What it's like to work for the Halifax Regional Municipality

Work where you live.  Love where you work.  Make a difference at the Halifax Regional Municipality.

At the municipality, our careers in public service directly impact our region, our communities, and the people we serve.

Our customer-first approach means that we’re always striving to develop innovative and entrepreneurial ways to enhance citizens’ lives.

Employing over 4,000 people, we’re committed to being an inclusive, collaborative and respectful place to work. Come join us and enjoy progressive opportunities for development in addition to competitive salary and benefit packages.

Competitive salary and benefits

The municipality regularly surveys the market for salary information to stay competitive.

All permanent, full-time—and some part-time—positions have a group benefits package available including medical, dental, group life, and disability insurance. The benefits vary depending on the employee group (union or non-union). Group benefit contributions or premiums are shared between plan members and the municipality.

The municipality also offers a comprehensive defined benefit pension plan  to all eligible employees. This type of pension plan is based on your years of pensionable service and your best three-year average salary. You can better prepare for your retirement because you can estimate your future pension income. The plan also provides you with a specified income upon retirement, regardless of how long you live or market conditions. Plan contributions are shared between plan members and the municipality.

Professional development

Investing in employees’ professional development benefits the organization by creating a more highly skilled workforce and, by extension, a stronger public service. The municipality offers:


  • internal learning and development classes/opportunities
  • self-directed online training courses
  • workshops/seminars
  • education reimbursement (on eligible programs)

Career path

  • paid internship programs
  • apprentice programs (for specific jobs)
  • coaching/mentoring
  • internal secondments/temporary work assignments in a different area

Employee health and well-being

The municipality offers programs and opportunities that benefit employees’ health and well-being:

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program. Confidential, short-term counselling, advisory, and information service designed to offer assistance to deal with personal or work-related issues that may impact employees’ well-being and productivity.
  • Wellness workshops and education sessions. Past sessions have included topics such as mindfulness, stress management, change and transition, and yoga.
  • Flu vaccination clinics. A convenient way to receive the annual influenza vaccination, clinics are offered at various worksites around the municipality.
  • Fitness membership and recreation program discounts (many with payroll deduction options).


The following paid holidays are recognized for many employees* at the municipality:

  • Boxing Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday (Easter Monday in lieu)
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • August Civic Holiday (Natal Day)
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Heritage Day

* Many municipal services operate on paid holidays. When employees in those positions work on a holiday they are compensated in accordance with the provisions outlined in the relevant collective agreement (union contract) or employment policy.


Vacation entitlements are based on an employee’s length of service, status (full-time, part-time, etc.), and which collective agreement (union contract), if any, they belong to. However, many permanent, full-time municipal employees begin with 15 working days of paid vacation.