Ontario Public Service / OPS
OPS employees at the Trenton Service Centre   (Photo credit: Vlade Shestakov)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • OPS offers generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) -- employees also have priority placement for their children at the Queen's Park Child Care Centre, along with a variety of alternative work options to help balance their professional and personal lives (dependent on their position)
  • Along with an incredible array of career possibilities at one of the province's largest employers, OPS manages a sponsored employee program, a unique volunteer opportunity for high potential employees to be seconded for up to 15 weeks to work for United Way (with regular pay)
  • OPS employees can apply for an unpaid leave of absence or a self-funded leave of absence for up to one year in duration
OPS employees holding a meeting   (Photo credit: Sonia Cacoilo)

Highlights

Industry Provincial Government
Established in Canada 1867
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON, Ottawa ON, London ON, Sudbury ON, St Catharines ON, Orillia ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 62,080
Part-time employees in Canada 1,710
Average age of employees in Canada 45.1
Longest serving employee 53 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
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 36 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives 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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • OPS provides law students interested in Aboriginal legal issues with opportunities to gain related work experience and foster positive relationships with Aboriginal communities through a dedicated summer law program -- students in their first or second year of study work on a variety of related issues including Aboriginal policy development and implementation, Aboriginal title claims, Treaty claims, rights claims and consultation issues
  • OPS established the OPS Learn and Work initiative, a co-operative education program that provides employment opportunities for high school students from selected priority communities -- the 22-week program consists of two paid co-op terms at the OPS and other related agencies with students working in a variety of areas and positions including administrative support, education and training, justice and law enforcement, and IT (to name a few)
  • OPS maintains "Tomorrow's Ontario Public Service (TOPS)", an internal group that provides young employees with networking, mentoring and learning opportunities -- the group organizes a mentorship program, dedicated speaker series, educational TOPS Talks, TOPS Awards to recognize members in a variety of categories such as leadership, partnership and inclusion, and an annual Symposium Conference to discuss how public servants can innovate and leverage best practices in their daily work
  • In partnership with Confederation College and industry partners, the OPS offers a 2-year First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program for Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 and 18 -- participants work in a variety of fields including forestry, mining, fisheries and wildlife, and participate in workplace training as well as personal development workshops
OPS employees taking part in the organization's annual Walk & Run

Highlights

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON, Ottawa ON, London ON, Sudbury ON, St Catharines ON, Orillia ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 62,080
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives maintains the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, an advisory body comprised of youth (ages 16 to 25), young professionals, front-line workers and other leaders who provide advice on government initiatives impacting youth (especially at-risk youth), Northern Development and Mines Internship Program Pilot to attract and retain graduates to northern communities, summer law program and opportunities to article with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario Internship Program which offers 12-month paid internships in seven focus areas (more than 1,600 interns hired since the program's inception)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • The OPS strives to create an inclusive and accessible work environment for all employees and launched the "Accessibility@Source" campaign to help staff integrate accessibility considerations into everything they do -- resources include guidelines on creating accessible documents and hosting accessible meetings, an accessible procurement program to consider the needs of persons with disabilities at all stages of the procurement process, and an Accessibility in the Built Environment guide for employees involved in policy development or projects that pertain to the physical workplace
  • In addition to annual accessibility plans, the OPS offers a range of accessibility tools and resources for employees and ministries including an Accessibility Centre of Excellence for information and IT accessibility, an Accessibility Leads Forum to provide ministries with an avenue to share best practices, and an Accessibility Innovation Showcase, organized recently in partnership with the US Consulate General in Toronto
  • The OPS maintains an Inclusion Lens to help staff explore and consider up to 17 different dimensions of diversity -- the Lens is applied to major OPS processes such as cabinet submission, program and legislation review, and also includes an executive recruitment lens for senior management positions
  • Additionally, the organization is developing a non-executive recruitment lens to help hiring managers and recruitment consultants identify potential barriers at each stage of the recruitment process, and recently surveyed 4,000 applicants to its Ontario Internship Program to better understand who is applying to work for the OPS and how they experience the recruitment process
OPS employees   (Photo credit: Vlade Shestakov)

