Ryerson University
A Ryerson employee during a professional development event   (Photo credit: Clifton Li)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ryerson University was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • Working in the heart of downtown Toronto, employees can take advantage of a variety of nearby and onsite amenities, including a variety of local restaurants and cafes, an onsite cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus), and subsidized access to both of Ryerson's state-of-the-art fitness facilities, which feature basketball and squash courts, a swimming pool, an indoor running track, and an NHL-sized hockey rink located inside the historic and completely renovated Maple Leaf Gardens
  • In addition to the university's Workplace Wellbeing Services unit, Ryerson employs a Mental Health Coordinator, responsible for overseeing related initiatives across campus and creating a harmonized and holistic approach to mental well-being for faculty, students, and staff
  • Ryerson supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments and offers the convenience of onsite daycare, which employees may use upon their return
Alireza Sadeghian, a computer science professor at Ryerson, teaching coding at the Student Learning Centre   ( Photo credit: Clifton Li)


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1948
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,043
Part-time employees in Canada 4,314
Average age of employees in Canada 38.24 years
Longest serving employee 48.27 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, non-matching RSP
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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ryerson University was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • Through the extensive and campus-wide "Access Ryerson" accessibility initiative, the university identifies, removes and prevents barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities
  • Additionally, Ryerson manages an accessibility website that includes resources on creating accessible documents and planning accessible meetings, and developed a "Smart Campus" app to provide immediate notifications regarding service disruptions
  • Ryerson's recent faculty conference featured teaching practices focused on diversity and inclusion such as accessible teaching and challenges and experiences of marginalized groups on campus -- the university also created a "Teaching about Diversity Fund" to help ensure that instructors infuse diversity and inclusion into their curriculum (6 to 10 projects are funded each year up to a maximum of $35,000)
Denise O'Neil Green is the inaugural VP, Equity and Community Inclusion at Ryerson   ( Photo credit: Clifton Li)


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,043
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion
Formal commitment Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, various committees to address topics such as mental health, cultural awareness, Black history awareness, accessibility and inclusion
Employee resource groups Immigrant Faculty and Staff Network, Black Faculty and Staff Community Network, First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit Faculty, Instructors and Staff Community Group, Employees with Disabilities Community Network, Staff and Faculty Accessibility Community Network
Diversity training and awareness training on a number of topics including accessibility, consent, mental health, Aboriginal awareness and unconscious bias, trans awareness education program as well as a dedicated website to support individuals who are transitioning
Diversity highlights campus-wide Truth and Reconciliation consultations to develop a report and recommendations for initiatives and actions at the university, Diversity Self-ID survey, Soup and Substance lunchtime panel discussions on a variety of topics (open and free to members of the public), Dine and Discourse working lunch series, Positive Space campaign, Ally program, Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award to recognize achievements of an individual, team or organization in the Ryerson community, Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge to sponsor Syrian refugees
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships participates in CIBC's Pathways project to provide job-readiness preparation training for Aboriginal postsecondary students across Toronto

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