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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences' onsite Healing Garden offers employees and the public a nearby opportunity for relaxation   (Photo credit: Dale Roddick)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences offers a unique workplace experience in health care -- the campus is situated on nearly 100 acres of ravine parkland with plenty of green space for employees to walk or ride their bikes (bike commuters have secure cages for parking) -- inside, employees have access to a fitness centre and a variety of eating options in the large food court with onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup outlets
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences supports employees who are new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments and a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization when needed (to $15,000) -- also offers parental top-up for new fathers or adoptive parents and operates convenient onsite daycare
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences maintains a strong focus on employee wellness, which includes a unique "Life Stages Program", offering support to employees through all stages of life (subjects range from eldercare to personal health to managing a household), an annual Wellness and Safety Fair and a variety of nutrition programs
Sunnybrook Health Sciences employee belts out a tune as the lead singer of the Sunnybrook Rock Band, the live entertainment at the organization's holiday party   (Photo credit: Doug Nicholson)

Employer Background

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,950
Part-time employees in Canada 3,123
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located on acres of parkland in midtown Toronto, Sunnybrook's main location features multiple buildings (with newer buildings designed with employee feedback), multiple outdoor patios, soccer field, green space for employees to relax, walk, ride a bike and to comfortably host their annual staff barbecue, which is attended by over 3,000 employees every year, onsite Sunny's Gym fitness centre, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, multiple lounges with kitchenettes
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, onsite food court includes Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Second Cup
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (fitness boot camp, pilates, yoga, Zumba), rowing machines, weights, sauna, shower facilities, television and music
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Sunnybrook Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, farmer's market, dry cleaning, hairdresser, pharmacy, eyewear shop, gift shop, credit union

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Quality of Work & Life (est. 2005)
Recent social events holiday celebrations, staff recognition events, golf tournament, staff barbecue, Random Act of Kindness Day, employee hockey, basketball and soccer teams, Sunnybrook Rock Band
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications bi-annual magazine, daily staff e-bulletins, staff forums, webcasts

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Sunnybrook has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 18 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 18 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note Sunnybrook has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information Sunnybrook has 11 separate health benefits plans for its different employee groups, majority of plans include a 1 month waiting period before coverage commences and all plans generally offer the minimum coverages listed above, Life Stages Program to support employees through all stages of life, from student life to parenthood to retirement
Family-friendly benefits note Sunnybrook has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 10 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)
Additional family-friendly information flexible work options vary by employee group, maternity and parental leave top-up varies by employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A+

Vacation note Sunnybrook has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 4 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation varies by employee group with some employees receiving 2 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 18 months
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), staff and physician recognition program, various awards for exceptional customer service, clinical care, education, research, and good deeds and service
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 50% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs Leadership Institute, an onsite training facility that provides specialized leadership training programs for senior-level employees in medical, administrative or middle management positions

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 30 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Salvation Army, United Way, Bracelet Sale for Skin Cancer, Knights Table Food Drive, Relay for Life Walk, RMC Run for Kids, Play Safe, Santa & Fighters Gifts for Burnt Out Homes, Coat Collection, Toy Mountain
Community highlight Beyond their raison d'être in caring for people, Sunnybrook employees support a variety of local initiatives, from local food banks to blood donor clinics to sending needed medical equipment to countries around the world. Sunnybrook employees also volunteer their medical expertise overseas in developing nations and conflict zones, including Haiti, Afghanistan, Kenya and Kazakhstan.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Sunnybrook Health Sciences accepts up to 75 high school students annually to work at the hospital as part of its "Experiential Learning Co-Operative Program" and also works with local high schools to offer a co-op/apprenticeship program focused on trade areas within Plant Operations and Building Maintenance
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences hosts an annual "Young People Career Fair" to create student awareness of careers in a hospital environment, both within and outside medical fields with 22 interactive booths set up for kids to learn and ask questions
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre employees show appreciation during a staff ice cream social

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,721
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Sunnybrook Leadership Institute (assists in creation of leadership development courses), in-house career centre (supports employees interested in other employment opportunities within the hospital)

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

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

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences employs two senior-level personnel who lead the evolution and implementation of the "Environmental Sustainability Program", which encompasses five primary areas: energy and water conservation; waste management; transportation; procurement; and awareness and education -- the organization also hosts an annual "Earth Matters Showcase" each spring to highlight its energy conservation and environmental initiatives for employees, physicians, volunteers and students, as well as a public website and blog which serves as an ongoing forum to solicit employee feedback on current programs
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences manages a number of enhanced waste management programs, including aggressive recycling and reuse programs such as the reusable meal container program, composting initiatives, use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, a unique fluorescent bulb "eater" machine that breaks down bulbs into recyclable material while capturing 99.99 percent of potentially harmful vapors, and unique anesthetic gas absorption technology to reduce the amount of waste gas released into the environment by 95 percent or the equivalent of removing over 200 cars from the road
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences has conducted an in-house commuter survey to assist in long term transportation planning programs, which already include secure bicycle parking cages, support for a dedicated Bikers User Group (or BUGS), a car pooling program and four shuttle buses with free rides for employees -- the hospital also leases hybrid vehicles for its security personnel and recently hosted its first electric vehicle showcase that featured seven different electric vehicle models (Sunnybrook employees even have their own Electric Vehicle Enthusiasts Group)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's parking garage features solar panels   (Photo credit: Doug Nicholson)

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,721
Employee green team Sunnybrook Green Champions
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Manager of Energy & Sustainability, and the Director of Plant Operations, Environmental Sustainability, Security & Maintenance Program
Formal strategy/policy name Earth Matters
Unique green initiatives Sunnybrook Greenhouse (volunteer gardening to grow plants and raise funds for patient care), Earth Matters (public website and blog hosted by the Manager of Energy & Sustainability), Smart Energy Action Program (includes the long-term multi-million dollar facility renewal program and initiatives such as the architecturally-integrated solar-panel array on one of its buildings), cafeteria uses compostable take-out containers and offers a re-useable meal container program
In-house waste reduction and recycling lightbulbs, anesthetic gas capture technology, organics, e-waste, batteries, yard waste composting (for re-use in plantings)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, 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 SmartCommute (car pool program), National Tree Day (planted 20 native maple trees on its grounds last year)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, cool (white) roof systems to reflect heat, installed over one thousand low-flush fixtures, environmentally friendly cleaning products, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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