Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Canadian Tire employees during a ski weekend at Horseshoe Valley Resort   (Photo credit: richard sibbald)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Tire Corporation Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • Canadian Tire's charitable focus for the past 10 years has been "Jumpstart Charities", a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers for children to participate in sport and physical activity -- the initiative is comprised of a network of 311 local Jumpstart chapters and has helped over 1 million kids to date
  • Canadian Tire lets everyone share in the company's success through a profit-sharing plan and offers contributions to a matching RSP plan and defined contribution pension plan to help employees save for the future
  • Canadian Tire offers a number of communication and feedback tools to keep employees up to date and capture feedback, from "The Torch" newsletter and the aptly named "inTIREnet" intranet to the "HotiDEAS" online feedback forum, which offers employees opportunities to pitch their ideas directly to senior leadership
Canadian Tire employees and their families at the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Games in Toronto, ON   (Photo credit: Canadian Tire Corp / Richard Sib)

Employer Background

Industry Retail
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 85,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.48%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.83
Longest serving employee 49.43 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office consists of 4 towers located in Toronto's vibrant and gentrifying Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, which offers convenient access to numerous restaurants and shops as well as an underground mall and the subway system (the company's subsidiary FGL Sports' offices in Calgary and Laval feature onsite fitness centres with instructor-led classes), the Toronto office features, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, video games, foosball table, board games, table tennis, television viewing stations with bean bag chairs on every floor (used for major sporting events), the large common space (known as the Hub) can be booked for events off-hours as well as for charitable events
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, cafeteria was recently renovated and named Sandy's (after Sandy McTire who is the fellow on Canadian Tire money)
Other nearby amenities North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, fitness club, Eglinton Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name Canadian Tire Staff Association, in operation for over 30 years
Recent social events bi-annual Pin Party gala to celebrate long-serving employees, annual ski-day in March, annual Jumpstart Day fundraiser party, regular viewing of major sporting events such as the World Cup, a variety of employee sports teams, from hockey to baseball to a dragon boat racing
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Skip a Level meetings, The Podium (speaker series), town hall meetings, HotiDEAS (online suggestion program), new Facebook at Work (internal social media), Channel One (internal television channel)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Canadian Tire has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $750) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits significant discounts on merchandise (to 17.5%) from retail stores as well as a special discount on services through the company's Home Service program (to 10%), preferred rates on Options Mastercard

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Canadian Tire has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information can apply unused flex dollars to fitness club memberships, employees can also take advantage of discounted GoodLife fitness memberships (including 3 additional family memberships)
Family-friendly benefits note Canadian Tire has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $10,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information scholarship program includes 16 annual scholarships (each scholarship amounts to $2,500 annually for 4 years)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Canadian Tire has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 1 day off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information depending on their position, some employees start at 2 weeks of paid vacation allowance, duration of unpaid and self-funded leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Going for Gold (formal employee recognition program with winners selected by a special panel and the CEO directly), High5 recognition (recipients can use reward points for merchandise or donate to charity), Spotlight Stories (individual employee recognition featured on the corporate intranet and Facebook at Work site), Marketing Award of Excellence, President's Award for Outstanding Leadership, Customer For Life awards (peer nominated recognition award for financial services employees)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 57,000 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported through the Jumpstart Charities program, Canadian Tire supports numerous events and community organizations across the country including local Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCA, municipal recreation programs as well as numerous local hockey and sports teams, festivals and hospitals in towns and cities across Canada
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight The company's national charity, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, helps financially disadvantaged families enroll their children in sports and recreational activities. Canadian Tire's signature charity recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and has already helped over 1,000,000 kids afford fun and recreational activities. The company is also a founding member of ACTIVE AT SCHOOL, a group of over 60 organizations working to encourage Canadian youth and children to engage in physical activity 1 hour a day, before, during, or after school.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Tire Corporation Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Canadian Tire manages a 12-month Next Generation Talent Rotational Program to help aspiring IT professionals develop broad technological expertise -- the program features three 12-month rotations within different areas of IT as well as mentoring and monthly lunch and learn sessions with senior executives
  • Additionally, Canadian Tire offers a Finance Associate Analyst Rotational Program for graduates interested in finance -- participants gain experience in financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, treasury and corporate accounting, and receive financial support when obtaining their CPA designation
  • Canadian Tire recently expanded its HotiDEAS forum to students, creating a competition exclusively for co-op students to identify opportunities to improve the recruitment and on-boarding process, in-house technical systems, and software and hardware (to name only a few areas of potential review) and provide solutions to senior leadership
Canadian Tire's 'next generation' of IT employees working at the company's Digital Garage facility in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario   (Photo credit: Cameron Jenkins)


Industry Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 85,000
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 3-week Replenishment Analyst new graduate program to provide exposure to supply chain and merchandising practices, Technology Acceleration Program for new graduates at FGL Sports or Mark's, 12-month supply chain internship, Marketing Rotational Program, students can volunteer as members of the company's Student Social Committee and plan recreational activities for co-op and summer students

The Career Directory

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Canadian Tire co-op student finalists in the 2016 HOTiDeas competition

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 85,000
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads Canadian Tire offers a number of rotational programs to help students and new grads gain career-level experience, including the Emerging Marketers Program, Next Generation Talent Program, Finance Associate Analyst Program, and the Technology Acceleration Program, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Emerging Marketer, Technology Associate, Finance Associate Analyst, Replenishment Analyst, Forecasting Analyst, Business Analyst, Technology Specialist
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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