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Home Depot of Canada Inc.
Home Depot of Canada employees catch up after a meeting at The Home Depot Canada's Store Support Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Home Depot of Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • In the past year, Home Depot Canada hosted its first "New Grad Hiring Day" at the company's head office, providing students from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto with opportunities to participate in on-the-spot interviews and hear from managers working in the supply chain department
  • Home Depot Canada reaches out to the next generation through attendance at various career fairs and student events, including Ryerson's Engineering Career Fair and University of Toronto's Retail Management Career Fair -- in addition, the company offers internships and co-op placements primarily for engineering and business students
  • Home Depot Canada recognizes exceptional performance through a number of internal awards, including the Homer Award, for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty, and the "Orange-Blooded" award for non-retail employees
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Industry Retail
Full-time employees in Canada 12,000
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives HR Passport Program to provide employees with an overview of the organization

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

Here are some of the reasons why Home Depot of Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • In the past year, Home Depot Canada joined the federally funded project "Ready, Willing and Able", a national partnership of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and member organizations to hire persons with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Home Depot Canada fosters an environment of inclusion for persons with disabilities and is currently in the process of installing adjustable work desks and elevators at office locations across Canada -- the company also maintains an action committee to work on implementing necessary measures to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Home Depot Canada created the "Women in Leadership" (WIL) initiative to improve career opportunities for female employees and has hosted over eighty WIL events since 2010 -- WIL events are open to retail employees as well as senior leaders and provide opportunities for peers to network and develop their communication, leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills
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Industry Retail
Full-time employees in Canada 12,000
Workforce representation female employees (40.8 %), female managers (37 %), visible minority employees (16.9 %), visible minority managers (13.6 %), Aboriginal employees (5 %), Aboriginal managers (4.3 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, newcomers, mature workers
Employee resource groups Orange Ability (persons with disabilities, 50 members), Orange Mosaic (multicultural employees, 250 members), Orange Pride (LGBT, 50 members), Orange Women's Network (300 members)
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion leadership council (chaired by the VP of HR, meets on quarterly basis)
Unique diversity initiatives Women in Leadership (improve career opportunities for female employees), training on unconscious bias during the hiring process
Diversity community partnerships individual stores and distribution centres partner with a number of community organizations including, Chrysalis Society (persons with disabilities), DeafBlind Ontario, March of Dimes (persons with disabilities), YMCA, Tri City Mental Health, COSTI Immigrant Services (new Canadians), Microskills (older employees), the Older Workers Forum (older employees), Job Opportunity Information Network (recruitment fair for persons with disabilities), Pride at Work Canada (LGBT)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Home Depot of Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Home Depot of Canada recently hosted the Home Depot Eco Challenge Contest to gather ideas on how to green individual stores -- with over $2,700 in prizes, employees are invited to share their thoughts in writing or through a short video
  • Home Depot of Canada maintains a longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity, donating over $7.7 million in products that cannot be resold to the organization's ReStore outlets
  • Home Depot Canada's familiar "Eco Options" product line includes over 2,400 products across nearly all categories -- designated products have easily communicated environmental benefits over similar product choices
  • In addition to energy consumption reduction initiatives at each store, Home Depot of Canada installed rooftop solar arrays at 33 locations with plans to expand to an additional 50 stores that have been identified as good options for solar installations
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Full-time employees in Canada 12,000
Employee green team informal "sustainability champions" help lead programs at store locations across the country
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP, HR, Communications & Sustainability, and maintains a sustainability committee comprised of senior manager and director-level personnel that meet quarterly
Unique green initiatives Eco Options brand of products (over 2,400 products, ranging from FSC certified lumber to water saving fixtures to zero VOC paints to affordable LED lightbulbs)
In-house waste reduction and recycling shrink-wrap, wooden pallets, scrap wood, metal, hazardous materials (ie. paint, fertilizers), batteries (work with the Packaging Consortium to help reduce waste being sent from suppliers), and recently newly labelled waste and recycling bins at stores across the country
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Habitat for Humanity (donates returned and refurbished materials and products to the organization's "ReStore" outlets -- over $7.7 million in products has been donated, and diverted from landfill), works with various local and provincial utility companies to provide valuable rebates when purchasing energy savings products (numerous campaigns have been hosted to help offset the costs of green purchases such as LED light bulbs)
Other location LEED Unknown
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, three store locations are LEED certified and the newest distribution centre building features underground rain cisterns, insulated white roof, high efficiency HVAC systems, low VOC paints, adhesives and carpeting, water conservation systems and native plant landscaping, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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