Hospital for Sick Children, The
Staff in the common area at SickKids' Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Hospital for Sick Children, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • SickKids organizes its charitable involvement and fundraising efforts through the longstanding SickKids Foundation, which has raised over $10-million in the past five years -- employees also lend their considerable expertise to initiatives that support children at home and around the world
  • SickKids recognizes exceptional performance and achievements through a number of profession-specific awards, including the Daisy Award program (to recognize exceptional care provided by nurses), the President's Award to honour individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty, and the Research Institute Citizenship Award
  • SickKids is committed to creating a healthy work environment through its wellness program, which includes weekly massage therapy for clinical staff, walking and running clubs, monthly lunch and learn wellness seminars and subsidized access to the hospital's 2,400 square-foot staff wellness centre, which features a fitness studio, cardio and weight equipment, and a number of fitness classes such as boot camp, pilates and yoga
Staff at SickKids welcome guests to the annual recognition tea event  

Employer Background

Industry Specialty Hospital
Established in Canada 1875
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,852
Part-time employees in Canada 705
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 24.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.3 years
Longest serving employee 52.7 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features the hospital's downtown campus consists of several interconnected buildings including the LEED Gold-certified Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, which features multiple atriums with floor-to-ceiling windows, televisions and lounge areas, additional workplace features include a covered outdoor patio and landscaped eating area (constructed from an old emergency entrance), original artwork displayed in hallways and offices, rotating vendors selling crafts and unique goods, in-house library, onsite Shoppers Drug Mart (with no dispensing fees for employees), rotating farmers' market area with a variety of independent vendors throughout the year, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, large televisions available in all atrium areas (often used as a gathering place for major events such as the Olympics)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals, food court area with Subway, Sushi Express, Jugo Juice, Jimmy the Greek, 24-hour Starbucks and Tim Hortons coffee shops, the Terrace Cafe (which serves healthy options and Ontario-sourced food products), and a hospital-owned specialty food store that provides organic, gluten-free and allergen-free food options
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, boot camp), weights, shower facilities, onsite 2,400 square-foot Wellness Centre, walking and running clubs, nutritional training, wellness program, weekly massages for clinical unit employees
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Queen's Park, University of Toronto (St. George campus), daycare, restaurants, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Chinatown and Kensington Market, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events staff barbecue (hosted on the front lawn with live music, a dunk tank and a silent auction), annual golf tournament (fundraiser for the SickKids Foundation), long-service recognition celebrations, holiday dinners for employees who are scheduled to work on observed religious holidays
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Open Forum to encourage employees to ask questions and hear directly from the leadership team, formal Daily Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) to engage employees in improving overall organizational performance, ongoing executive team "Walkarounds" to generate greater engagement and understanding of the entire operation, digital signage program (includes televisions and computer home screens) to reach all employees and families across the hospital

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, WorkPerks program which provides discounts on a variety of goods and service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note SickKids has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 18 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information mental health strategy and peer support program, extensive wellness program to promote physical and mental well-being (includes a walking club, a running club, healthy eating grocery store tours, monthly lunch and learns, healthy work and living newsletters, nutrition counselling and weekly mindfulness sessions)
Family-friendly benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information depending on employee group, some employees receive maternity and parental leave top-up of 93% of salary for up to 26 weeks, and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents of 93% of salary for up to 11 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note SickKids has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months
Additional time-off information depending on their grouping, employees receive 2 to 4 weeks of paid vacation to start

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), a number of profession-specific awards including a Medical Staff Association Citizen Award, the Research Institute Citizenship Award, and the Daisy Award program to recognize exceptional care provided by nurses on a monthly basis, the President's Award to honour individuals and employee groups who have gone above and beyond in their duties, annual Celebration of Excellence to recognize employees for their hard work
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs scientific retreat for Research Institute staff (up to 1,000 employees take part in the annual event which features a day of presentations and speakers at an outside venue such as Roy Thomson Hall), the Learning Institute, which has a mandate to support educational initiatives, offering a range of learning opportunities and, as a teaching hospital, is home to the largest paediatric medical and surgical training program in Canada

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 5 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Canadian Blood Services, Canada Post (Santa letter-writing initiative), a number of summer camps to support children and their families (including Camp Oochigeas for children living with cancer, Camp Oki for children living with heart disease, and Camp Erin for bereaved children and teens), Manulife Kids Science, Herbie Fund (surgeons volunteer their time and expertise to treat children from around the world) and the Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Program (which has trained over 200 nurses thus far, working towards a goal of 1,500 by the end of 2025)
Community highlight SickKids' charitable focus includes children's health, research and education, and supporting the local community. The longstanding SickKids Foundation is a focal point for employee involvement and fundraising efforts. The initiative has raised over $10-million in the last five years. Employees are encouraged to volunteer through the formal Volunteer Resources team, which organizes up to 1,600 active volunteers annually.

The Career Directory

Hospital for Sick Children, The has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
SickKids' nursing staff pose in the hospital's atrium

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Assistant Research Technologist, Clinical Research Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Analyst, Human Resources Associate, Information Technology Trainee, Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Technician, Orthopaedic Technician, Patient Information Clerk, Pharmacy Technician, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant, Registration Clerk
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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