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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, Winnipeg MB, Richmond BC, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kitchener ON, St Catharines ON, London ON, Québec QC, Whitby ON, Windsor ON
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 (2018):

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

  • IKEA Canada's parent company established a 2020 sustainability strategy called "People & Planet Positive" to chart the course for the next decade -- among the strategy's goal are a zero waste to landfill goal and a commitment to producing as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020, already reaching 71 percent of its total energy consumed worldwide today (up from 53 percent in 2015)
  • IKEA Canada has 3,790 solar panels atop three of its Toronto-area stores as part of the Province of Ontario's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program (with more planned for Ottawa and Burlington) -- collectively, the existing system can generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 100 homes -- the retailer's 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta became fully operational in 2014 and the company has recently followed-up with the purchase of an 88 megawatt wind farm in Drumheller, Alberta, which together can produce four-times the energy consumed by IKEA Canada across the country
IKEA Canada employees planting trees  

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, Winnipeg MB, Richmond BC, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kitchener ON, St Catharines ON, London ON, Québec QC, Whitby ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,213
Employee green team Sustainability Forum
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Canada Sustainability Manager
Formal strategy/policy name People & Planet Positive
Green highlights employees in Canada receive sustainability training including annual online refresher courses, the "More Sustainable Life at Home" co-worker engagement project (select employees receive $500 worth of IKEA products to help live a more sustainable life, and report back to colleagues via in-house social media), IWAY procurement strategy (addresses everything from labour standards to chemical usage to workplace discrimination), moved to LED technology (or compatible) lighting products only, as of 2015 all home furnishing materials, including packaging, are made from recyclable or recycled materials, follows an in-house "Product Sustainability Scorecard" to develop more sustainable products, IKEA Canada's parent company established a goal to produce as much renewable energy as the company consumes worldwide by 2020 (in Canada the company already owns the capacity to produce more than four times the energy consumed)
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% recycled content), light bulbs, batteries, textiles, reusable and recyclable paper pallets, conducts periodic store waste audits to identify areas for improvement
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 Earth Hour, Tree Canada (over 48,000 trees planted by IKEA Canada employees through its "Pick-a-Tree/Plant-a-Tree" program established in 1992, program redirects money raised from Christmas tree sales for plantings), World Wildlife Foundation (Better Cotton Initiative which works to ensure sustainable cotton production), 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 2016, over 61% of all wood used by IKEA is FSC certified, with the goal of 100% by 2020)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, green parking spaces for customers who drive hybrid, fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, parking for Modo shared-use vehicle services at the Richmond location, water conserving fixtures, living wall, skylights and motion sensitive lighting

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