Vale

About Vale in Canada


  • Vale is a pioneering mining company that works with passion to discover and transform resources into the ingredients essential to people's daily lives.
  • Vale is a truly global company, mining in two hemispheres, operating on five continents, and employing more than 110,000 people in more than 38 countries.
  • Vale's base metals business, which includes nickel, copper, PGMs, precious metals and cobalt, is head-quartered in Toronto. Its Canadian Operations currently employ over 6,000 professionals and provide mining opportunities across Canada.


Our promise to you

As Canada's largest producer of nickel and with an exceptional portfolio of projects, Vale's growth potential is unparalleled. For you, this means opportunity. Vale operates in local communities across Canada.

Safety is our top priority.

  • Vale's first priority is people - nothing is more important. We aim to grow profitably but only as a safe, high-quality and sustainable mining company.
  • Vale is committed to 'Zero Harm' - to our employees, our community and the environment.
  • In recognition of our employees' commitment to safety and health, our mines across Canada were awarded the national John T. Ryan Trophy six times in the past seven years.

We support the communities we're a part of.

  • From 2008 to 2010, Vale invested over $20 million in the communities where we operate.
  • Investments have included everything from local community programs to national education initiatives. Vale is also proud to have invested over $5 million in scholarships for our employees and retirees and their dependents.

We strive to improve every single day.

  • We believe in innovation as a foundation for our development, to create the mining of the future and achieve our vision of being the biggest and best mining company in the world.
  • Vale is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the industry with over 1,800 patents to date.
  • Our innovative Research & Development team is inspired by the desire to improve efficiencies in all areas of mining.
  • Many state-of-the-art mining technologies and equipment used today were developed at our world class Base Metals Technology Development facilities in Mississauga, Ontario.

Total Rewards Offering

Maybe you've heard this before..
"We follow a total rewards approach" ...but...

What does this mean to you?
  • At Vale, we believe that our employees deserve to share the rewards of our success. We strive to pay above market, specifically at the upper quartile in terms of total compensation. Vale achieves this through a competitive base salary structure, short term incentives, long term incentives, and employee share matching programs.  Total compensation at Vale is designed to ensure that our employees are paid higher than their peers within the industry.
  • To meet this compensation goal, Vale conducts benchmarking surveys and uses third-party services to perform annual reviews of employee compensation.
  • Vale offers a highly attractive and comprehensive suite of pension, educational assistance, and group benefit programs:
  • Health Benefits: prescription drugs, vision care, dental, semi-private hospital room, and major medical.
  • Short & Long term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Maternity / Adoption leave salary top up
  • Educational Assistance: Post graduate studies, courses, and certifications.
  • Professional Memberships
Career Development
  • Vale recognizes and prioritizes the career development of our talented employees. Aligned with the growing and changing demands of our Businesses, our Career and Succession process occurs on an annual basis where Vale identifies high potential employees and plans for successors of the company's strategic positions through the assessment of competencies and potential. This allows for the design and implementation of development plans that will ensure the right people are in the right role.
  • Vale was recently chosen from among 30 global companies to receive the "BizX Innovation Award" from SuccessFactors for our unique Career and Succession process, which empowers local HR groups to facilitate discussions about our employees' careers to ensure global alignment.

Where do I fit in?

At Vale, you'll discover a wealth of opportunities to apply your education, skills and technical expertise. This chart details thediversity of positions we offer in our various business areas.

Co-op And Internships



Opportunities run deep at Vale. It's how we're able to offer extensive co-op and internship programs at many of our Canadian and international sites and our corporate office. Beyond the opportunity to use your skills and abilities, our programs are designed to give you the experience you need to succeed.

As you work and learn alongside other students and our skilled professionals, you will have the opportunity to discover the world of possibilities at Vale. You'll gain experience through formal programs that give you exposure to new employees in our engineering, geology and leadership development programs, as well as senior members of our organization. We encourage open communication and feedback to ensure your success. Many of our co-ops and interns start their full-time careers with us upon graduation

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