Toronto, City of
A view of Toronto City Hall and Nathan Philips Square   (Photo credit: Jose San Juan)

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 (2017):

  • 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
Skaters on the ice rink at Nathan Phillips Square in front of the 3D sign installed at the City of Toronto's City Hall

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, online car-pool sign-up, 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, cafés 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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Toronto, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • City of Toronto maintains a Women's Network and manages the Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Protégée Program to help boost women's participation in local government -- through the program, young women receive mentoring from female city councillors and learn about the role of municipal councillor
  • In 2004, City of Toronto established the Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants program in response to employment barriers faced by skilled immigrants, creating approximately 1,500 mentoring relationships since the program's inception -- additionally, the City works with community organizations such as Career Bridge and Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council to facilitate internships and mentoring opportunities
  • City of Toronto created Accessibility Design Guidelines which can be used to conduct accessibility audits, audits of the physical environment, and plan for barrier-free development and renovations -- the City also maintains a Disability Issues Committee to advise City Council on eliminating barriers faced by persons with disabilities, and acts as a liaison with external bodies on barriers to participate in public life and to achieve social, cultural and economic well-being
Members of the Toronto public service participating in the City of Toronto's 2016 Pride Parade in support of the 'Positive Space Toronto' initiative
"As an LGBTQ2S ally who believes strongly in promoting LGBTQ2S issues, being part of the City of Toronto's first Pride march with so many City staff participating, made me feel proud to be part of an organization that not only promotes LGBTQ2S issues but believes in addressing the barriers faced by people from LGBTQ2S communities." Winnie Falkenstein, Elections Coordinator

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 22,983
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Equity, Diversity & Human Rights
Formal commitment maintains an equity, diversity and human rights division within the City Manager's office as well as committees to address disabilities and Aboriginal affairs
Employee resource groups Women's Network, Pride Network (LGBT)
Diversity highlights Access Equity and Human Rights Awards (employee recognition), Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants program (est. in 2004, approximately 1,500 new Canadians received mentoring), annual Equity Symposiums with unions, annual Equity Summit
Some of the diversity-focused 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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