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We value our employees

Vancouver Coastal Health offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which may vary depending on collective agreement and employment status. Most packages include the following:

Comprehensive Health Benefits

MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN

MSP provides payment of medically required services provided by medical practitioners, specialists, supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.

EXTENDED HEALTH CARE

Extended Health Care is designed to assist members in paying for specified services and supplies not provided under the provincial government health plan such as prescription drugs, hospital accommodation differential costs, and vision care, to name a few.

DENTAL

Dental coverage provides for reimbursement of basic, restorative and orthodontic services, subject to some maximums.

SICK LEAVE

Short-term sick leave is accrued based on 1.5 days per month (prorated for part-time) and paid in the event of a non-occupational illness or accident. The maximum accrual is 156 days.

LONG-TERM DISABILITY

Long-term disability provides continuing income in the event of disability. Upon completion of the qualifying period, the benefit replaces a percentage of your pre-disability income.

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE

This insurance provides financial protection to your beneficiary in the event of death while employed with VCH.

ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE

This insurance provides additional financial protection over and above the group life insurance to your beneficiary in the event of accidental death while employed with VCH. A sum of financial protection is offered should dismemberment happen while employed with VCH.

Vacation, Holidays, and Leave

Most vacation entitlement starts at four weeks with additional time accrued based on years of service.

HOLIDAYS

Eleven statutory holidays are observed.

SPECIAL LEAVE

Special leave is accrued based on 0.5 days every four weeks (prorated for part-time) and may be granted for marriage leave, additional compassionate leave, paternity leave etc.

MATERNITY, PARENTAL AND ADOPTION LEAVES

Maternity, parental and adoption leaves are granted based on the provisions of the Employment Standards Act. A supplemental employment benefit (SEB) may be payable to eligible employees.

Municipal Pension Plan

The municipal pension plan includes employee and employer contributions, invested to provide a pension income upon retirement.

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Relocation Assistance

New employees of Vancouver Coastal Health may be eligible for financial relocation assistance if they are posting into a “difficult to fill” regular position.

FOR UNIONIZED ROLES

  1. Relocation assistance is not paid to anyone within BC who is traveling less than 150km, unless ferry travel is involved.
  2. Relocation assistance up to a maximum of $3,000 Canadian is available for new VCH employees who are traveling 150+ km from other areas of BC and going directly to their place of employment with VCH.
  3. Relocation assistance up to a maximum of $5,000 Canadian is available for new VCH employees who are traveling directly to their place of employment with VCH. To be eligible for this amount, the employee must be relocating from outside of BC.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Only the following expenses are eligible for relocation assistance up to the maximum approved by VCH. Original receipts (not credit card statements) must be submitted to VCH to be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Moving household goods by a professional mover
  • Travel expenses
    • Air travel for you, your spouse, and your dependent children who will be relocating to Vancouver with you (Note: Only one-way air travel is covered. If you purchase a return fare ticket, VCH will reimburse half the cost of the return flight), or
    • Train or ferry costs for employee and immediate family members, or
    • Gas for vehicle when driving directly between residence at time of offer and initial residence for employment at VCH
  • Moving truck rental (for those moving their own household goods)
  • Reasonable lodging, in the event an employee is driving
  • First month’s rent or temporary lodging upon arrival in Vancouver
  • Cost of immigration medical examination for the employee
  • Canadian High Commission – Employment Authorization for the employee (work permit)
  • Cost of qualifying/upgrading course(s) required for you to obtain CRNBC/CRPNBC eligibility (note that processing and registration fees are not covered)
  • Cost of emergency medical coverage during first three months of employment for you, your spouse, and dependent children (can be purchased upon arrival in Vancouver)

All other expenses are your responsibility.

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