PowerStream, Inc.
PowerStream employees taking part in a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Canada

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

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

  • PowerStream supports employees who want to start a family with maternity and parental leave top-up payments for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents (up to 65% of salary ranging from 35 to 52 weeks)
  • PowerStream helps students and new grads gain valuable work experience through co-op opportunities and summer student roles and also offers a number of in-house apprenticeships in system control, station maintenance, metering, protection and control -- the organization also maintains a 4-year Engineer-in-Training program
  • PowerStream helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance
PowerStream employees team up to participate in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Established in Canada 2004
Parent company PowerStream Holdings Inc.
Parent company head office Vaughan ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Vaughan ON, Markham ON, Barrie ON
Full-time employees in Canada 553
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 41 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
Health spending account up to $300 each year
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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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

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

  • In addition to partnering with Smart Commute, PowerStream manages a unique employee vanpool program with nine company-owned vans that are maintained and operated by employees (58 commuters use this service daily)
  • PowerStream's head office was certified LEED Gold in 2008 and features a wind turbine, nine solar panels that track the sun, a solar carport with dual electric vehicle charging stations and a drainage pond used to collect water for landscape watering on the grounds -- the organization recently unveiled a level 3 charger unit for electric vehicles, which can charge a vehicle ten-times faster than a standard level 2 system
  • PowerStream's employee-led "PowerGreen Team" is comprised of 15 employees from across all departments and locations who meet on a monthly basis -- the team raises awareness of sustainability throughout the year and hosts the annual "Go Green Week" to encourage employees to lead more sustainable lifestyles
  • PowerStream's Solar Division owns 62 renewable energy projects which can generate enough electricity to power over 3,000 homes -- the utility nearly tripled its renewable energy capacity in the past year
PowerStream executives showing the company's free high-speed charging station, able to charge an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Vaughan ON, Markham ON, Barrie ON
Full-time employees in Canada 558
Employee green team PowerGreen Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Environmental Coordinator
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Policy (reviewed annually)
Green highlights employee vanpool program with eight company-owned vans that are maintained and operated by employees (58 commuters use this service daily), Conservation and Demand Management Team (helps residential, commercial and industrial customers reduce their energy consumption), annual "Go Green Week" (to raise awareness through a variety of fun activities), onsite farmers market in the autumn, and as part of its green procurement policy approximately 30 percent of the the food served at the head office is from Ontario
In-house waste reduction and recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, household batteries, writing instruments, plastic milk bags (which make excellent low cost sleeping mats in tropical regions), flip-flops and even candy wrappers
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Fund, Bike to Work Day, SmartCommute, Clean Air Commute, Earth Rangers, Carpool Week, Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests/LEAF (tree planting initiative where 65 employees planted 300 trees in a local park)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, rooftop solar lab for testing panels and equipment, wind power generation, electric car charging stations (including a Level 3 station and a dual solar carport charging station), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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