Ontario Public Service / OPS
OPS employees at a conference  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • OPS encourages ongoing employee development through extensive in-house and online training options, including leadership development programs and career management coaching services
  • Along with the security of a defined benefit pension plan, OPS encourages employees to prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit and 50% premium coverage)
  • 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)
OPS staff in the organization's choir perform at the holiday gift drive  

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 65,136
Part-time employees in Canada 1,477
Average age of employees in Canada 44.2 years
Longest serving employee 48 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, 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 12 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • For over 15 years, the OPS has offered a 12-month Ontario Internship Program (OIP) for individuals who have recently graduated with a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate -- since the program's inception, the OPS has hired over 1,700 interns and maintained an average post-internship retention rate of 80%
  • The OPS' corporate leadership and learning branch recently launched the OPS Cafe hub to encourage mentoring and networking amongst interns and senior leaders -- using the Ten Thousand Coffees' digital platform, the program pairs mentors and mentees based on member profiles which includes information on career experience and education
  • 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, human resources, 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 educational TOPS Talks, a Symposium Conference to discuss how public servants can innovate and leverage best practices in their daily work, and the TOPS Awards to recognize members in various categories
OPS employees conducting a virtual meeting  

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 62,205
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 2-year First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program for Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 and 18, Northern Development and Mines Internship Program Pilot to attract and retain graduates to northern communities, 8-week Stewardship Youth Ranger Program to provide youth with summer opportunities to work on natural resource management projects, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Engineering Development Program for non-licensed civil, chemical, environmental or mechanical engineering graduates, Aboriginal student law program (opportunities for first and second-year students to work on Aboriginal law and policy issues), summer law program and opportunities to article with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Master's level policy co-op program for students from select universities, manages the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, an advisory body comprised of youth members (ages 16 to 25), young professionals, front-line workers and other leaders who provide advice on government initiatives impacting youth (especially at-risk youth)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • In the past year, the OPS introduced anti-racism legislation to provide measurable targets, public reporting and community consultation through renewable multi-year strategic plans -- the organization will also be developing population-specific anti-racism initiatives and will implement mandatory cultural competency training for all employees
  • The OPS offers a number of resources to help employees integrate accessibility into everyday considerations, including guidelines on creating accessible documents, hosting accessible meetings, an accessible procurement program, and an Accessibility in the Built Environment guide for employees involved in policy development or projects that pertain to the physical workplace
  • The OPS maintains an Inclusion Lens to help staff understand various dimensions of diversity and identify existing or potential barriers to inclusion at all stages of development or implementation of OPS programs, policies, legislation and services -- additionally, employees can utilize program specific lenses, such as an executive recruitment lens for senior management positions, a rural lens to help users understand rural considerations and impacts, and a non-executive recruitment lens
Members of OPS' Inclusive Diversity Office, Accessibility Office and employee networks attend the Ontario Internship Program orientation day to share information with new interns  

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 62,205
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Assistant Deputy Minister, Inclusion and Diversity
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 "Accessibility@Source" campaign to help staff integrate accessibility considerations into everything they do, Accessibility Centre of Excellence for information and IT accessibility, Accessibility Leads Forum to provide ministries with an avenue to share best practices, an Accessibility Innovation Showcase, OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals (6-month paid placements), OPS International Internship Program for Engineers (12- to 15-month placements for internationally educated engineers), Positive Space Program and champions for employees of all gender identities and sexual orientations (1,500 trained champions in 86 cities across Ontario), recruitment programs for Aboriginal youth such as Aboriginal Youth Exchange Program and Aboriginal Law Summer Program
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

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • OPS supports informal 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 throughout the year, including Earth Day activities, Bike Month at the OPS (and a bike safety clinic with the OPP), National Sweater Day Campaign and collecting eyeglasses for the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program
  • The OPS set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to 19% below its 2006 baseline level -- impressively, the organization exceeded these targets and has managed to reduce GHG emissions by over 29% through a number of programs to reduce energy use across its building portfolio, air travel and fuel consumption -- the Service also recently announced the next phase of greening its operations through the updated "Climate Change Action Plan"
OPS employees celebrating Earth Day  

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 62,205
Employee green team OPS Green Teams (host numerous awareness events throughout the year across the Service)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Talent Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Climate Change Action Plan managed under the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (new program replaces the previous OPS Green Office program, which was established in 2008 under the Treasury Board Secretariat)
Green highlights OPS Green Awards (peer-to-peer recognition of individual green leadership across the organization), Green Workplace Guide (online resource with tips for greening the workplace), Green Move Guide (to highlight green consideration when relocating), Stair Climbing Challenge (program to encourage stairs over elevators), OPP Bicycle Safety event (to encourage safe bicycle commuting), redeployment programs for furniture and computer equipment across the OPS, paper reduction strategies (has reduced paper use by 35 million sheets since 2012/2013), Ontario EcoSchools (environmental education and certification program for students from kindergarten through to grade 12), Climate Change Strategy (includes targets to reduce greenhouse gases by 15% by 2020 over a 1990 baseline year, working to an 80% reduction by 2050), OPS' vehicle fleet includes over 1,400 hybrids and 90 electric vehicles (just over 100 hybrids in 2006), the Service has 40 vehicle pool locations (reaching 75% of employees), increased use of video conference technology to help reduce travel (over 6,200 video conferences representing a 55% increase over the previous year)
Extended recycling battery collection program, 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 Earth Day, Bike Month at the OPS, National Sweater Day Campaign, Lions Club Recycle for Sight, "emPOWERme" website to encourage and provide tips to residents on home energy savings
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 (varying features found across OPS' many locations), 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
Full-time employees in Canada 50,000+
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
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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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