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Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The
Children's Aid Society of Toronto employees showing off their favourite hockey teams during Teamwork Month

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto ensures that employees can recharge with four weeks of starting vacation allowance (and considers previous work experience when setting vacation time for new employees), and lets employees take up to 10 paid personal days off, with the option to carry forward up to 4 days year-over-year for a total of up to 14 paid personal days
  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto truly does "walk-the-walk" in providing generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, for up to 34 weeks -- and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence

Employer Background

Industry Child and Youth Services
Full-time employees in Canada 749
Part-time employees in Canada 42
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 45.2 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the 7-story head office was constructed in 2006 and offers lots of natural lighting with playful colours and unique design features tailored to its primary raison d'être (employees, volunteers and foster parents were consulted as part of the design process), office features an onsite "Treats" cafe provides fresh soups, sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, baked goods, coffee and tea, onsite yoga classes, onsite naturopathic doctor, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, piano, top floor balcony overlooking the downtown, wifi
Other nearby amenities Goodlife (with reduced membership fees), Wellesley Community Centre, fitness club, George Hislop Park, Norman Jewison Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, numerous shops and restaurants in the trendy Yorkville and Church-Wellesley neighbourhoods

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Recognition Committee (est. 1992)
Recent social events annual "Recognition Night" to honour employees, volunteers and foster parents (includes over 500 guests for a dinner and dance), holiday celebrations throughout the year (from Christmas to Kwanzaa to a Chinese Lunar New Year dinner), annual golf tournament (longstanding tradition of over 20 years), summer barbecue to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, annual foster parent tea social, volunteer recognition event every spring, a number of fun employee outings, including the annual CN Tower stair climb and dragon boat racing
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, 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

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 discounts on everything from movie tickets to hotel rooms through the Perkopolis service, cellphone discounts

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

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 for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
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), retiree health premiums vary depending on length of service
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 70% of salary for 34 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 70% of salary for 34 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
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
Additional family-friendly information adoptive parents may apply for a paid leave of absence when adopting a child (up to 12 days)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information up to 4 paid personal days may be carried forward to the next year, allowing employees to receive up to 14 paid personal days off each year

Employee Engagement & Performance

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 peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, numerous awards programs to recognize leading employees, volunteers and foster parents, such as the Heart and Spirit Awards (for foster parents and volunteers), LGBTQ awards and the Stand Up for Kids awards for individuals or groups
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 50% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidies range from $1,750 to $2,500

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 15,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 127 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Children's Aid Foundation (national organization), Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament, Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Ride to Conquer Cancer (employee team), local Food Banks (over 1290kg last year), Unicef and Social Workers Beyond Borders
Community highlight The Children's Aid Society of Toronto's charitable focus extends largely from its important role in the community, with employees and the agency partnering with community organizations and charities that work for the welfare of children. In addition, the organization builds on its role in the community through the support of anti-oppression and anti-racism initiatives.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • In addition to a diversity and inclusion committee, the Children's Aid Society of Toronto maintains a bridging diversity committee, comprised of employees and community partners who provide leadership, consultation and recommendations to promote, guide and support anti-oppression, anti-racism and diversity initiatives
  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto established Out and Proud Affirmation Guidelines in support of equity for gender and sexual diversity and has maintained the Out and Proud program for over 17 years to ensure its services are open, inclusive, safe and positive for the LGBT community as well as its employees
  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto ensures that vacancies are accessible to job-seekers from all walks of life and shares employment opportunities with a number of community partners, including, Equitek, JOIN, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, to name a few -- and uses World Education Services to assess the qualifications of internationally educated professionals


Industry Child and Youth Services
Full-time employees in Canada 749
Workforce representation female employees (83 %), female managers (89 %), visible minority employees (33 %), visible minority managers (24 %), Aboriginal employees (2 %), Aboriginal managers (2 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee, anti-oppression anti-racism steering committee, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act steering committee, bridging diversity committee
Unique diversity initiatives employs an external vendor to offer language and interpretation services in over 100 different languages, training on mental health and sexual orientation and gender identity
Diversity community partnerships Ontario Marche of Dimes, Springtide Resources,, Equitek, Job Opportunity Information Network (persons with disabilities), Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, World Education Services (new Canadians)

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