Metrolinx
Metrolinx GO maintenance employee   (Photo credit: Lorne Bridgman)

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

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

  • Metrolinx supports employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments of up to 93% of salary, ranging from 15 to 32 weeks depending on the employee -- and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Metrolinx helps employees develop to their highest potential with leadership training, career planning services and opportunities for formal mentoring
  • Through the "Ideas@Work" initiative, Metrolinx encourages employees to submit ideas that result in a better workplace, improved customer satisfaction, operating efficiencies and cost savings for the organization
Metrolinx customer service agent

Highlights

Industry Public Transit
Established in Canada 1967
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Barrie ON, Kitchener ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,071
Part-time employees in Canada 335
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 39 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
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), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews 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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Metrolinx created the Rob MacIsaac Fellowship Program, a unique initiative that allows students to complete research in a public sector environment -- participants receive financial assistance to conduct research on a transportation-related issue over a 4-month period with guidance from senior Metrolinx staff -- previous topics included the implementation of solar power shades in Metrolinx parking lots, and the impacts and challenges of moving freight on transit
  • In partnership with Centennial College, Metrolinx manages a Truck and Coach Technician Apprenticeship program (operating since 1997) -- the organization hires approximately 5 apprentices each year who work under professional mentors for a 10-month period
  • Additionally, Metrolinx recently partnered with The United Way and Ready, Willing and Able to generate employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Metrolinx PRESTO agent   (Photo credit: Lorne Bridgman)

Highlights

Industry Public Transit
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Barrie ON, Kitchener ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,071
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives summer students hired for 4-month terms in a variety of positions from clerical to plant and bus maintenance (offered in association with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Toronto YMCA and the Youth In Policing Initiative)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Metrolinx's purpose is defined by the regional transportation plan (The Big Move), which was launched in 2008 -- the understated goal is to create a "transportation system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life"
  • Along with it's raison d'├ętre, Metrolinx provides preferred parking for carpoolers, manages (and participates in) the regional Smart Commute program and offers secure indoor bicycle parking as well as telecommuter workstations to ultimately reduce commuting
  • Metrolinx's head office is also located in Toronto's newly renovated historic transit hub, Union Station, ensuring that employees are only steps away from TTC subway trains, regional GO trains, national VIA Rail trains and the newest UP Express line to Pearson airport
Metrolinx GO bus driver

Highlights

Industry Public Transit
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Barrie ON, Kitchener ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,071
Employee green team Metrolinx Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Financial Officer
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Smart Commute (which is a program of Metrolinx), 20 Minute Makeover, Spring Cleanup Day, Water Week, Earth Hour
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, building automation systems, occupancy sensors, water efficient landscaping, white roof, carpool parking spaces, passive heating strategies, recycled materials, FSC certified wood based materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, heat recovery capacity in HVAC systems

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