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General Motors of Canada Company
GM Canada kicks off their annual United Way campaign in St. Catharines   (Photo credit: Denis Cahill)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • GM Canada encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $8,000), in-house and online training programs (including apprenticeship opportunities) and subsidies for professional accreditation
  • GM Canada is a major recruiter of young people and provides students and new grads with a number of employment opportunities 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
  • GM Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new moms and dads and offers the 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)
GM Canada employees volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1908
Publicly traded yes
Parent company General Motors Company
Parent company head office Detroit, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,264
Average age of employees in Canada 48.7
Longest serving employee 52 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
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 24 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership 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
GM Canada employees building a pollinator garden to attract endangered butterflies at the Oshawa Assembly Plant

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON
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
Green highlights 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
Some of the 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.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • GM Canada recently created a Canadian Diversity Leadership Council and maintains a longstanding Supplier Diversity Council, which works with over 200 certified minority and woman-owned businesses in Canada and the US
  • Originally established in 1983, GM Canada relaunched its Women Council to offer leadership seminars, mentoring and regular networking opportunities -- recently, the Council held its first annual Women's Symposium event, inviting women from across the company to network and hear female leaders discuss personal and professional growth
  • GM Canada sponsors select employees to participate in the Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership Diversity (BOLD) program at York University's Schulich School of Business -- the unique program focuses on developing high potential, culturally diverse executives and senior managers, internationally trained professionals, Indigenous peoples, and leaders of diverse teams
GM Canada employees on the GM Canada's Women's Council hosting the first annual Women's Symposium in August 2015

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,264
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Global Chief Diversity Officer
Formal commitment maintains a Canadian diversity leadership council
Employee resource groups GM Canada's Women's Council, Jump Start (for employees with less than 5 years of experience), Asian Indian Affinity Group
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as Why Diversity Matters and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements
Diversity highlights Women's Symposium event organized by the Women's Council, celebrations and events to recognize important dates such as Pride Month, Black History Month and International Women's Day

The Career Directory

General Motors of Canada Company has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
GM Canada President and Managing Director Steve Carlisle, at the digital ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the company's Communitech innovation lab

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Parent company General Motors Company
Parent company head office Detroit, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,264
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads New graduates and students working at General Motors of Canada have the opportunity to work on rotational assignments, and the office is also a designated CA training office.
Typical new grad positions Production Supervisor, District Manager, Financial Analyst, Engineering
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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