Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Ford of Canada President & CEO and employees at the Ford Edge concept reveal

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Ford of Canada continues to invest in production in Canada, adding over 1,500 new positions in the past year -- and allows employees to take advantage of discounted company products
  • Ford of Canada invests in ongoing employee development through generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $6,400), in-house apprenticeships and skilled trades programs and a number of in-house and online training options
  • Ford of Canada encourages employees to keep fit through subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility, complete with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and instructor-led classes such as yoga, spinning and Pilates
Description.

Employer Background

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Ford Motor Company
Parent company head office Dearborn, MI, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 7,072
Part-time employees in Canada 15
Full-time employees worldwide 187,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace

Workplace features onsite massage therpaist, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, yoga, spinning), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, fitness club, Joshua Creek, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Recent social events ball hockey tournaments, pancake breakfasts and barbecues
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits unionized employees participate in a hybrid pension plan that combines defined contribution and benefit plans, salaried employees (approximately 10 percent of employees) have profit-sharing, signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for some, discounted auto lease rates and discounted company products, including automobiles

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), salaried employees (approximately 10 percent of workforce) can tailor coverage with a flexible health benefits plan
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite, academic scholarships of up to $1,300 per child
Additional family-friendly information salaried employees (approximately 10 percent of workforce) may take advantage of a variety of alternative work options, depending on their position

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 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
Additional time-off information salaried employees (approximately 10 percent of workforce) move to a maximum of five weeks of paid vacation and may take advantage of an unpaid leave of absence option, management employees start with three weeks of paid vacation

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 long-service awards, year-end bonus program for salaried positions
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,400 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,073 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (Ford of Canada received the prestigious United Way's "Thanks a Million Award" last year for its generous contributions), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Free the Children
Community highlight Along with its corporate contributions, Ford of Canada and its employees support close to 500 additional charitable organizations across the country through the Ford of Canada Volunteer Corps, Drive One 4 UR Community, Drive One 4 UR School and other community programs and sponsorship initiatives.

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Ford of Canada recently achieved zero waste-to-landfill status for all its manufacturing facilities in Canada, an almost unimaginable feat for the average homeowner -- the company re-captures everything from cardboard to metal to plastics and paper and diverts from the landfill, and the accomplishment represents the diversion of annual waste created by the equivalent of a community with 5,500 people
  • Along with its parent company, Ford of Canada developed "Pathway to Sustainability", a long-term initiative to guide the development of alternative fuel vehicles -- the company has already introduced the "Power of Choice" initiative, which allows customers to choose the engine technology that suits their needs, from conventional and diesel to hybrid and plug-in hybrid to all electric vehicles
Description.

Highlights

Full-time employees in Canada 7,072
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Environmental, Energy and Vehicle Safety (established prior to 1975)
Unique green initiatives formal Climate Change Strategy (encompasses many facets of the business, from greener production facilities to greener automobiles), increasing use of recycled content and new sustainable materials in vehicle production, the MyEnergi Lifestyle program (real-time demonstration program to show how families can cut energy costs and reduce emissions by over half with existing technologies)
In-house waste reduction and recycling wood, plastic, metal, wastewater (sent to treatment plant)
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Habitat for Humanity (ReStore), Global Week of Caring (includes many environmentally themed initiatives

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