A team of over 195,000 people in more than 30 countries.

At Vale, we are mining the world for high-grade minerals.

And the best new talent in the industry.

Join host Jason as he follows 4 Vale EITs and GITs for an inside look at their careers at Vale.

Why join Vale?

Vale is mining the world for high-grade minerals and the finest talent in the industry. At Vale, you can embark on the most ambitious journey of your career.
Vale employees are engineers, underground miners, geologists, scientists, accountants, communicators, and HR professionals, to name just a few.
As an established leader in Canada since 1902, Vale is committed to the highest standards in all dimensions of its operations to ensure our sustainable future.

Where do you fit in?

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 communities and our 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 2012, Vale invested over $26 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.
Our Promise

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 the diversity of positions we offer in our various business areas.

Total Rewards Offering

We follow a total rewards approach

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 from a total compensation standpoint, with a strong focus on pay performance. This means that, while offering competitive base pay within the industry, our short and long term incentive programs are designed to reward and promote performance by taking a total compensation to a higher level.

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 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 leave salary top up
  • Educational Assistance: Post graduate studies, courses, and certifications.
  • Professional Memberships

Vale also provides a scholarship program for the children of employees and pensioners in Canada. Since the program started in 1956, we have awarded over $5 million in university scholarships to deserving young scholars.

Vale's philosophy is to promote a culture of global mobility that will meet our strategic business requirements wherever we operate and support development of our top talent by having mobility viewed as an attractive part of career development.

In 2010 we relocated over 120 new hires within Canada. Additionally, Vale has over 600 employees on international assignments around the world, of which 80 are from Canada.

Our Promise

Work Where You Can Live

To learn about Vale's many operations and projects across Canada, and the communities in which we operate, please rollover the map and select a location.

Where do you fit in?

Ontario Operations

Vale's history began in Sudbury, Ontario when the discovery of ore was made more than 100 years ago. In addition to the rich deposits of base metals that Vale currently mines in the Sudbury region, exploration efforts continue to discover additional deposits of nickel, copper and precious metals.

Our current Ontario Operations is home to a refinery and packaging centre in Port Colborne, Ontario, as well as six mines, a mill, a smelter and a refinery in Sudbury – making it one of the largest integrated mining operations in the world.

Not only is it one of the largest mining operations, it's also one of the safest too. In the very recent past, Sudbury's mines have won the national CIM John T. Ryan safety award four years in a row (from 2006-2009). This prize is awarded to the mine with the lowest accident frequency in all of Canada.

Sudbury is also the heart of Vale's environmental initiatives. In partnership with the community, we have made great strides in our environmental recovery program, both in terms of reducing atmospheric emissions and reclamation activities. Our improved mining practices and support in the re-greening of the region helped make Sudbury one of twelve world cities awarded the Local Government Honours Award at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit.

About Sudbury

Sudbury serves as the regional capital of northeastern Ontario, with a population of approximately 160,000. Located 390 kilometres north of Toronto, Sudbury is considered the mining capital of the world. It is a bilingual city with the third largest Francophone population in Canada outside of Quebec.

As one of the sunniest areas in Ontario, Sudbury is also home to more than 330 lakes within the city limits and some of the most majestic scenery in the north. It makes the city ideal for a multitude of outdoor activities, including golfing, skiing, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and boating. Sudbury's extensive line-up of annual festivals has garnered this community the title of “Festival Capital of Northern Ontario.”

Sudbury also serves as a hub for education and healthcare for the North. It boasts two colleges and a university, including a new School of Medicine and a newly announced School of Architecture. The Sudbury Regional Hospital and the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre provide services to more than 600,000 people across Northern Ontario.

Manitoba Operations

Thompson, Manitoba, is located 740 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is named after John F. Thompson, chairman of International Nickel when a significant body of ore was discovered there in 1956. In its first 50 years of production, the operation produced more than five billion pounds of 99.99% electrolytic nickel.

Known as "the Hub of the North," Thompson is home to our Manitoba Operations, consisting of the Thompson and Birchtree Mines along with the Thompson Mill, Thompson Smelter and Thomson Refinery. The operations employ about 1,500 people and cover some 250 acres. Its goal is to continue to grow as a safe, high-quality, sustainable and long-term nickel producer. We are committed to Zero Harm to our employees, to the community and to the environment, and we work to achieve that goal through a risk-management culture called SafeProduction. In recognition of our employees' commitment to SafeProduction, our Manitoba mines were awarded the national John T. Ryan trophy for 2011.