Highlights

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON, Ottawa ON, London ON, Sudbury ON, St Catharines ON, Orillia ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 62,080
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Inclusion & Accessibility Officer
Formal commitment maintains dedicated diversity offices and councils, strategic plans for anti-racism, accessibility and inclusion, and a Healthy Workplace, Healthy Minds initiative to build awareness of mental health in the workplace
Employee resource groups Women in Government, Women in Corrections network (600 members), Black Ontario Public Service Employees Network, East Asian Network Group, South Asian Network, Nation to Nation (Aboriginal peoples), OPS Pride Network (1,600 members and champions), FrancoGO (francophone employees), Tomorrow's Ontario Public Service (young people, 4,700 members)
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as bias awareness, Indigenous cultural competency, anti-racism and accessibility
Diversity highlights career development opportunities for underrepresented groups in leadership positions, Positive Space Program and champions for employees of all gender identities and sexual orientations (1,300 trained champions in 84 cities across Ontario), OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals (6-month paid placements), recruitment programs for Aboriginal youth such as Aboriginal Youth Exchange Program and Aboriginal Law Summer Program, OPS International Internship Program for Engineers (12- to 15-month placements for internationally educated engineers), tangible inclusion commitments included in performance plans for executive and senior management
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Ability Edge (6-month paid internships for recent grads with disabilities), Career Edge (paid internships for internationally trained individuals), Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, Feathers of Hope Youth Forum, Native Women's Resource Centre, Equitek

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • OPS maintains a unique reuse and redeployment program for everything from furniture to computers to paper to heavy machinery and laboratory equipment, ensuring that reusable items are saved, cataloged and shipped to other locations as needed
  • OPS supports over 100 Green Teams across the province who work to create awareness and engage employees in the creation of a greener workplace -- teams organize a variety of initiatives every year including a Paperless Office Competition, Earth Day Battery Recycling Challenge, the People Power Challenge (over 5,400 employees pledged to reduce negative environmental impacts at work and at home), and the unique Shake, Shake, Shake Campaign to reduce paper towel consumption
  • As part of its overall Green Transformation Strategy, the OPS set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to 19 percent below its 2006 baseline level -- impressively, the organization exceeded these targets and reduced GHG emissions by over 27 percent through a number of programs to reduce energy use across its building portfolio, air travel and fuel consumption
OPS employees at the organization's Caught Green Handed: Battery Recycling Edition for Waste Reduction campaign

Highlights

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON, Ottawa ON, London ON, Sudbury ON, St Catharines ON, Orillia ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 62,080
Employee green team OPS Green Teams (over 100 teams which host numerous awareness events every year); OPS Green Office which supports the individual actions of "green champions" across all ministries
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Talent Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Green Transformation Strategy (est. 2009), OPS Green Office (est. 2008), Ontario Climate Change Action Plan to set province wide emission reductions over a multi-year strategy (est. 2007), Ministry Green Plans which align with the overall Green Transformation Strategy
Green highlights OPS Green Awards (peer-to-peer recognition of individual green leadership across the organization), Waste Reduction Week, Clean Air Commute, OPP Bicycle Safety event (to encourage safe bicycle commuting), the #CycleON: Action Plan 1.0 (to create a province-wide network of cycling routes as well as deliver education and training directly to the pubic), Think Green Intranet and the Think Green Speaker Series (including the Green Leadership & Learning Symposium), EcoSchools Ontario (environmental education and certification program for students from kindergarten through to grade 12), Green Move Guide (to highlight green consideration when relocating), Green Workplace Guide, OPS Green Exchange (online inventory of available supplies for reallocation and reuse), OPS Print Calculator (to encourage less printing), Electric Vehicle Incentive program (covers vehicle and home charging installations), OPS Green Fleet Strategy with over 1,390 hybrids and 85 electric vehicles on the road (compared to just over 100 hybrids in 2006) and 40 vehicle pool locations, Meet Smart + Travel Smart (to increase use of video conference technology and reduce unnecessary travel), online travel calculator (to reduce unnecessary travel)
Extended recycling battery collection program (over 326,000 batteries collected and diverted since 2012), e-waste, organics (at some locations)
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 recently hosted the Climate Summit of the Americas (featured representatives from 30 states), Earth Day, World Wildlife Fund (Earth Hour and National Sweater Day), Smart Commute, World Water Day
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, white roofs (pilot program), LED lighting retrofits, Recycling Council of Ontario's (RCO) 3R Certification (two locations), over 60 electric vehicle charging stations and has made a $20 million commitment to create a province-wide network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Ontario Public Service / OPS has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
An OPS employee band playing at a United Way kickoff event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON, Ottawa ON, London ON, Sudbury ON, St Catharines ON, Orillia ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 50,000+
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
Other info for new grads The OPS manages the Ontario Internship Program, a 2-year paid position in a wide range of ministries and agencies across the organization.
Typical new grad positions Junior Policy Advisor, Policy Advisor, Research Analyst, Program Analyst, Program Coordinator, Communications Advisor, Recruitment Assistant, Learning Administrator, Issues Management Assistant, Financial Coordinator
Starting salary $40K to $45K
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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