Mohawk College
Employees of Mohawk College collaborating in their office  

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

Here are some of the reasons why Mohawk College was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):

  • Employees at Mohawk College can keep fit at the fully-equipped onsite fitness centre which features a variety of instructor-led classes and even an outdoor beach volleyball court -- employees can also enjoy an extended hike along the nearby Bruce Trail that winds along the Niagara Escarpment
  • Mohawk College employees can plan for life after work with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, assistance with retirement planning, phased-in work options when they near retirement, as well as retiree health benefits (with no age limit)
  • Mohawk College employees are encouraged to keep their skills up-to-date through a variety of in-house training programs as well as through generous tuition subsidies for courses that are both related and unrelated to their current position (up to $10,500 annually)
Staff at Mohawk College posing at the photo booth at a staff event  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Established in Canada 1967
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 999
Part-time employees in Canada 1,018
Average age of employees in Canada 45 years
Longest serving employee 44 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
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 6 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $10,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 Mohawk College was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Mohawk College's Sustainability Office partners with City School by Mohawk and Mission Services of Hamilton to offer a 10-week after-school program that teaches students gardening, environmental science and entrepreneurship skills -- students learn to grow their own seedlings and sell them at an annual seedling sale on the Mohawk College campus
  • Mohawk College has taken impressive steps to ensure greater use of alternative transit, offering discounted transit passes for students (covered in part by a unique Sustainability Initiatives Fee, payable by all students), a bicycle loan program managed by the Sustainability Office (free use of bikes), support for carpoolers (allowing up to four employees to share one parking pass), and shared-use Zipcars available on campus
  • In addition to adopting LEED building standards for new construction, Mohawk College boasts a number of creative features across the campus, from community gardens and a rooftop pollinator garden, to water bottle filling stations to accompany a disposable water bottle ban, and a unique Waste Management Zone in one cafeteria, which features recycling stations and a proper place to wash reusable mugs, containers and cutlery -- the college is also home to Canada's largest net zero institutional building, the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
Mohawk College employees can purchase fresh produce on campus  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 999
Employee green team Environmental Management Plan Steering Committee, Sustainability Initiatives Fee Committee (student and college initiative), Environmentally Committed Organization of Students (ECOS)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Corporate Services
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management Plan 2.0 (est. 2011 and revised in 2014)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights unique Waste Management Zone in one cafeteria (includes all recycling stations and a proper place to wash reusable mugs, containers and cutlery), Lug a Mug program (25 cent discount on all hot beverages when using a refillable mug) water bottle filling stations (introduced a single-use plastic water bottle ban back in 2013), on campus community garden cooperative, numerous sustainability courses and programs, from a Clean and Renewable Energy Diploma to a Sustainable Local Foods Certificate, 2017 initiative to measure greenhouse gas emissions in order to set future reduction targets
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, solar air heating, new Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (Canada's largest and Hamilton's first net zero institutional building), 6 kW Fennel Campus wind turbine (generates power year-round), LEED Gold certified David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre (uses 34 per cent less energy and 40 per cent reduced water consumption than a similar sized facility), has targeted LEED standards for all future campus construction and renovations, energy retrofit projects ongoing (part of a greenhouse gas retrofit grant program sponsored by the province of Ontario)
Extended recycling batteries, e-waste, organics
Commuter amenities numerous transportation initiatives (discounted transit passes, free bicycle loan program, car-share vehicles on campus, ride-sharing, EV parking), Smart Commute, Clean Air Commute Week, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Earth Day, World Wildlife Fund Canada (partnership to construct a rooftop pollinator garden), City of Hamilton Transportation and Environmental Summits, Civic Action (local sustainable transportation initiative), City School Sprouts (Sustainability Office works in partnership with City School by Mohawk and Mission Services of Hamilton, offering a 10-week program that teaches young children gardening, environmental science and entrepreneurship skills), 100km Foods and Environment Hamilton (operates the Mohawk College Farm Stand which offers local, healthy food on campus from July to November)

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