Focus on People Updates

Call for nominations for the 2023 President’s Awards for Staff

Do you have a colleague who inspires you to be your best, or know a staff member who made innovative contributions to shape the future of teaching, research, or work at UBC?

To recognize and celebrate those who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community, we invite all students, faculty and staff to nominate staff for the 2023 President’s Service Award for Excellence and the President’s Staff Awards.

This year, a new category, the President’s Staff Awards for Collaborative Excellence, has been introduced to recognize collaborative achievements. This category is open for nominations of groups of two or more staff, whereas the other categories are open for nominations of individuals.

Detailed award criteria is available in the nomination package on the UBC Focus on People website. The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, April 7.

Read past recipient profiles and their contributions to making UBC a great place to work, learn, and research.

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UBC recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2023 

UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2023. 

This designation recognizes the British Columbian employers that lead as exceptional places to work – and who offer employees the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. 

Three reasons why UBC is one of BC’s Top Employers this year: 

  • UBC organizes an annual Thrive campaign to encourage mental wellbeing through dialogue, awareness, healthy choices, social support and understanding of mental health challenges — and offers generous coverage for mental health practitioners as part of its benefits plan (up to $3,000 annually).
  • UBC supports employees through various stages of life, from maternity leave top-up payments for mothers-to-be and flexible work options to help balance personal and family commitments to phased-in retirement work options for those in the later stages of their career.
  • UBC helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance services and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan. 

UBC offers a variety of opportunities for professional development as well as creating connections with colleagues, such as through the UBC Hot Lunch initiative (monthly lunches with a senior leader who shares their personal and professional experience). 

Read more about BC’s Top Employers awards at 

See also: 

  • Looking to join UBC? View our careers and job postings 
  • Visit Focus on People 2025 to learn how we’re making UBC a first-choice place to learn and work.  
  • Visit UBC Today for the latest news, events, and useful dates from across UBC, curated for faculty and staff by Internal Communications.


UBC named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2023

UBC is recognized today as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2023.  

This award recognizes employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.  

As we strive to make UBC a great place to learn and work for all, many programs and services are designed to welcome young employees and those who are new to the workplace, and help them grow in their careers. These programs include university-wide orientation and in-house apprenticeship programs, as well as coaching and career navigation services, workplace learning opportunities, tuition waivers and professional development funding 

As part of the university community, faculty and staff are invited to mental health training and workshops and encouraged to foster workplace wellbeing and take part in wellbeing initiatives. In addition, faculty and staff have access to a range of physical health options, including athletics and recreation facilities, which complement UBC’s many attractions at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.   

Three reasons why UBC is named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People this year:  

  • UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office is a resource centre that provides support, advocacy, and professional development for postdocs — the Office’s flagship initiative, the Foundations of Career Planning program, aids participants in transitioning to the next stage of their careers through the creation of a development plan, support in assembling a professional portfolio, and help with interviewing and negotiation.
  • The office also manages a Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching Internship, a teaching development program to provide post-docs with an opportunity to develop and deliver guest lectures with a faculty mentor — the program includes a teaching-intensive workshop and a one-term mentorship program. 
  • UBC manages a Red Seal culinary apprenticeship program, enabling chefs to earn their certification while immersed in a full range of culinary experiences at the university.  

This marks the 11th consecutive year UBC is awarded this honour.  Read more about Canada’s Top 100 Employers awards at  


See also:  

  • Looking to join UBC? View our careers and job postings 
  • Visit UBC Today for the latest news, events, and useful dates from across UBC, curated for faculty and staff by UBC Internal Communications.  
  • Visit Focus on People 2025 to learn how we’re striving to make UBC a first-choice place to learn and work. 

Discount programs encourage use of public transit


A number of pilot initiatives help reduce emissions during employees’ commute to campus by offering discounts for local transit.

ProPASS Pilot Program

UBC Okanagan faculty and staff are eligible to enroll in the ProPASS program to receive 15% discount off regular adult monthly bus passes for a minimum of one four-month Pass Period.

Initially launched in fall 2021 and continuing through fall 2022, the pilot aims to reduce the number of vehicles being driven to and from campus daily by encouraging and incentivizing employees to use transit. UBCO has partnered with BC Transit and their regional partners to offer the ProPASS to employees.

BC Transit has also announced they will be launching a new electronic fare collection system, Umo, in BC in late 2022. UBCO will be working closely with BC Transit and their regional partners on the modifications to the ProPASS Program to align with the new Umo system in 2023.

Learn more about the ProPass Pilot Program.


Program for CUPE 116 members

In June 2022, a new Discounted Transit Pass Program became available to eligible CUPE 116 members to support the use of transit to get to and from work. This initiative helps mitigate transportation costs in a meaningful way for as many CUPE 116 members as possible, with a deliberate focus on those who need it most.

The program provides eligible members with a 50% discount on a monthly transit pass for zones 1, 2 or 3. Information has been shared directly with eligible CUPE 116 members to encourage participation.

Members of CUPE 116 typically include trades, food services and hospitality services, technician/research assistants as well as in a variety of diverse positions at the Vancouver campus.

Details on eligibility, instructions for participating in the pilot, FAQs, and other supporting documents are available in the Sustainable Transportation Initiative Pilot Project – Information Package.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact your Employee Relations representative.