SAS Canada
SAS Canada employees enjoying the annual King Street Sticks fundraising event

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why SAS Canada was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • In addition to the company's regular health benefits plan, SAS Canada offers a health spending account of up to $700 a year, allowing employees to top-up existing coverage
  • SAS Canada provides support to employees who want to start a family with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 16 weeks) as well as a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) if needed -- the company also offers parental leave top-up for adoptive parents in addition to a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption
  • SAS Canada offers exceptional financial benefits, including a profit-sharing plan, available to all employees, signing bonuses for some and generous referral bonuses for employees who refer a candidate hired by the organization (up to $8,000)
Description.

Highlights

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Established in Canada 1986
Parent company SAS Institute Incorporated (Cary, North Carolina)
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 286
Part-time employees in Canada 12
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 29 years
Long-term savings non-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), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
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
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 4 paid days)

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

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

  • SAS Canada recently established a new Green Committee, comprised of employees from across the country who meet monthly to brainstorm and implement new ideas, such as litterless lunch days, an Earth Hour Social to raise environmental awareness, the maintenance of an organic rooftop garden, aggressive recycling and composting programs, and the purchase of a company bicycle for employees to sign-out as needed
  • SAS Canada's "Bright and Green Ideas" suggestion program features special rewards for employees who provide feedback and suggestions to create a greener work environment -- previous suggestions include the introduction of green bins for organic waste disposal, transit subsidies for employees using public transit and even a subsidy for employees selecting hybrid automobiles
  • SAS Canada constructed the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified commercial office building in Canada, which utilized 55 percent recyclable materials in its construction and incorporates many energy-saving features to ensure the building consumes up to 65 percent less energy than a comparable structure -- impressively, the company is introducing additional features with the goal of obtaining enhanced LEED certification status
Description.

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Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 286
Employee green team Green Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Vice-President, Operations and Finance
Unique green initiatives introduced reusable cutlery and dishes to eliminate paper and plastic waste, works with Second Harvest (a local food rescue program) to distribute leftovers from large company events, only uses "Green Label" or equivalent cleaning products and maintenance staff are trained to follow green practices as outlined by the LEED guidelines
Extended recycling initiatives e-waste and battery receptacle are located on each floor, third party collects used furniture and shipping pallets, organic waste bins on each floor and each work area has dedicated recycling bins and small waste bins (the company diverts approximately 86% of its waste from landfill, which includes 16% of its organic waste that is separated through its in-house collection program)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Pollution Probe's Healthy Commute Week
Head office LEED Silver
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, over one million litres of rainwater collected and stored annually for flushing bathroom fixtures and landscaping uses, natural indirect lighting with a three storey high atrium that features a rooftop skylight (with no workstation more than three metres from a natural daylight), monthly green building tours for students, urban planners and designers

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