Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Canadian Tire employees during a ski weekend at Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie, ON   (Photo credit: Richard Sibbald)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Tire Corporation Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • For the past 10 years, Canadian Tire's charitable focus has been "Jumpstart Charities", a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers for children to participate in sport and physical activity -- the initiative works with community partners across the country and has helped over 1.6 million kids "get in the game"
  • Along with profit-sharing for all employees, Canadian Tire offers a number of financial perks and benefits including a share purchase plan, referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks, and significant discounts on merchandise from all retail stores including Canadian Tire, PartSource, Mark's, SportChek, National Sports and Atmosphere
  • Canadian Tire's midtown head office is located in the vibrant Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood with easy access to shops, restaurants and the subway -- inside, employees enjoy a renovated space with television viewing stations and bean bag chairs, and can gather in the "Hub" lounge area which is used for various events throughout the year
A team at Canadian Tire celebrates winning the 'Going for Gold' award  

Employer Background

Industry Retail
Established in Canada 1922
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Vaughan ON, Welland ON, Bolton ON, Brampton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 65,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 51 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office consists of 4 towers located in Toronto's vibrant Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, which offers convenient access to numerous restaurants and shops as well as an underground mall and subway system, inside, the workplace features lockers for telecommuters, video conference rooms, whiteboard-walled rooms for collaborative work, a wellness room with onsite massage therapist, onsite yoga and pilates classes, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, video games, foosball table, board games, table tennis, the large common space (known as the Hub) can be booked for events off-hours as well as for charitable events, numerous common areas for informal meetings and breaks, lounge features television viewing stations with bean bag chairs on every floor (used for major sporting events)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, renovated cafeteria is named "Sandy's" after Sandy McTire (the fellow on Canadian Tire money)
Onsite fitness facility the company's subsidiary FGL Sports' offices in Calgary and Laval feature fully-equipped onsite fitness centres with subsidized memberships and a variety of instructor-led classes
Other nearby amenities North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, fitness club, Eglinton Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Canadian Tire Staff Association (operating for over 30 years)
Recent social events children's Christmas party, annual family ski and snowboard day, annual long-service employee celebration (starting with employees on their 5th anniversary) summer barbecues, private movie screenings, annual Mother's Day run (for over 40 years) and a variety of employee sports teams, from hockey to baseball to dragon boat racing (also hosts annual baseball and hockey tournaments in support of its Jumpstart charitable program)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications aptly named "inTirenet" (corporate intranet with links to the new Workplace by Facebook site), new Employee Ambassador Network with over 130 employee ambassadors across the company, biannual town hall meetings hosted by senior leadership and other ongoing outreach initiatives

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Canadian Tire 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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $750) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits significant discounts on merchandise from all retail stores including Canadian Tire, PartSource, Mark's, SportChek, National Sports and Atmosphere (discounts of up to 17.5%, last year, employees could also participate in the double-the-discount program and receive up to 35% off their purchases for a limited time), discounts offered in partnership with Venngo (on everything from car insurance to entertainment options)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Canadian Tire 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 15 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
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information employees can apply unused flex dollars to fitness club memberships, enhanced coverage for vision, dental, prescription drugs, paramedical and semi-private hospital room is also available as part of the flex plan
Family-friendly benefits note Canadian Tire has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $10,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information senior level employees (AVP and above) receive an additional 15 weeks of top-up to 75% of salary, scholarship program includes 16 annual scholarships (valued at $2,500 annually for 4 years, to a total of $10,000), 3 paid emergency leave days

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Canadian Tire 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 1 day off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information depending on their position, some corporate and hourly retail employees start at 2 weeks of paid vacation allowance, duration of unpaid and self-funded leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), as part of the "High 5" online recognition program, employees can easily recognize their colleagues with e-cards and redeemable points that can be applied to the purchase of merchandise or in-kind charitable donations, formal "Going for Gold" program to recognize employees across the family of companies (winners selected directly by a special panel and the CEO)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs new "Triangle Learning Academy" which is guided by an in-house Governing Council that includes the VP of Academic Affairs and Administration as well as 7 Faculty Deans (drawn from senior personnel) that represent finance, technology, supply chain, store operations, merchandising, marketing, and consumer brands, new "WOWOnboarding" program to welcome new employees

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement national
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 50,000 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported through the "Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities" program, Canadian Tire works with over 2,100 community partners and organizations across the country, including local Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCA, municipal recreation programs, and various local festivals, hospitals, hockey and sports teams
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight The company's national charity is the "Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities" initiative, which helps financially disadvantaged families enroll their children in sports and recreational activities. Since its founding in 2005, the company's signature charity has disbursed over $148-million and helped over 1.6 million kids of all abilities afford and join fun and recreational activities across the country. Last year, the program disbursed over $20-million and helped over 284,000 kids get active.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Tire Corporation Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • The company recently created the Canadian Tire Challenge to encourage innovative thinking amongst high-performing talent in the early stages of their careers -- the program allows participants to work cross-functionally to generate ideas and present a business solution in an agile manner
  • Additionally, Canadian Tire expanded its HotiDEAS forum to students, creating a competition exclusively for co-op students to identify an issue or opportunity for improvement, and share suggestions to fix gaps -- students vote on the top three submissions which are then presented to a panel of judges
  • Canadian Tire manages a 36-month Next Generation Talent Rotational Program to help aspiring IT professionals develop broad technological expertise -- the program features three 12-month rotations within different areas of IT as well as mentoring and monthly lunch and learn sessions with senior executives
Canadian Tire co-op student finalists in the 2016 HOTiDeas competition  

Highlights

Industry Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Vaughan ON, Welland ON, Bolton ON, Brampton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 85,000
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 3-week Replenishment Analyst new graduate program to provide exposure to supply chain and merchandising practices, Marketing Rotational Program with three 8-month rotations, Technology Acceleration Program for new IT graduates at FGL Sports or Mark's, Finance Associate Analyst Rotational Program featuring two 12-month rotations,12-month supply chain internship, Campus Mentorship Program (graduate program participants mentor 1 to 3 co-op students each term), dedicated social media channels for students, students can volunteer as members of Canadian Tire's Student Social Committee and organize recreational and social activities, recently created a new social committee to encourage networking and professional development for participants of the New Graduate Program

The Career Directory

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Canadian Tire's 'Next Generation' of IT employees working out of the company's Digital Garage facility in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oakville ON, Calgary AB, Vaughan ON, Welland ON, Bolton ON, Brampton ON
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Canadian Tire offers a number of rotational programs to help students and new grads gain career-level experience, including the Emerging Marketers Program, Next Generation Talent Program, and the Finance Associate Analyst Program, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Marketing Specialist, Technology Associate, Finance Associate Analyst, Replenishment Analyst, Forecasting Analyst, Business Analyst, Technology Specialist
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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