About Thompson

The City of Thompson is a hub of hospitality and growth, and serves as a commercial, industrial, financial, transportation, entertainment, educational and health centre to north central Manitoba.

Uniquely set among numerous pristine lakes in the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Shield, Thompson offers almost endless recreational activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is fishing, canoeing, hunting, snowmobiling, water skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cross country skiing, biking, quading and more. You can also take part in a wide variety of organized sporting activities such as hockey, broomball, ringette, tennis, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and golf. Indoor activities include racquetball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, dance, tai chi, martial arts, and swimming. There are also cultural activities such as theatre, dance, quilting, crafting, choral and community band. Thompson also has a movie theatre, museum, hiking/walking trails, five and ten-pin bowling alley, stabling facility for horses, and art gallery.

The city provides nightlife spots, fast food and high cuisine restaurants, shopping centers, and special attractions such as Winterfest, Nickel Days and National Aboriginal Day. In summer, Thompson hosts a number of children's day camps and cultural activities. You are also only a few minutes away from camping spots, a marina, scenic Pisew Falls and hiking trails.

Vale Newfoundland & Labrador Operations

Voisey's Bay

Vale's Newfoundland and Labrador Operations began at the Voisey's Bay, Labrador Mine and Concentrator Project in 2005 where mining and milling activities continue today in one of Canada's most significant mineral discoveries.

The Voisey's Bay site employs a workforce of 450 and is a remote fly-in/fly-out operation located on the north coast of Labrador, approximately 35 kilometres southwest of Nain and 350 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Voisey's Bay camp complex offers first class accommodations that include a cafeteria, a full size gymnasium, a squash court and cardio and weight exercise facilities. Medical and emergency response facilities, along with a mine service office and maintenance complex, support the operation. The Voisey's Bay site has a fully functioning port allowing the shipment of materials and supplies to site, and shipment of concentrate from site year round.

Long Harbour

In Long Harbour, Newfoundland, located approximately 95 kilometres west of St. John's, Vale is completing a new processing plant. When fully operational, the processing plant will employ approximately 500 people and utilize state-of-the-art hydromet technology to process concentrate from the Voisey's Bay Operation.

This revolutionary new facility is the next generation in nickel processing, and we're taking a revolutionary approach to the careers of the people who will make it successful. Together we are building a highly engaged, high performance work force. Our model supports employee development and progression within a broadly defined role that maximizes employee flexibility, productivity and opportunities for growth.

At Long Harbour, we will focus on operations, maintenance, and improvement work all in one role. Our goal is to foster high employee morale and outstanding business results driven by safety, productivity, quality and efficiency.

Above all else, we will prioritize life and value our people.

About Voisey's Bay and Long Harbour

Vale's Newfoundland and Labrador Operations illustrate the priority placed on developing relationships, including those with the Federal and Provincial Governments and Aboriginal Communities. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Vale has collaborated with the Innu Nation and Nunatsiavut Government on a wide range of issues, including the preservation of Aboriginal social and cultural values and environmental protection.

As a community focused company, we are proud of our community investments in Newfoundland and Labrador, including a $20 million gift to Memorial University in St. John's to establish and operate the Bruneau Centre of Research and Innovation, and a $15 million contribution towards the construction of a new hospital in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and a $5 million contribution to the town of Long Harbour to construct a new fire hall and town centre.

Vale Fertilizers

Vale is investing in the international fertilizer industry with the objective to become a leader in the global market. The company has been developing projects and acquiring fertilizer assets in order to elevate Vale to one of the world's largest producers.

Vale's Kronau Project in Saskatchewan will form an integral part of its overall global potash production strategy.

Vale Fertilizer

The Kronau Project

The Kronau Project is located approximately 30 km southeast of the City of Regina. Currently in the study phase of the Project, it is anticipated that once operational, potash ore (sylvinite) will be extracted via solution mining from up to three potash beds.

The Kronau Project remains in the pre-feasibility stage while we work through the necessary environmental assessments and engage with Aboriginal communities and local stakeholders to ensure that all concerns are addressed. We remain committed to this vital project and are looking forward to becoming a part of the community. The Kronau Project offers people the chance to be part of the development and definition of a world class potash solution mine. During the Project's definition and development, successful candidates will gain an invaluable and unique experience.

