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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto 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 Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • U of T supports employees with young families, providing generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are mothers, fathers, or adoptive parents, and also maintains dedicated family-friendly spaces for breastfeeding or pumping and baby change stations on campus -- additionally, U of T's Family Care Office offers workshops, discussion groups and access to resources on a wide range of modern family issues, such as gender neutral parenting
  • 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 an Academic Retiree Centre that helps retirees continue their research and professional activities
  • U of T is committed to the professional development of its employees, providing a range of in-house and online training programs as well as rigorous year-long mentoring programs -- children of employees may also be eligible for a 100% tuition waiver if attending undergraduate studies at U of T
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Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Full-time employees in Canada 9,167
Part-time employees in Canada 11,531
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 47
Longest serving employee 59 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's two 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, onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, Gallery Grill, rooftop gardens, and Philosopher's Walk, 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 fitness facility (employees only) 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

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

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 and footwear, electronics and travel

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

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)
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 top-up payments (to EI equivalent for 2 weeks), work-life programs on topics such as work-life balance and stress management, tuition waiver for dependents of 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), Family Care Office

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 60 months
Additional time-off information some employees starting at 4 weeks of paid vacation, depending on their position

Employee Engagement & Performance

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

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
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

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 Trillium Gift of Life Foundation, Native Child and Family Services of Canada, United Way, CIBC Run for the Cure
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Each year, U of T participates in the annual United Way campaign, raising over $650,000 dollars in the past year. In addition, some of the university's departments have recently participated in the creation of athletics sports programs for marginalized youth in neighbouring priority neighbourhoods and community housing.

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
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Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
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
Unique diversity initiatives 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.)
Diversity community 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
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Highlights

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)
Unique green initiatives 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
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.)

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