University of Toronto
Thousands of people gathered on the University of Toronto's front campus to view the total lunar eclipse in fall 2015   (Photo credit: Lorne Bridgman)

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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • U of T supports families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, available to mothers, fathers and adoptive parents, and also provides workshops, discussion groups and access to wide range of resources through the university's dedicated "Family Care Office" -- families with older children may also be eligible for a 100% tuition waiver if attending undergraduate studies at U of T
  • U of T encourages employees to save for the future with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance as well as phased-in work options -- also supports retiring academic personnel through the Senior College Centre, which helps retirees continue their research and professional activities
  • In recognition of its historic and important role in the development of Canada's largest urban region, the University's long-term "Towards 2030 Plan" incorporates a strategy to work closely with local public, private and non-profit organizations to plan and help make the region "a better place in which to live, work and prosper"
University of Toronto's Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr presenting pins to new Canadian citizens at a swearing-in ceremony held at the St. George campus   (Photo credit: Johnny Guatto)

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,286
Part-time employees in Canada 11,652
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 47
Longest serving employee 60 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's 2 suburban campuses are situated in a parkland, allowing employees to enjoy a natural environment, St. George campus features architecturally historic buildings alongside state-of-the-art research facilities and some of the city's best open spaces on campus, including King's College Circle, Queen's Park and Philosopher's Walk (as well as steps away from an incredible variety of restaurants along Bloor Street and in the Annex), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, pool table, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, a variety of food options, from cafeterias to pubs to food trucks on campus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, Crossfit, Cycle Fit), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, indoor running track, squash courts, swimming pool, the historic Varsity skating rink
Other nearby amenities Hart House and Athletic Centre, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Queen's Park, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name social committees across the University
Recent social events university-wide employee recognition event, retiree celebrations, annual barbecue (Scarborough campus), That's a Wrap end-of-year holiday gathering (Scarborough campus)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications town hall meetings, advisory reports

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, low-interest home loans, discounted TTC Metropass, discounted internet service, computers, software, and smartphone plans, discounted home and auto insurance, WorkPerks @ Work Program, which provides discounts on hundreds of products and services including dining, clothing, footwear, electronics and travel

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note University of Toronto 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 9 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
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, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite, emergency short-term daycare
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information compassionate care leave payments (to EI equivalent for 2 weeks), Family Care Office, work-life programs on topics such as work-life balance and stress management, tuition waiver for dependents to 100% for some employees, reimbursement of child care expenses for children under the age of 7 (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note University of Toronto 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 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 5 months
Additional time-off information some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation, depending on their position

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, Excellence Through Innovation Award to recognize outstanding contributions towards strategic objectives, Chancellor's Award for outstanding service, teaching and research awards, staff impact awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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
Unique training & development programs Rose Patten Leadership Program

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
Some of the community organizations supported Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, CIBC Run for the Cure (Toronto and Mississauga), Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Lifeline Syria Challenge, United Way (employees raised over $660,000 in the past year)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of the University's long-term Towards 2030 Plan, the company's long-term community plan includes a focus of the University to take advantage of its 3 campus locations in "one of the world's most vibrant, culturally diverse and economically dynamic regions" and work with local groups (public, private and non-profit) to make the region "a better place in which to live, work and prosper".

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • U of T manages 13 offices dedicated to issues of equity and diversity, including the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, the First Nations House, a Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO), and the Status of Women Office, to name a few
  • U of T's Vice President of Human Resources and Equity sponsors the Rose Patten Leadership Program, which includes two mentoring programs each year -- participants are partnered with senior staff and receive individual and group mentoring, coaching, training and opportunities to network -- along with the Vice-Provost, the Vice President also hosts an annual gathering for newly hired female faculty to encourage mentoring and network building
  • U of T facilitated a "Queer Orientation" in collaboration with the SGDO, a student committee, and over 25 participating campus groups -- the orientation provided new and returning students with opportunities to connect and engage in activities and discussion related to LGBTQ communities -- SGDO also hosted a "Queer Women on Campus" event and provides LGBTQ-focused counselling to undergraduate students, in partnership with the university's counseling department
University of Toronto student praying at the Multi-Faith Centre   (Photo credit: Jason Krygier-Baum)


