EllisDon Corporation
EllisDon employees on the construction team for the subway extension project at York University in Toronto, ON   (Photo credit: Jason Shum)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

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

  • With offices and projects across the country, EllisDon supports a variety of charitable initiatives every year -- the company encourages employees to get involved with matching volunteer grants, up to $1,000 for every 25 volunteer hours contributed
  • EllisDon cultivates an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and lets everyone share in the company's success with profit-sharing
  • EllisDon supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks) and helps employees balance their personal and working lives through a variety of alternative work options, varying by position
EllisDon employees

Employer Background

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Established in Canada 1951
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, London ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,793
Full-time employees worldwide 1,846
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .02%
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office campus includes a 5-storey main office tower (with central atrium, vegetation and water features) as well as a warehouse, a manufacturing facility, a utilities building, a flex-office building and a unique Amenities Building that includes a 200 seat auditorium, a full-service cafeteria and a fully-equipped fitness centre with gymnasium, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, kick boxing, yoga), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, soccer field, basketball and tennis courts
Other nearby amenities One Health Club, Mississauga Valley Community Centre, Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, fitness club, Applewood Park, Etobicoke Valley Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, walking and biking trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events annual hockey tournament between office locations, office holiday parties at Christmas for each region (as well as children's Christmas parties), tickets to sporting events, annual golf tournament
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A+

Financial benefits note EllisDon 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
Additional financial benefits discounted accommodation packages for employees, friends and family at the company-owned Windjammer Landing Resort in St. Lucia, corporate discount program (WorkPerks) for a variety of products and services, including restaurants, spas, sporting events and personal services

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note EllisDon has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Additional health and wellness information corporate fitness club subsidy for GoodLife Fitness
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note EllisDon 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 holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), international safety recognition program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs EllisDon University (or EDU) with a variety of courses and programs, ranging from financial management to conflict resolution to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certifications, partnership with the Construction Institute of Canada (CIC) to provide additional online training programs

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 70 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Children's Aid Society, Canadian Red Cross, Prostate Cancer Canada, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, We Ride Africa, Hurricane Matthew relief effort in Haiti (employees traveled to rural Haiti and worked for a week)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight EllisDon's charitable program encompasses several areas and is very much a reflection of the evolving needs of the communities where the company operates. To encourage employee philanthropy, EllisDon introduced a matching grant program, through which the company matches employee charitable donations, up to $1,000 each year.

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why EllisDon Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • EllisDon is looking to the future as part of its Low Carbon Agenda, a formal program to engage "leaders across sectors in response to the new priorities society and the environment are placing on buildings and infrastructure" -- the program is an expression of the firm's desire to understand and lead the change towards a low carbon economy
  • EllisDon works closely with stakeholders to minimize waste sent to landfill and develops strong partnerships with waste removal companies to focus on waste diversion, recycling and reduction -- the company's efforts range from in-office paper reduction to construction waste diversion to new material sourcing strategies
EllisDon employees participating in Habitat for Humanity's Women Build


Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, London ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,793
Employee green team Sustainable Building Services, Green Ambassadors (cross section of employees at corporate offices)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Global Director
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (est. 2005, updated 2013)
Green highlights proprietary Environmental Management System (managed by a dedicated Environmental Manager and includes mandatory training for employees and affiliated contractors), formal Low Carbon Agenda (program to engage corporate leaders across sectors in building a low carbon environment for the future), founding partner of the The Carbon Impact Initiative (sustainability workshop initiative with other leading corporations), Sustainability, Innovation and Environmental online community to engage employees across the firm
Extended recycling batteries (includes all offices, construction site offices and onsite trailers), e-waste, works with all construction project stakeholders to minimize waste sent to landfill
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, 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 Sustainable Buildings Canada, Canada Green Building Council (and US Green Building Council), Enbridge's "Savings By Design" initiative, Habitat for Humanity
Building footprint includes LED lighting retrofits, occupancy and daylight sensors, internal courtyard garden, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

EllisDon Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
EllisDon employees participating in group costume for a Halloween fundraiser in support of United Way

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, London ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB
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 $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Field Engineer, Project Coordinator, Estimator, Virtual Design Coordinator, Mechanical and Electrical Coordinator, Proposal Coordinator
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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