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Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
Confetti falls on Durham College's spring and fall convocation ceremonies in honour of the college's 50th anniversary  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Durham College encourages ongoing employee development through paid leaves for professional development and recently introduced a Leave for Change program (developed in partnership with Uniterra) -- the program offers employees a unique opportunity to transform their vacation into a short-term leave to volunteer in developing countries
  • Durham College employees can provide direct feedback through an annual Retreat with the President, providing opportunities for employees to share ideas on how to improve the campus and college experience for employees and students alike
  • Durham College encourages employees to lead active, healthy lives and provides subsidized access to its Recreation and Wellness Centre, which features 5 gymnasiums and a 10,000-square-foot "FLEX" fitness centre -- the college also offers massage therapy, acupuncture and nutritionist services through its Campus Health Centre, healthy grab-and-go options, and a smoothie juice bar at the cafeteria
A Durham College employee answers questions from students after class  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, College
Established in Canada 1967
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, Whitby ON
Full-time employees in Canada 788
Part-time employees in Canada 1,087
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 43 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Durham College's building footprint includes a number of green features such as a 350-panel photovoltaic rooftop solar array, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a centralized building automation system that monitors multiple campus buildings -- additionally, the new W. Galen Weston Centre for Food building is a "Green Restaurant" certified facility that offers programs based on the field-to-fork concept, with grounds that feature outdoor fruit, vegetable and herb gardens, native plantings and pollinator gardens
  • Durham College employees, students and faculty are encouraged to help champion sustainability on campus and elsewhere through the Sustainability Office and the formal "Living Green" initiative -- students may volunteer with their own Green Team while employees and faculty can participate in the Sustainability Office and the Living Green Ambassadors' program
Durham College hosts a Harvest Dinner each year, with food grown, harvested, cooked and served by students in food and farming, culinary and baking, hospitality and event planning  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, College
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, Whitby ON
Full-time employees in Canada 790
Employee green team Living Green Ambassadors, student-led Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Project Manager
Formal strategy/policy name Living Green Durham College (managed by the Sustainability Office), Conservation and Demand Management Plan (energy and greenhouse gas management plan for Ontario's Ministry of Energy)
Green highlights signatory to the Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability, on campus summer farmer's market (open to the general public), The Centre for Food (unique program to study local food, from sustainable farming practices to processing, preparation and serving locally produced food), #MugLife campaign (to raise awareness about disposable coffee cups and encourage use of reusable mugs), numerous sustainability-focused and related courses (approximately 250 indirectly and 75 directly related courses in the curriculum)
Extended recycling unique co-mingle recycling program, lamp recycling, air filters, construction materials, batteries, e-waste, organics, toner cartridges, hazardous wastes
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Durham SustainAbility, General Motors of Canada (environment division), Friends of the Greenbelt, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Durham Region Round Table on Climate Change, SmartCommute
Other location LEED Silver
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, water bottle refill/hydration stations, low flow and sensor activated water fixtures, carpool parking

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