Base Metals Technology Development

Vale's Base Metals Technology Development (BMTD), located in Mississauga, Ontario since 1964, has played a key role in the development and commissioning of a variety of large projects including the Voisey's Bay project in Newfoundland and Labrador and major upgrades in the Sudbury, Thompson and Indonesia Operations. This team works to enhance Vale's competitive edge and support growth strategies through the safe and environmentally responsible use of technology.

Vale operates two research and technology facilities in Mississauga, Ontario and employs more than 140 employees working in 76,000 square feet of laboratory, mini-plant space and offices. In addition our Port Colborne facility allows us to test pyrometallurgical processes at a pilot plant level.

The team is focused on the long-term sustainability of our current operations and supports the development of new and future projects to satisfy the world's demand for nickel and other base metals. To carry out this work, the Base Metals Technology Development group is divided into two functional areas. Within our Process Research group, employees focus on research and development and operations support in the areas of mineralogy, mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and carbonyl technology. The Process Engineering and Strategic Studies group is involved with flowsheet development, scoping level studies and the development of feasibility studies for potential nickel projects.

About Mississauga

Vale's Base Metals Technology Development facilities are located in Mississauga's Sheridan Park Research community, a 340-acre campus initiated and built by industry and devoted entirely to industrial research and development. Vale is a founding member of this initiative.

Mississauga, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, is Canada's sixth largest city and Ontario's third largest. A vibrant, growing and diverse community, Mississauga offers all the benefits of city living and easy access to Ontario's scenic cottage country, numerous golf courses, and excellent downhill skiing. Cultural, social and recreational activities can be found close by - whether your interests are suited to the bustling waterfront, world-class art and theatre at the Living Arts Centre, watching salmon migrate in the Credit River or shopping at Square One, one of Ontario's largest shopping malls. Being just 20 minutes from downtown Toronto by car or public transportation gives you access to major league sports, music, urban nightlife and the endless amenities afforded by one of the world's most cosmopolitan.

About Mississuaga

Recent Graduates Program

Our world-class training and employee development programs, which include apprenticeships, an innovative Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Geologist-in-Training (GIT) program and leadership development programs, mean that you'll get the support and experience you need to define your own career path.

As an EIT or GIT, you could spend one rotation in our state-of-the-art R&D facilities and the next rotation working ground control in a mine. At Vale, the possibilities are endless. Whether you join our team with a background in chemical engineering, geology, mining engineering or a skilled trade, you will gain a well-rounded perspective on what we do and where you want to take your career.

Find out more about Vale's Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and Geologist-In-Training (GIT) programs first-hand from the people who've been through it all, and have great careers to show for it.

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Recruitment Events

Here are the events we have attended or plan to attend in 2013. Each year, Vale recruits from a variety of sites, professional events, schools and campuses. When we are in your town, drop by and explore the variety of options available. At Vale, we're always mining for top talent and so our recruitment activities are all year round.

Industry Events

Aboriginal Human Resources Council – National Aboriginal Virtual Recruitment Fair

January 31, 2013 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

Live webcast, career booth and live chats with Vale Ambassadors
(On-demand event will be available for 90 days)

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2013 Convention

March 3 – 6, 2013

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Vale Exploration Booth in the Investors Exchange Area

Canadian Institute of Mining 2013 Convention – Job Fair

May 5 – 7, 2013

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Vale Career Booth and opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors

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Student Events

Student Program at PDAC 2013 Convention

March 3 – 6, 2013

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), Front Street, Toronto

Red River College Career Fair

March 6 – 7, 2013

Red River College, Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Vale Career Booth and opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors

Canadian Mining Games

March 7 – 9, 2013

Co-hosted by McGill University and L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors


How do I apply for a position?

To apply for a position, visit our Canadian Current Opportunities page and review and select from the positions listed. You can make use of the search feature to narrow down the options, or you can scroll through the list to see what is available.

Can I mail or drop off my application instead?

Vale prefers that applications are submitted online directly to the position(s) being applied for.

What is an Application Profile and why should I set one up?

This optional feature is designed to help save time if you want to apply to several jobs, or if you decide that you would like to apply again in the future. You will enter your email address and be asked to create a password as part of this process.

