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

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018)

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)

Highlights

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
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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ryerson University was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Ryerson established a campus-wide accessibility initiative entitled "Access Ryerson" to identify, remove and prevent barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities -- as part of the program, the university maintains a senior leadership steering committee, an advisory group comprised of members from across the university, and a number of working groups focused on specific initiatives to remove physical and systemic barriers
  • Additionally, Ryerson created a dedicated accessibility website that includes resources on topics such as creating accessible documents and planning accessible meetings, and developed a "Smart Campus" app to provide community members with immediate notification and updates regarding service disruptions -- Ryerson also offers Access Tours on an ongoing basis for students, faculty and staff with mobility disabilities to introduce barrier-free routes of travel
  • Ryerson maintains a mental health committee and recently hosted "MindFest" in partnership with University of Toronto and OCAD, an annual day of workshops and events to promote dialogue and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing
Employees at Ryerson's annual Display Your Pride community celebration   (Photo credit: Clifton Li)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,958
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives AVP/VP, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Formal commitment established an Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and maintains various committees to address topics such as mental health, cultural awareness, Black history awareness, accessibility and inclusion
Employee resource groups Black Faculty and Staff Community Network (75 members), First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit Faculty, Instructors and Staff Community Network, Staff and Faculty Accessibility Community Network
Diversity training and awareness training on a number of topics including Aboriginal awareness, accessibility, consent and being an effective ally, and race, realities and relationships, launched a trans awareness education program as well as a dedicated website to support individuals who are transitioning
Diversity highlights Diversity Self-ID survey which includes LGBTQ as equity-seeking group, 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 Women in Leadership forum, tri-mentoring program for the organization's culturally diverse student body (and pilot program for students with disabilities)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships participates in CIBC's Pathways project to provide job-readiness preparation training for Aboriginal post-secondary students across Toronto

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