Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
The executive team at Catholic Children's Aid Society

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

Here are some of the reasons why Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • As part of CCAS of Toronto's health benefits plan, employees receive a health spending account of up to $1,000 per year which can be used to cover a variety of additional wellness-related expenses -- the organization also hosts wellness webinars to keep employees up to date on related topics
  • CCAS of Toronto supports employees who are new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments of up to 70% of salary for up to 35 weeks
  • CCAS of Toronto is a pioneer in providing more time off to employees in a challenging industry, offering 4 weeks of vacation to start and up to 10 paid personal days off, which can be used throughout the year
Catholic Children's Aid Society employees being recognized for long service   (Photo credit: Barbara Telfer)

Employer Background

Industry Child and Youth Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 503
Part-time employees in Canada 27
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 38 years

Physical Workplace B

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features CCAS maintains 4 locations across Toronto, the downtown head office is a 3-storey building located in a diverse, multi-cultural neighbourhood and features, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, magazines, books
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Church Street Community Centre, fitness club, Queen's Park, Allen Gardens, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Maitland Social Committee (est. 2013)
Recent social events Black History Month celebrations, foster care recognition event, children's Christmas party, Halloween cake contest, volunteer recognition celebrations
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note CCAS has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 14 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)
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 70% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 70% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $1,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 10 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 36 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information after 10 years on the job, employees receive an additional day of vacation each year, up to a maximum of 6 weeks annual vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development B

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs tuition coverage amounts for both related and unrelated courses are determined on a case-by-case basis, placements for college and university students

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Hope for Children Foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, African Canadian Legal Clinic, Camp Oochigeas
Community highlight In keeping with their line of work, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto and its employees primarily support charitable initiatives that focus on children, youth and families.

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