IKEA Canada Limited Partnership
IKEA Canada co-workers on the store floor  

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):

  • IKEA Canada lets everyone share in the company's success through a defined profit-sharing plan, in addition to offering year-end bonuses for all employees
  • IKEA Canada supports employee development with a variety of in-house and online training programs and encourages continuous development through tuition subsidies for courses related to an employees' position (with no annual maximum)
  • IKEA Canada employees working at the company's head office (atop the Burlington store) enjoy a number of amenities throughout the workday, including a large eat-in kitchen and meeting area named FIKA (coffee break in Swedish), access to a co-worker restaurant with healthy subsidized meals, a rooftop terrace complete with picnic tables and umbrellas, and free fresh fruit daily
IKEA Canada ambassadors in the company's iWitness program, which gives employees the opportunity to see the impact that the IKEA Foundation's projects have in person  

Highlights

Industry Home furnishings retail
Established in Canada 1943
Parent company IKEA Group
Parent company head office Burlington ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Burlington ON, North York ON, Etobicoke ON, Vaughan ON, Montréal QC, Boucherville QC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Coquitlam BC, Richmond BC, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kitchener ON, St Catharines ON, Québec QC, Whitby ON, Windsor ON, Mississauga ON, Vancouver BC, Brossard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,397
Part-time employees in Canada 3,666
Average age of employees in Canada 36 years
Longest serving employee 37 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $800 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting
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 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Along with receiving sustainability training (including annual online refresher courses), employees at IKEA Canada can practice or read all about sustainability in action through the "More Sustainable Life at Home" co-worker engagement project -- over 200 selected employees have tested over 4,500 products at home and report back to colleagues via in-house social media
  • IKEA Canada employees have been major participants in the annual WWF Canada CN Tower Climb for Nature -- as a result of high levels of participation, the company became a corporate sponsor of the climb in 2018
  • IKEA Canada continues to invest in green energy with 8,992 panels atop six locations generating enough electricity to power approximately 200 homes, with more planned -- impressively, the company's wind farms in Pincher Creek and Drumheller, Alberta can produce four times the energy consumed by IKEA Canada across the country
IKEA Canada staff volunteer with Habitat for Humanity  

Highlights

Industry Home furnishings retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Burlington ON, North York ON, Etobicoke ON, Vaughan ON, Montréal QC, Boucherville QC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Coquitlam BC, Richmond BC, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kitchener ON, St Catharines ON, Québec QC, Whitby ON, Windsor ON, Mississauga ON, Vancouver BC, Brossard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,397
Employee green team National Sustainability Forum
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Manager (Canada-wide responsibility)
Formal strategy/policy name People & Planet Positive (global 2020 sustainability strategy)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Canadian employees receive sustainability training including annual online refresher courses, "More Sustainable Life at Home" co-worker engagement project (over 200 selected employees have tested over 4,500 products at home and report back to colleagues via in-house social media), IKEA Sustainable Living Challenge (annual three week challenge to educate employees and encourage sustainable choices and behaviours), follows an in-house Product Sustainability Scorecard to help develop more sustainable products and continues to work towards the goal is to have 90 per cent of sales from products identified as "more sustainable" in 2020, retails only energy efficient light bulbs (first retailer in Canada to stop retailing incandescent lighting), unique "Aterstalla" line of products made from "up cycled" IKEA textiles (including small bags, aprons, baskets and tea towels), approximately 98 per cent of home furnishing materials, including packaging, are made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials
Noteworthy initiatives Sweden-based parent company has established the goal to produce as much renewable energy as the company consumes worldwide by 2020 -- and in Canada the company already owns the capacity to produce more than four times the energy its consumes in Canada with rooftop solar arrays at some retail locations and major wind production investments near Drumheller and Pincher Creek, Alberta
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, water conserving fixtures, living wall, skylights and motion sensitive lighting, benchmarks all new builds against LEED certification standards
Extended recycling mattress take-back program at all stores, partners with Cascades' "closed loop" program (IKEA supplies recyclable cardboard and purchases paper towel and bath tissue made from 100 per cent recycled content), light bulbs, batteries, textiles, reusable and recyclable paper pallets (conducts monthly waste diversion reports, benchmarking locally and internationally)
Commuter amenities green parking spaces for customers who drive hybrid, fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, shuttle bus service at two Toronto locations, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Earth Hour, Tree Canada (over 48,000 trees planted since 1992 though its "Pick-a-Tree/Plant-a-Tree" Christmas tree sales program), World Wildlife Foundation (Better Cotton Initiative which works to ensure sustainable cotton production, IKEA Canada also sponsors the WWF CN Tower Climb for Nature), sells only UTZ Certified coffee, cocoa, chocolate bars and tea, The Earth Group (retail partnership to sell water bottles that are recyclable and biodegradable, with revenues directed to support children's education and hunger initiatives), Forest Stewardship Council (as of 2017, over 76 per cent of all wood used by IKEA is FSC certified, with the goal of 100 per cent by 2020)

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