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,167
Workforce representation female employees (54.3 %), female managers (53 %), visible minority employees (22.7 %), visible minority managers (18 %), Aboriginal employees (.7 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Queer U of T Employees
Formal commitment Vice President of Human Resources and Equity, equity and diversity office, AODA office, health and well-being programs and services, anti-racism and cultural diversity office, First Nations house, sexual and gender diversity office
Diversity highlights Indigenous Education Week (annual week-long series that highlights contribution of Indigenous knowledge to education), washroom inclusivity project (information on current washroom facilities on campus, including accessibility, foot baths and baby change stations), Positive Space campaign for LGBTTIQQ2S, First Nations house hosts orientation for new students annually, Aboriginal student groups (Native Student's Association, Indigenous Education Network etc.)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships EnAbling Change Partnership Program (U of T is program partner of organization, which assembles and develops resources that support accessible delivery and instruction of programs and courses)

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

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

  • U of T's many initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle has helped it achieve an impressive waste diversion rate of over 72 percent, which includes the capture of everything from batteries to organics to asphalt and concrete -- additionally, the university continues to build on its past accomplishments, recently launching the "Green Ideas" program to encourage employees and students to share ideas on how to further reduce the campus footprint -- ideas that will help to shape future projects of the Sustainability Office
  • U of T operates a unique "Swap Shop" at its St. George campus where members of the university community can drop off and pick up items such as furniture and office equipment throughout the academic year, with over 40 tonnes of gently used items processed -- additionally, the university operates the unique not-for-profit "Bikechain" shop which acts as a hub for the organization's large cycling community, offering affordable repairs and educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff
  • Across Canada's largest university, U of T boasts numerous environmentally-focused student groups, covering a range of green subject areas to suit practically every interest, from urban agriculture to sustainable engineering to the green chemistry initiative -- the university also provides an incredible range of environmentally focused courses and programs across its many faculties, including the School of the Environment interdisciplinary academic program
University of Toronto Scarborough employees celebrating a donation for environmental and biological scientific research from the TD Bank Group   (Photo credit: Ken Jones)


Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,167
Employee green team Sustainability Office (three offices at each campus comprised of dedicated personnel and volunteers) and a number of student led groups across the university (too many to mention!)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Assistant Vice-President, Facilities and Services
Formal strategy/policy name University Environmental Protection Policy (first developed in 1994)
Green highlights Tri-Campus Sustainability Board and Sustainability Offices (at each of its three main campuses), Bikechain (not-for-profit bike shop for the university's large cycling community), Swap Shop (drop-off and shop for used furniture and equipment), The FreeStore (collects everything students leave behind for either re-use or proper recycling), Evirolympics (hosted at the Mississauga campus to award teams who collect the most and most interesting litter), Ban the Bottle (student-led initiative to stop the sale of bottled water on campus), Lug-A-Mug (initiative that provides a 25 cent discount on beverage purchases using a reusable container), Local Food Challenge (awareness campaign and program to increase the number of local food options), Fair Trade (the University's Scarborough campus recently became a fair-trade designated campus)
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, light bulbs, organic composting available across campus
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
Some of the green community initiatives Smart Commute, City of Mississauga's Cycling Advisory Committee, Canadian Green Building Council, OASIS (distributes donations from the FreeStore to community groups)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, adopted a sustainable roofing standard (use of long-lasting lightweight concrete), use of Green Seal Certified cleaning products in all facilities, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

University of Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
University of Toronto employees and students taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,167
Part-time employees in Canada 11,531
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Web Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Financial Assistant, Human Resources Assistant, Student Services Assistant
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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