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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
TMMC employees at the TEMA Innovation Showcase

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2016):

  • TMMC has helped raise the industry bar through the introduction of maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 65% of salary for 52 weeks) and new fathers (to 65% of salary for 37 weeks), including adoptive parents
  • TMMC encourages employees to drive what they build with generous discounts for the lease or purchase of new vehicles (to $1,000) and extends the program to their family members (to $800) -- employees can also participate in a lottery to purchase company driven vehicles at significant savings
  • 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 fully-equipped fitness facility, with full gymnasium, an employee lounge with games room, a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, outdoor walking trails, baseball diamond, basketball court, tennis courts, soccer field, children's playground and even a community garden for those wanting to exercise their green thumb

Employer Background

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Toyota Motor Corporation
Parent company head office Toyota City, Japan
Full-time employees in Canada 8,476
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 20.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 28 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features manufacturing operations are housed in custom-built facility that includes over three million square feet of manufacturing space (the largest in the region), the head office administrative buildings are open concept, including the President's office) and the recently renovated showroom features the very first Corolla built at the facility as well as a complete line-up of current vehicles, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, Pizza Pizza and Tim Horton's kiosks (in all cafeterias), travelling cafeteria cart (called the Pit Stop Café)
Onsite fitness facility (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, which was recently renovated and 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, including hockey, soccer, squash, badminton, flag football, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, baseball and volleyball
Other nearby amenities Riverside Park

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name TMMC Social Club (est. 1988)
Recent social events a family Christmas party for employees and their children, summer family day and picnic (with over 8,000 in attendance), birthday lunches, 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

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
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, use of a white Lexus RX350 on an employee's (or children of employees) wedding day, complete with a full tank of gas and complimentary cleaning of the exterior and interior

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

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)
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 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,250 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6.4 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information vacation increases to 4 weeks after two years and jumps to 4.8 weeks after only three years on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance

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 long-service awards, suggestion program that awards points for suggesting and implementing cost saving suggestions (employees can accumulate and cash-out their points when they wish), retirees receive a gift and enjoy a complimentary group luncheon
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

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
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year

Community Involvement

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 2,352 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 233 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Sakura House (hospice operated by the VON), Women's Crisis Services, Innisfree House, United Way (over $700K raised last year), Habitat for Humanity, The Grand River Conservation Authority
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 the company's charitable focus in the years ahead. As a result of this review, initiatives relating to social services were deemed most important, followed closely by support for education and the environment. In addition to its primary focus, the company also encourages employees to submit their suggestions to an employee-led donations committee for review. The company recently 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).

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

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • TMMC employees established a unique charity garden onsite called the "Giving Garden" -- employees volunteer to tend the garden, gaining valuable experience in the process, and donate the garden's organic fruits and vegetables for donation to a local women and children's centre -- the company recently added a pollinator garden to support pollinator species such as bees and bat habitat boxes at its Woodstock location to help control mosquitoes naturally
  • TMMC's Environmental Engineering Specialists team is comprised of employees from across the company who meet regularly to discuss energy, water, waste and emissions reduction initiatives and coordinate the company's overarching Energy Management Organization -- additionally, employees can provide feedback on environmental initiatives through TMMC's unique "Kaizen Circles", with implemented suggestions earning employees "eco-points" that ultimately translate into financial bonuses and donations to the Toyota Nature Centre at the Shades Mills Conservation Area
  • TMMC employees and their families started an onsite tree-planting nursery at the Cambridge facility in 2009, having already planted hundreds of trees at its Woodstock site -- the company also received recognition for its efforts to enhance wildlife habitat around its two plant locations
  • TMMC and its employees support Earth Day every year with a full month of environmental awareness activities and weekly draws for prizes, including preferred parking spots, use of a Toyota Prius for a week and even a complete garden for their home -- employees also have the opportunity to showcase environmentally friendly actions they've undertaken at home


Full-time employees in Canada 8,476
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Manufacturing
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System
Unique green initiatives parent company has sold over 7 million hybrid vehicles since 1997 and manufactures the all electric version of the RAV4 on the same Woodstock assembly line as the RAV4 gasoline counterpart, corporate environmental policy (called ECO PAK) promotes environmental awareness and ensures compliance with all local, provincial and federal regulations, zero waste goal set a goal back in 2004 with approximately 96 percent of all waste recycled today
In-house waste reduction and recycling e-waste, organics, returnable packaging used for 99 percent of North American sourced parts
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Grand River Conservation Authority, Earth Day (a month long celebration, Earth Hour, Adopt-a-Road, Wildlife Habitat Council
Building footprint includes onsite organic charity garden, tree-planting nursery, bee pollinator gardens, electric car charging stations

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