Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

Competition Number: 23025

Job Title: Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

Department: Corporate Services

Employment Type: Full-Time Union Exempt

Salary: The salary for this full-time exempt position is commensurate with experience and is supplemented by a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

Posted Date: February 17, 2023, 12:00 am

Closing Date: April 2, 2023, 11:30 pm

Last Modified: April 3, 2023, 5:59 am

Posting: Closed

Status: --


The Corporate Services Department is responsible for the management and administration of civic elections, the business of City Council and its committees, business license and bylaw enforcement, civic cemetery, and the City’s centralized communications, legal matters, and records management system including the protection of and access to City records under the FOIPPA. The department is also responsible for directing information technology systems and practices, human resources managment and is the liaison to the Comox Valley RCMP Detachment regarding community policing services.

Human Resources is responsible for planning, developing and leading the implementation of human resource programs, policies, standards and practices to support the accomplishment of the Corporation’s goals. The division provides professional services in human resources planning and management, labour and employee relations, occupational health, safety, and wellness, compensation and benefits.

Our organization's culture is demonstrated by our Corporate Mission and Core Values.

The Opportunity

The successful candidate will develop, implement and maintain a corporate-wide Occupational Health and Safety management system to help ensure the safety of the workforce and compliance with relevant legislation.  This position provides advice and guidance in the interpretation and application of all applicable legislation; promotes safety awareness; strives towards continuous improvement of the City’s safety program; and fosters a strong safety culture.  The OH&S Advisor liaises with WorkSafeBC and helps to facilitate the City’s Stay at Work / Return to Work program.  The successful candidate will also ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC requirements and COR standards. 

The Successful Candidate Will Have: 

  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or an equivalent combination of formal OH&S education, ongoing professional development and work experience.
  • Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation or equivalent (CSP) or ability to apply for and write the CRSP examination.
  • BC Class 5 Drivers License.
  • Considerable (5 – 7 years) health and safety and claims management experience (hands on experience in designing and implementing safety programs, conducting safety audits, and delivering safety related training) in a unionized environment.
  • Sound experience coordinating or supporting disability management initiatives.
  • Thorough knowledge of BC OH&S Regulations, Workers’ Compensation Act and Return to Work programs and strategies.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, consultative, research, motivational, conflict resolution, team building and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong office computer skills, including the ability to maintain online incident data base, create reports and performing statistical analysis.
  • Ability to compose clear, comprehensive and concise written procedures, reports, correspondence and presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts such as City staff at all levels, other local governments, government agencies, and consultants.
  • Ability to lead and mentor groups such as the Joint Health & Safety Committee, Incident investigation teams and other working groups, providing OHS expertise and oversight.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with employees regarding sensitive issues, and ability to influence and persuade employees and managers that safety is in their best interest
  • Familiarity with Collective Agreements and working in a unionized environment
  • Some knowledge of employment legislation, Human Resources functions, principles, statutory requirements and human rights issues


  • Experience working in public sector operations is an asset
  • Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) or ROH Technologist (ROHT)
  • Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) or Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP)

If you have the qualifications along with the passion to help Courtenay be the most livable City in British Columbia, then submit a resume outlining how you meet the qualifications with a covering letter clearly marked “Application – OH&S Advisor”.  Submit your application through the “Apply” button below. 

Application reviews will begin on March 8; however, this posting will remain open until filled. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those short listed will be contacted.



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