McGill University
McGill University's campus in downtown Montréal, Québec  

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

Here are some of the reasons why McGill University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):

  • McGill University offers excellent family-friendly benefits, from maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers to parental top-up for adoptive parents -- additionally, employees have the option to extend their leave to an unpaid leave of absence and may take advantage of onsite daycare at McGill's main campus
  • McGill University celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through a variety of initiatives, including the President's Award, the Principal's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence (to name a few)
  • McGill University maintains a Social Equity and Diversity Education Office to provide information, education and training in order to cultivate a respectful and supportive campus culture -- and recognizes community members who further equity and inclusivity at the university through the Award for Equity and Community Building
Staff at McGill University and Marty the Martlet kicking off the school's Centraide campaign  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1821
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,256
Part-time employees in Canada 1,341
Average age of employees in Canada 47 years
Longest serving employee 66 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
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 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

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

  • McGill University's Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy sets an ambitious agenda for a greener and healthier future -- the Sustainability Projects Fund offers nearly $1 million in seed funding annually to projects that contribute to their green goals -- since its creation in 2010, over $5 million in seed funding has been directed to over 150 sustainability-related projects, such as urban gardening, shared-use bicycles and transit subsidies, and updated waste management systems
  • McGill University was one of the first universities to receive the Marine Stewardship Council certification for seafood policies and was also the first Quebec-based university to be designated a Fair Trade Campus -- its food services operation has an ongoing program to source much of its produce, eggs and meat locally from McGill's Macdonald Campus Farm
  • McGill University encourages staff and students to make sustainable transportation choices through a number of on campus initiatives including the addition of a fleet of bicycles on the Macdonald campus (available free of charge), increasing bicycle parking spaces, free shuttle service between campuses, and a partnership with a municipal bike sharing organization to provide discounts to staff and student riders
McGill University's Arts Building, a landmark of the school's downtown campus  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,256
Employee green team McGill's Office of Sustainability/MOOS (est. 1990s)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Director
Formal strategy/policy name Vision 2020 (McGill's Sustainability Strategy), Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
Green highlights Sustainable Labs Inspection Checklist (guide to help lab personnel reduce negative impacts), Bellairs Research Institute Greenhouse in Barbados (constructed a tropical greenhouse to produce fruits and vegetables for use in food production at the Institute), formal paper use strategy (includes double-sided printing defaults, reduction strategies, use of Eco-logo-certified paper where possible), provides Eco-Kits to students (includes reusable coffee mugs and food containers), Food and Dining Services programs (phased out single-use plastic water bottles and polystyrene containers, offers discounts for those who use reusable coffee mugs and containers, china and steel cutlery in dining halls, inventory management initiatives to reduce unnecessary purchases during holidays and donates of all perishables to a local mission), ongoing green fleet strategy (includes electric and hybrid vehicles, and even an electric snowmobile), shuttle service between campuses, cycling initiatives (fleet of bikes for loan, discounted membership with the city's bike-sharing service, and a unique program to design high-volume, sculptural and functional bike parking options), numerous undergraduate and graduate programs focused on sustainability (from agriculture to engineering to urban planning)
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries, office furniture, printer cartridges, cellphones, appliances, organics, hazardous waste, lab waste, construction materials, organics (in-house organics collection started in early 2000s)
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Edible Campus Project (partnership with two community groups to set up a demonstration container garden in downtown Montréal), Marine Stewardship Council (first campus in Canada to receive certification), Fair Trade Campus (first Quebec campus to be certified), food services operations source much of its produce, eggs and meat from the Macdonald Campus Farm, Supplier Code of Conduct (guidelines for suppliers to achieve)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, two building projects are currently seeking LEED certification (four other projects are underway or in the planning stages) and solar hot water panels in use at the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking

The Career Directory

McGill University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
McGill University's Redpath Museum

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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