IKEA Canada Limited Partnership
IKEA Canada employees supported a library makeover in Vaughan, Ontario

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2016):

  • IKEA Canada recently introduced a profit-sharing plan, letting all employees share in the company's success
  • IKEA Canada helps employees balance work and their personal commitments with alternative work arrangements -- individual store locations also host wellness weeks to encourage employees to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • In an effort to promote gender balance in leadership positions, IKEA Canada established the IKEA Women Open Network to help empower women by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, additionally supporting the recruitment, retention and succession of female employees


Industry Home Furnishings Retail
Established in Canada 1943
Parent company IKEA Group
Full-time employees in Canada 1,641
Part-time employees in Canada 2,944
Average age of employees in Canada 35
Longest serving employee 35 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
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 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 IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • IKEA Canada's parent company established a 2020 sustainability strategy, called "People & Planet Positive" to chart the course for the next decade -- among the strategy's many ambitious and impressive targets, the company has committed itself to producing as much renewable energy as consumed by 2020
  • IKEA Canada installed a total of 3,790 solar panels atop three of its Toronto-area stores as part of the Province of Ontario's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program -- collectively, the massive system can generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 100 homes -- the retailer also announced the recent purchase of a 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta -- the 20 turbine wind farm's expected annual production is enough to power more than double the total amount of energy consumption of all IKEA Canada's operations
  • IKEA Canada first conducted energy audits at its Canadian stores back in 2007 and currently monitors energy consumption at all store locations, with a long-term focus on increasing energy efficiency and ultimately utilizing 100 percent renewable energy -- the company's newest store locations are already 40 percent more energy efficient than stores built a decade ago and all new hires receive sustainability training
  • IKEA Canada offers preferred parking spaces for customers who drive hybrid, fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, as well as a shuttle bus service at its Toronto store locations -- worldwide, the company maintains an ongoing program to install electric vehicle charging stations at store locations


Full-time employees in Canada 1,641
Employee green team Sustainability Committees (at all store locations)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Country Sustainability Manager
Formal strategy/policy name People & Planet Positive
Unique green initiatives the "More Sustainable Life at Home" initiative (170 employees were provided $500 worth of IKEA product to help live more sustainable lifestyles at home -- after four months these employees have shared their stories on a dedicate Yammer group page with their colleagues worldwide), all IKEA employee in Canada receive sustainability training (including annual online refresher courses), published the "Our Never Ending Job" book to celebrate its many accomplishments and highlight the steps yet to be taken towards building a truly sustainable organization, IWAY procurement strategy (addresses everything from labour standards to chemical useage to workplace discrimination), moving LED technology for all lighting products sold (LED is 85 percent more energy efficient than traditional incandescent), IKEA Canada's parent company has established the goal to produce as much renewable energy as the company consumes worldwide by 2020 (impressively, the company's renewable energy production has already reached 42 percent of its total energy consumed)
In-house waste reduction and recycling mattresses, partnered with Cascades "closed loop" program (IKEA supplies recyclable cardboard and purchases paper towel and bath tissue made from 100% recycled content), light bulbs, batteries, reusable and recyclable paper pallets, conducts periodic store waste audits to identify areas for improvement
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Earth Hour, Tree Canada (over 25,000 trees planted by IKEA Canada employees since 1992 through its "Pick-a-Tree/Plant-a-Tree" program that redirects money raised from Christmas tree sales for plantings), World Wildlife Foundation (Better Cotton Initiative that's working to ensure sustainable cotton production), Forest Stewardship Council (as of 2014 over 40% of all wood used by IKEA is FSC certified)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, green parking spaces for customers who drive hybrid, fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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