YMCA of Greater Toronto
YMCA of Greater Toronto camp instructor and participants

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 80% of salary for 26 weeks) and offers the convenience of onsite daycare, which they can use upon their return
  • Employees working at YMCA of Greater Toronto's main location have free access to the organization's fitness facilities, which include squash courts, indoor and outdoor running tracks and a variety of exercise equipment
  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, YMCA of Greater Toronto encourages employees to think ahead with retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options
YMCA of Greater Toronto employee providing guidance to fitness club members   (Photo credit: Trevor Meier)

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Established in Canada 1853
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Oshawa ON, North York ON, Pickering ON, Ajax ON, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Richmond Hill ON, Markham ON, Newmarket ON, Thornhill ON, Whitby ON, Etobicoke ON, Milton ON, Acton ON, Bolton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,546
Part-time employees in Canada 2,691
Average age of employees in Canada 35
Longest serving employee 40 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto works with a number of high schools, colleges and universities to connect with young people, and offers co-op placements and internship opportunities including the Digital Skills Youth Internship Program -- the 16-week opportunity is aimed at unemployed or underemployed post-secondary graduates under the age of 30 and includes positions in office administration, social media, graphic design, online marketing and computerized accounting (to name a few)
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto offers young people opportunities to volunteer on the Youth Portfolio Task Force to help review the organization's strategic plan and make recommendations about the Teen and Young Adult Strategy -- the task force is comprised of senior leaders and program operators, in addition to the organization's young employees
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto helps young people improve their official second language skills while gaining paid work experience through a national summer work student exchange program
YMCA of Greater Toronto employees

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Oshawa ON, North York ON, Pickering ON, Ajax ON, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Richmond Hill ON, Markham ON, Newmarket ON, Thornhill ON, Whitby ON, Etobicoke ON, Milton ON, Acton ON, Bolton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,546
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Youth Advisory Council, comprised of young volunteers who provide advice to the organization's Board of Directors and senior staff, Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program, Youth Jobs Connect Program to tackle youth unemployment, offers Y Academy, an alternative high school for students with learning disabilities

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

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a diversity and social inclusion plan which encompasses 11 priority dimensions of diversity, including: gender, age, class, sex, sexual orientation, image, religion/faith/spiritual beliefs, ethnicity, race, physical and mental abilities, and opinion
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto hosts annual diversity and social inclusion learning forums to help senior leaders understand the organization's diversity mandate as well as reflect on the meaning of diversity within their respective leadership roles
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto manages a PRIDE Initiative, which focuses on increasing awareness throughout the broader community and includes speaker series and workshops -- in addition, YMCA's Sprott House was recently chosen to serve as Canada's first LGBTQ transitional housing program and will provide refuge to Toronto's LGBTQ homeless youth
YMCA of Greater Toronto's Newcomer Information Centre, staffed by multilingual employees, help new Canadians with free access to information and referral services   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)
"Having the privilege to live in Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada; where accepting differences and being able to work together is critical to ensure professional and personal growth. The YMCA has a distinct identity within the community that speaks to diversity and social inclusion. In this positive space, I feel driven to voice my opinion and share experiences with other co-workers." Delany Kandiah, Youth Job Specialist

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Oshawa ON, North York ON, Pickering ON, Ajax ON, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Richmond Hill ON, Markham ON, Newmarket ON, Thornhill ON, Whitby ON, Etobicoke ON, Milton ON, Acton ON, Bolton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,546
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and social inclusion plan
Diversity training and awareness mental health workshop (offered in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association)
Diversity highlights YMCA Academy (alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences), founding partner of The Black Experience Project (research-based initiative focusing on the Black community's contributions and opportunities, challenges and barriers, and factors leading to success), Newcomer Youth Leadership Development initiative (skills development program for new Canadian youth), International Youth Summit
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Pride Toronto, Access Alliance, Rainbow Health Network, The 519 (community centre), COSTI Immigrant Services, March of Dimes (recruitment of persons with disabilities)

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

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Along with many urban green initiatives, YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a 1.6 hectare property at the YMCA Cedar Glen location which includes nearly one hectare that is certified organic -- the organic farm features a new greenhouse and offers food and farm awareness programs in partnership with the Everdale Environmental Learning Centre -- program participants receive weekly bushels of fruits and veggies from June through to September
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto's downtown facility features the city's largest public green roof which includes a running track, a walkway, native plant species and space for outdoor yoga and exercise -- the project's success has led to additional green roof construction projects for others facilities, including the addition of vegetable gardens
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto has made a number of significant changes at its properties to help offset and save energy in its day-to-day operations, including a solar hot water system at its central location, energy saving lighting retrofits, heat recovery systems, and rooftop solar panels at its Markham location -- as a result, the organization has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent from its 2008 baseline year
Staff from the YMCA of Greater Toronto taking the kids for a summer canoe adventure.

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Oshawa ON, North York ON, Pickering ON, Ajax ON, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Richmond Hill ON, Markham ON, Newmarket ON, Thornhill ON, Whitby ON, Etobicoke ON, Milton ON, Acton ON, Bolton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,546
Employee green team Green Team (10 teams with over 100 volunteers)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Property Management
Formal strategy/policy name Strategic Plan 2010 - 2020 (includes formal Green Commitments)
Green highlights YMCA Blog: Going Green (dedicated to its green initiatives), YMCA Eco Fair, YMCA at the Green Living Show (hosts interactive and educational demonstrations at its booth), solar powered "PowerBarr" demonstration project which can charge up to 7 portable devices courtesy of the sun, Green Leaders (awareness training program hosted twice a year for employees and guests), tree planing initiatives at YMCA camp properties (approximately 3,500 trees planted last year), 1.6 hectare property at YMCA Cedar Glen location which includes nearly one hectare that is certified organic, maintains urban farming sites at other GTA locations including rooftop and balcony gardens
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries (over 5.5 tons recycled since 2011), ink cartridges, cellphones, furniture and fixture re-use initiatives, hazardous materials, organic vermicomposting (demonstration program for children and students), biodegradable utensils
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Earth Hour, Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up, Earth Day (and Week), SmartCommute, Green Living Show
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, heat recovery from air and water, electric tap equipment, pool covers, high efficiency boilers, lighting retrofits, uses eco-friendly cleaning products (all EcoLogo Certified), electric vehicle charging station includes solar power component

The Career Directory

YMCA of Greater Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
YMCA of Greater Toronto's Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program offers a safe, supportive and fun environment to meet new people, build new skills and get involved in the community

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Oshawa ON, North York ON, Pickering ON, Ajax ON, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Richmond Hill ON, Markham ON, Newmarket ON, Thornhill ON, Whitby ON, Etobicoke ON, Milton ON, Acton ON, Bolton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,546
Part-time employees in Canada 2,691
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 Administrative Representative, Employment Resources Consultant, Youth Job Specialist, Youth Worker, Contact Centre Associate, Early Childhood Assistant, Registered Early Childhood Educator, Representative Membership Sales and Service, Team Member, Child and Youth Program
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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