General Motors of Canada Company
GM Canada Central Region employees at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park participating in Chevrolet 360, a celebration of the company's lineup of launch vehicles

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • Employees working at GM Canada's Oshawa office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, a cafeteria with subsidized meals, healthy and special-diet menus, and subsidized access to a fully-equipped fitness facility, featuring a range of exercise equipment and instructor-led classes such as spinning and yoga
  • GM Canada encourages ongoing employee education with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $8,000), as well as subsidies for courses indirectly related to an employees' current role (to $2,000) -- additionally, the company offers academic scholarships for children of hourly employees (to $1,300 per child)
  • GM Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new moms and dads and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company also supports adoptive parents with a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (to $5,000 per child)
Employees from GM Canada's Canadian Technical Centre participating in an activity during an afternoon barbecue event at Lakeview Park in Oshawa, ON

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1908
Publicly traded yes
Parent company General Motors Company
Parent company head office Detroit, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON, Kapuskasing ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,614
Average age of employees in Canada 47 years
Longest serving employee 53 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • GM Canada is a major recruiter of young people and created "JumpStart", an affinity group for new hires with less than 5 years of experience -- the network hosts social events and career days, and also maintains a dedicated newsletter, website and internal social media platform
  • GM Canada recently hosted the Canada's Next Top Ad Exec Competition, inviting students to create and present a marketing plan for Chevrolet -- competition winners received a brand new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback and all competitors were provided with an opportunity to apply for summer internships
  • GM Canada created an engineering development opportunity program for students completing their undergraduate degree with less than 3 years of industry experience -- the 2-year program features rotations across various engineering functions at the company's technical centers
GM Canada employees coming together to prepare backpacks for the United Way's 'Backpacks for Kids' program

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON, Kapuskasing ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,614
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives graduate-in-training rotational program for individuals interested in careers in marketing and branding within the company's customer care and after-sales or customer care and service process departments, hosts pub nights, hack-a-thons and info sessions throughout the year, hosts "diagonal slices" for employees from all levels to meet with senior leadership and executives

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • GM Canada created a Canadian Diversity Leadership Council and maintains a longstanding Supplier Diversity Council, which works with over 200 certified minority and woman-owned businesses in Canada and the US
  • Originally established in 1983, GM Canada relaunched its Women Council to offer leadership seminars, mentoring and regular networking opportunities -- the Council is currently working with talent acquisition teams and the Canada Technical Centre to increase STEM education and hiring, and recently held its second annual Women's Symposium
  • GM Canada sponsors select employees to participate in the Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership Diversity (BOLD) program at York University's Schulich School of Business -- the unique program focuses on developing high potential, culturally diverse executives and senior managers, internationally trained professionals, Indigenous peoples, and leaders of diverse teams
GM Canada's female engineers teamed up to take part in the #ILookLikeAnEngineer project, a movement to demystify the face of the 'traditional engineer'

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON, Kapuskasing ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,614
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Global Chief Diversity Officer
Formal commitment Canadian diversity leadership council, supplier diversity council
Employee resource groups GM Canada's Women's Council, Jump Start (for employees with less than 5 years of experience), Asian Indian Affinity Group
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as unconscious bias, Why Diversity Matters, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements
Diversity highlights Women in Action online leadership development course, Women's Symposium event organized by the Women's Council, celebrations and events to recognize important dates such as Pride Month, Black History Month and International Women's Day
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Centre for Immigration and Community Services (recruiting newcomers), Career Edge

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

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

  • GM Canada works closely with its suppliers to reduce the amount of what was previously called waste (now formally referred to as a resource) heading to the landfill -- the company performs regular waste audits and has achieved an impressive overall waste diversion rate of 96%, higher than provincial and industry averages as reported by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • GM Canada and its employees support numerous environmental initiatives in the community where it operates, such as the Feathered Friends Festival at the head office and the adjacent McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, the CAMI manufacturing facility's reforestation project in partnership with the Thames River Conservation Authority, and the Milkweeds for Monarchs in partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute for Technology, to name a few
GM Canada employees planting greenery to celebrate World Environment Day

Highlights

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON, Kapuskasing ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,614
Employee green team local green teams at manufacturing and office locations, UNIFOR Environmental Representative (union) positions at each location
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Corporate and Environmental Affairs
Formal strategy/policy name GM of Canada Environmental Policy, Environment Management System (all manufacturing facilities certified)
Green highlights GREEN (partners with local schools to teach students water sampling and watershed action projects), GM Canada Clean-Up Day (hosted on Earth Day), Feathered Friends Festival (co-hosted at the head office in celebration of the return of migratory birds to the area), CAMI Reforestation Project (tree-planting across the 16.6 acres of its property, in partnership with the Thames River Conservation Authority), Milkweeds for Monarchs (company has grown over 1,500 plants and distributed thousands of seeds in partnership with Durham College and the UOIT), pollinator garden at the company's Oshawa head office location (native plant materials sourced locally), unique Green Dealership pilot program (includes everything from solar power generation to rainwater collection to native landscaping), ongoing product commitment to create greener automobiles (includes electric, bio-fuel, natural gas and hybrid automobiles)
Extended recycling batteries, plastics, e-waste, organics, wood, oil, oil filters, light bulbs, hazardous waste collection day and metal (working with suppliers to achieve an impressive 96% waste diversion rate)
Commuter amenities 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 Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (tree planting), Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Wildlife Habitat Council, Friends of Second Marsh, Central Lake Ontario Conservation, RiverWatch, Ontario Biodiversity Council, Durham SustainAbility
Building footprint includes solar water heating, electric vehicle charging stations, white roof, deep water cooling, created an Embedded Energy Manager role whose primary responsibility is to find energy savings

The Career Directory

General Motors of Canada Company has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
GM Canada employees from the Canadian Technical Centre in Markham, ON enjoying a barbecue event with test drives

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Parent company General Motors Company
Parent company head office Detroit, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Oshawa ON, St Catharines ON, Ingersoll ON, Markham ON, Montréal QC, Woodstock ON, Kapuskasing 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 $8,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads New graduates and students working at General Motors of Canada have the opportunity to work on rotational assignments, and the office is also a designated CA training office.
Typical new grad positions Production Supervisor, District Manager, Financial Analyst, Controls and Development Engineer, Autonomous Controls Engineer, Software Developer, Algorithm Design, Junior Developer
Starting salary $75K to $80K
Work benefits 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

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