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General Motors of Canada Company
GM Canada President and Managing Director Steve Carlisle hosts Senior Leader at Oshawa Assembly Plant

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • GM Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new moms and dads and offers an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company also supports adoptive parents with a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (to $5,000 per child)
  • Through GM Canada's unique Ambassador Program, employees can take company vehicles home for a short period of time, giving each employee a chance to enjoy the products they build
  • GM Canada is a major recruiter of young people and provides students and new grads a number of opportunities to gain on-the-job experience, including summer student roles, co-op opportunities and paid internships -- the company also created "JumpStart", an affinity group for new hires with less than 5 years of experience


Industry Auto Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1908
Publicly traded yes
Parent company General Motors Company
Parent company head office Detroit, MI, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 9,357
Average age of employees in Canada 49.6
Longest serving employee 50.5 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • GM Canada's CAMI Assembly achieved landfill free status in 2014, joining the St. Catharines Powertrain facility that achieved landfill free status in 2008 (a status the facility has since maintained) -- the company's main Oshawa assembly plant reached a 94 percent waste diversion rate towards its goal of zero waste and across the company GM manages over 100 facilities that send zero waste to landfills
  • All GM Canada manufacturing facilities meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy STAR Challenge for Industry -- over 57,000 MWh of electricity savings have been realized through energy reduction projects since 2010, which is the equivalent of the annual use of over 3,500 average homes
  • As part of a longer term perspective, GM Canada's parent company shifted gears and made major investments in hybrid and all-electric automobiles of the future, from the hybrid Chevrolet Volt, introduced in 2011, to the recently released all-electric Spark EV


Full-time employees in Canada 9,357
Employee green team Each GM location has an Environmental Officer position (salaried) that works to implement environmental initiatives and works directly with employee green teams
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP, Corporate and Environmental Affairs
Unique green initiatives GM GREEN/Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (environmental outreach education program for youth helping them understand their local watersheds), GM Sustainability Workshop at the University of Toronto (manufacturing workshop hosted during Earth Week), recently planted a pollinator garden at the company's Oshawa head office location (native plant materials sourced locally)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (tree planting), Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Niagara College (wildlife habitat projects), Earth Week (activities across the company)
Building footprint includes other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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