I forgot my password for my Application Profile, what should I do?

Enter your email address on the Login page, and click on Reset Password. You will receive an email with instructions on how to reactivate your account. Until you reactivate your account using this link, your account is locked.

How does Job Alert work?

Use the Job Alert function to receive email notification of all new job opportunities that match your criteria and key words. You can set up as many Job Alerts as you wish, and each Job Alert is valid for 30 days. You can create, modify or delete a Job Alert at any time by coming back to the same Job Alert page.

I want to update a past application, I forgot to include my resume, or I had difficulty when applying for a role. What should I do?

When you first submit your application, on the last page of the application process, you will be invited to bookmark the webpage to allow you to return at a later time to update your application if required. Please double check that you are submitting the most up to date and current contact information as well as resume, cover letter and any other documentation requested.

If you still need help with updating your application, please contact the Vale location where you applied.

I don't see a position I'm interested in applying to right now but I'd like to be informed when new postings become available. What should I do?

If you already have an Applicant Profile, you will be asked to login before you set up your Job Alert. If you do not have an Applicant Profile, you will just be asked to enter your email address. The Job Alert notifies you by email when a new position(s) becomes available according to the criteria and key words you establish.

When is the next career fair?

Vale may soon be coming to a recruitment event or community near you. Visit our Recruitment Events Page to confirm.

What's it like to be an EIT or GIT with Vale?

Find out more about Vale's Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and Geologist-In-Training (GIT) programs first-hand from the people who've been through it all, and have great careers to show for it by visiting valejobs.ca

Does Vale offer summer student/intern/co-op positions?

Please visit the Student and New Graduate Opportunities page to see what job opportunities are currently available. To find out more about what these roles are all about, be sure to check out the informative Student and Recent Graduate page too.

Can I volunteer with Vale?

No, Vale does not offer volunteer positions.

Does Vale accept applications from those who are not currently eligible to work in Canada?

First consideration is provided to applicants who are legally eligible to work in Canada. Those who are not currently eligible to work in Canada are welcome to apply, and would be considered for positions where global talent sourcing will enable us to achieve our strategic business needs.

Does Vale offer relocation assistance?

Vale offers a comprehensive relocation package to qualified new hires.

What can I expect in terms of a Total Rewards offering from Vale?

While offering competitive base pay within the industry, our short- and long-term incentive programs are designed to reward and promote performance by elevating total compensation to a higher level. Vale also offers a highly attractive and comprehensive suite of pension, educational assistance and benefit programs. Visit our Total Rewards Offering page to learn more.

What is it really like to live in the communities where Vale operates?

Our employees work in vibrant communities – rural, urban and remote – across Canada. And we're proud to contribute to the quality of life in each one. Visit our Living Where You Work page to learn more.

How does the Recruitment process work at Vale, what should I expect?

Depending on the position you are being interviewed for, you might encounter either a group or individual interview, and you may be interviewed by one person, or a small panel of interviewers. If you are selected for an interview, a Vale Recruiter will explain the process further and answer any questions you may have.

What is a behavioural interview and how can I prepare for it?

Please visit our How to Prepare for a Vale Interview page to learn more.

What happens after the interview? Does Vale conduct background checks and pre-employment medicals?

Yes, Vale's offers of employment are generally conditional on the completion of a full background check which may include employment verification, employment references, an education/certification check, criminal record check, and in most of our operations, a pre-employment medical where required.

If I am presented with a conditional offer of employment following the interview process, is there anything I can do to help the background check and pre-employment medical process move along quickly?

You can certainly help expedite this process by being prepared and getting your information ready and organized in advance of being asked to complete the background check and pre-employment medical process. If you are selected to continue in the recruitment process, a Vale Recruiter will explain this process further and identify what information will be required of you.

Can I expect to be contacted if I am not selected to participate in the interview process for the position I have applied to?

You can expect to receive acknowledgement of your online application by email. Please check your email settings, filters and junk folder if you did not receive the acknowledgement.

Due to the volume of applications received, only those applicants selected to proceed in the interview process will receive further contact from a Vale Recruiter.

Do you keep my resume on file?

We encourage you to proactively apply to those positions that interest you the most. However yes, even if you are not selected for an interview, your application remains in our database and is searchable by our Vale Recruiters.