Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
TMMC employee with a maintenance apprentice in training

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2018):

  • TMMC employees can enjoy time off early in their careers, receiving 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job, moving to 4 weeks after only 2 years of employment and up to 6.4 weeks for long-serving employees
  • TMMC helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan -- along the way employees can take advantage of generous discounts for the lease or purchase of new vehicles (to $1,000) and extends the program to their family members (to $800)
  • TMMC employees work in one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Southwestern Ontario and can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities such as free membership to an impressive fitness facility (with full gymnasium), an employee lounge with games room, a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, outdoor walking trails, a baseball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts, a soccer field, a children's playground and even a community garden for those wanting to exercise their green thumb
TMMC employees gathering for a milestone photo in honour of the company's 30th anniversary

Employer Background

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1986
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Toyota Motor Corporation
Parent company head office Toyota City, Japan
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON, Woodstock ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,620
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 13%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.5
Longest serving employee 29.5 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features manufacturing operations are housed in a custom-built facility that includes over 3 million square feet of manufacturing space (the largest in the region), head office administrative buildings are open concept (including the President's office) and includes a showroom (which features the very first Corolla built at the facility as well as a complete lineup of current vehicles), a fully staffed health centre, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, table tennis, employee communication and break rooms with televisions
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, Tim Hortons kiosks (in all cafeterias)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, fully-staffed 30,000 square foot Corolla Park centre offers a range of health and recreational activities for employees, outdoor 14 acre park with walking trails, children's playground, baseball diamond, and organized sporting activities such as hockey, soccer, squash, badminton, flag football, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, baseball and volleyball
Other nearby amenities Riverside Park, Grand River Conservation Area Trail System, convenient highway access, regional airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name TMMC Social Club (est. 1988)
Recent social events holiday meal every December and a family Christmas party for employees and their children, summer family day and picnic (with approximately 8,000 in attendance), birthday lunches (one celebration for all employees whose birthdays fall in that month), and social committee events such as an annual golf tournament, bus trips to theatre shows, casino and sporting events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $200) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts of new Toyota vehicles for employees of up to $1,000 off dealer cost ($800 for family members), vehicle lottery for the option to purchase company-owned vehicles, longstanding program features the use of a white Lexus RX350 on an employees' wedding weekend (or children of employees), complete with a full tank of gas and complimentary cleaning of the exterior and interior

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note TMMC has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information unused health credits can be allocated to a health spending account for additional coverage
Family-friendly benefits note TMMC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,250 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note TMMC has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6.4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information vacation increases to 4 weeks after 2 years and to 4.8 weeks after only 3 years on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, long-service awards, Kaizen (Japanese business philosophy that translates to continuous improvement), suggestion program that awards points for suggested and implemented cost saving ideas (employees can accumulate and cash out points when they wish), monthly themed participation rewards (such as safety month, quality month, Earth month)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,904 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 298 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Habitat for Humanity, Food Banks, Meals on Wheels, Elmira District Community Living, Child Witness Centre, Grand River Conservation Authority, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, United Way (over $630,000 raised last year)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight As part of a review of its charitable giving program, the company established focus groups with representation from the public, charitable organizations and employees to help determine its focus for the years ahead. As a result, initiatives related to social services were deemed most important, followed closely by support for education and the environment. Additionally, TMMC encourages employees to submit suggestions to an employee-led donations committee for review. The company introduced a $500 seed money grant to help employees establish their own fundraising initiatives (and follows up with a matching donation to the funds raised, up to $500). Last year, in celebration of its 30th year anniversary, TMMC made $3,000 donations to 30 organizations that were nominated by employees.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • TMMC hosts an annual Toyota North American Women's Conference to create networking opportunities and eliminate barriers for female employees across the country -- additionally, the organization created a mentorship program to increase engagement and improve advancement opportunities for women
  • TMMC maintains a dedicated diversity and inclusion website and provides a mandatory 4-day diversity and inclusion awareness workshop for management employees -- the company is also planning to offer mandatory unconscious bias training, also for management employees
  • TMMC ties diversity and inclusion initiatives to performance appraisal and compensation of senior leaders, and 35% of the company's senior management volunteer their time externally on diverse community boards
TMMC employee Annette Mistrzak was sponsored by the company to volunteer with the United Way in Woodstock, Ontario for 15 weeks

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON, Woodstock ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,575
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Regional Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Diversity training and awareness mandatory 4-day diversity and inclusion awareness workshop for management employees, mandatory unconscious bias training for management employees (in development)
Diversity highlights mentoring program for women, annual Toyota North American Women's Conference, currently developing a formal Minority Sourcing Program, Diversity Month celebrations in November
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Woodstock District Developmental Services (participates in the JobLinks program to employ developmentally delayed adult workers), Immigration Partnership Global Skills Conference

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

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • TMMC's environmental engineering department is comprised of Environmental Engineering Specialists who work with representatives from each manufacturing area across the company -- groups meet regularly to discuss energy, water, waste and emissions reduction initiatives, and coordinate the company's overall goals
  • TMMC employees can also compete in the annual Environmental Kaizen Awards -- first hosted in 2008, the top three local teams move on to compete against other teams in North America, with TMMC kaizens placing in the top three every year since the competition was started
  • TMMC employees and their families initiated an onsite tree-planting nursery at the Cambridge facility in 2009 and have since planted hundreds of trees at its Woodstock site, recently adding a pollinator garden to support pollinator species such as bees -- the company also received recognition for its efforts to enhance wildlife habitat around its two plant locations (such as the installation of bat habitat boxes)
TMMC employees volunteered with the rare Charitable Research Reserve to assist with the control of invasive species and the planting of native species

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON, Woodstock ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,575
Employee green team Environmental Engineering Department (comprised of Environmental Engineering specialists who work with representatives from each of the manufacturing areas)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Environmental Director
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System
Green highlights Environmental Kaizen (improvement activities) Awards with winning local teams moving on to compete against other teams in North America (TMMC has placed in the top three every year since 2008), corporate environmental policy (called ECO PAK) promotes environmental awareness and ensures compliance with all local, provincial and federal regulations, Enviro Update (annual environmental newsletter), Cambridge facility began manufacturing the hybrid Lexus RX 450h in 2014 (with up to 8,000 vehicles planned each year) with the parent company focused on the long term development of low- and zero-emission vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles
Extended recycling e-waste, organics, returnable packaging used for 99 percent of North American sourced parts (set a zero waste goal back in 2004 with approximately 96 percent of all waste recycled today)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Grand River Conservation Authority, Upper Thames Rivers Conservation Authority, Shade Mills Conservation Centre (featuring the Toyota Nature Centre and Toyota Nature Trails), Oxford County Children's Water Festival, Earth Day (which is actually one month of fun awareness activities), Earth Hour, Adopt-a-Road, Wildlife Habitat Council (received recognition for its comprehensive wildlife management plan)
Building footprint includes electric vehicle charging stations, onsite organic charity garden, tree-planting nursery, bee pollinator gardens, new "Combined Heat and Power co-generation facility produces electricity using a heat recovery steam generator (produces enough electricity to power 7,000 home), new LED lighting conversions and daylight occupancy sensors

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