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Posted on: February 14, 2023

Coquitlam Recognized as a Top Employer for Sixth Year

Three Coquitlam staff members look over plans

COQUITLAM, B.C., Feb. 14, 2023 – The City of Coquitlam has been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for the sixth year in a row.

In the annual competition held by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, the awards recognize B.C. employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. 

Applicants are evaluated on nine criteria: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Find out more at .

Nominees are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Coquitlam is one of only three Metro Vancouver municipalities to have been awarded this distinction for 2023.  

A Focus on Work-Life Balance 

As a top employer, the City of Coquitlam focuses on supporting employee growth and retention by creating opportunities for training and advancement. With an award-winning Leadership Development Program and regular mentorship pop-ups, staff are encouraged to connect with leaders across the organization, and to collaborate with other business areas to enhance their skillsets and knowledge base.  

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package and a formal hybrid work policy, the City prides itself on its health and safety record. From ergonomic support to programs that include a Supervisor Safety certification and Mental Health Champions training, Coquitlam facilitates peer support and continuous education to support mental and physical wellbeing. The City also encourages staff to prioritize physical wellness with an amazing network of walking paths and trails near civic facilities.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

With more than 1,900 staff members, the City of Coquitlam has an ongoing commitment to enhance its recruitment and retention process with a focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). This commitment includes: 

  • Creating public-facing communications that foster a sense of belonging in our community.
  • Ensuring the City is creating safe spaces for all, including members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, through training and resources provided to all staff regarding gender diversity, ally-ship, and the importance of inclusive language.
  • Incorporating pronoun options within various internal City processes.
  • Developing an internal Transition Policy and Trans Inclusion Guidelines to support people, including City staff, who have transitioned or are transitioning.

About Coquitlam

City of Coquitlam employees make a difference within the local community through varied and meaningful career opportunities ranging from parks and recreation to information technology and community planning. As the sixth-largest city in B.C., Coquitlam is home to more than 150,000 residents. 

Our diverse municipality is a great place to work as we continue to grow through innovative urban design, inspiring arts, culture and recreation programs, and state-of-the-art transportation systems. Our organization is built on managing our resources in a responsible and sustainable manner, while supporting a vibrant, growing regional urban centre.

For more information on working at the City of Coquitlam, visit or follow the City on LinkedIn to get notifications of new employment opportunities.

An Award-Winning City

In addition to BC’s Top Employer Award, the City of Coquitlam has also been recognized with a Community Excellence Award by the Union of BC Municipalities for the ground-breaking Community Support & Recover Plan (CSRP), financial report and budget awards from the Government Finance Officers’ Association, four consecutive Organizational Safety Excellence Award from the BC Municipal Safety Association, a Tech Trailblazer Award for the City’s digital review process, an asset-management award from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers, and both provincial and national Communities in Bloom awards.

About BC’s Top Employers

The annual competition, which first began 15 years ago, is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers

The competition is sponsored by Mediacorp Canada, a publisher of employment periodicals that has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project since 1999, operates the job search engine, and co-hosts the Top Employer Summit for senior human resources professionals.

Coquitlam and the other 2023 winners will be featured in a special supplement of the Vancouver Sun on Feb. 14.

Media contact:
Renzo Del Negro 
Director, Human Resources

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