Toronto, City of
A large 3D 'TORONTO' sign was installed in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square to mark the city's hosting of the 2015 Pan Am Games

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

Here are some of the reasons why Toronto, City of was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • City of Toronto offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, including a full year of paid leave for new mothers, parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (up to 37 weeks) and onsite daycare
  • City of Toronto encourages ongoing employee development through in-house and online training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and tuition subsidies for courses both related and unrelated to an employees' current position
  • City of Toronto helps students and new grads gain valuable work experience through paid internships, co-op programs and summer student roles -- the City also created the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment program, a joint initiative between the City and private sector employers to connect youth from diverse neighbourhoods (ages 18 to 29) to job opportunities
City of Toronto urban forestry employee

Employer Background

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 22,983
Part-time employees in Canada 12,021
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .4%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 54 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features outdoor farmer's markets, art shows, music and entertainment, as well as a variety of outdoor seasonal events on Nathan Philips Square, including skating in the winter, connected to the city's extensive PATH underground walkway system, which offers all-weather access to an incredible variety of shops, caf├ęs and restaurants
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Nathan Philips Square, Eaton Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, David Pecaut Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events Toronto Public Service Week celebrations each September, which include activities such as a pancake breakfast with the City Manager
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note City of Toronto 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-benefit (DB) pension, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note City of Toronto 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
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor
Family-friendly benefits note City of Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note City of Toronto 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information employees receive an extra week of vacation in their 30th year of employment

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development A

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 80% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 80% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 210 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Community highlight Many City of Toronto divisions have community outreach projects that support charitable and non-profit organizations, the largest being Social Development, Finance and Administration which leads the City's commitment to provide inclusive and safe neighbourhoods and communities. In 2016, this division will provide grants to over 300 community groups in Toronto, valued at over $20 million.

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

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

  • As part of its newcomer strategy, the City of Toronto is a signatory to the Integrating Cities Charter -- originally created in Europe, the charter requires signatories to provide equal opportunities to all residents, to integrate migrants and to embrace diversity of local population
  • City of Toronto maintains a women's network, which hosts professional development networking events, and manages the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Protegee Program to help boost women's participation in local government -- young women are matched with female city councillors as mentors to learn about job of municipal councillor
  • City of Toronto established an Aboriginal employment strategy to increase workforce representation at all occupational levels -- the strategy includes partnerships with Aboriginal community groups, outreach strategies and a review of hiring processes through an equity lens
City of Toronto employees taking part in a new hire orientation
"I have benefited greatly from the City of Toronto's mentoring immigrants program. Being supported by management has allowed me to further develop my employability skills while helping four mentees secure employment. I have also benefited by being truly humbled and personally witnessing the commitment and sincerity my mentees bring to their new lives in Canada." Robert R., Economic Reintegration Specialist

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 23,096
Workforce representation female employees (50.3 %), female managers (43 %), visible minority managers (17.3 %), Aboriginal managers (.6 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups women's network, Pride network (LGBT), exploring creation of Aboriginal network
Formal commitment equity, diversity and human rights division within the City Manager's office, disabilities issues committee, Aboriginal affairs committee, accessibility plan, Aboriginal employment strategy
Unique diversity initiatives Positive Space program (LGBT inclusion), signatory to the Integrating Cities Charter (originally created in Europe, requires signatories to provide equal opportunities to all residents, to integrate migrants and to embrace diversity of local population), Access Equity and Human Rights Awards (employee recognition), Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants program (est. in 2004, over 1,175 new Canadians received mentoring), hosted Equity Summit on the city's Aboriginal initiatives
Diversity community partnerships Career Bridge (internships for new Canadians), TRIEC (mentoring for new Canadians), Ability Edge (internships for graduates with disabilities), Career Edge (internships for new graduates)

The Career Directory

Toronto, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
City of Toronto Water employees in a water treatment facility

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 23,096
Part-time employees in Canada 11,878
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Practical Care Aide, Food Services Worker, Maintenance Patroller, Engineering Technology Technician, Human Resources Clerk, Engineer in Training, Firefighter, Fire Prevention Officer, Communications/Call Taker
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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