Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
TMMC employees

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2018) :

  • TMMC employees can enjoy time off early in their careers, receiving 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job, moving to 4 weeks after only 2 years of employment and up to 6.4 weeks for long-serving employees
  • TMMC leads its industry in offering family-friendly benefits, providing maternity and parental leave top-ups for new moms (to 65% of salary for 52 weeks) and parental leave top-ups for new dads and adoptive parents (to 65% of salary for 35 weeks)
  • TMMC helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan -- along the way employees can take advantage of generous discounts for the lease or purchase of new vehicles (to $1,000) and extends the program to their family members (to $800)
  • TMMC employees work in one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Southwestern Ontario and can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities such as free membership to an impressive fitness facility (with full gymnasium), an employee lounge with games room, a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, outdoor walking trails, a baseball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts, a soccer field, a children's playground and even a community garden for those wanting to exercise their green thumb
TMMC employees gathering for a milestone photo in honour of the company's 30th anniversary

Employer Background

Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1986
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Toyota Motor Corporation
Parent company head office Toyota City, Japan
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,620
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 13%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.5 years
Longest serving employee 29.5 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features manufacturing operations are housed in a custom-built facility that includes over 3 million square feet of manufacturing space (the largest in the region), head office administrative buildings are open concept (including the President's office) and includes a showroom (which features the very first Corolla built at the facility as well as a complete lineup of current vehicles), a fully staffed health centre, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, table tennis, employee communication and break rooms with televisions
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, Tim Hortons kiosks (in all cafeterias)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, fully-staffed 30,000 square foot Corolla Park centre offers a range of health and recreational activities for employees, outdoor 14 acre park with walking trails, children's playground, baseball diamond, and organized sporting activities such as hockey, soccer, squash, badminton, flag football, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, baseball and volleyball
Other nearby amenities Riverside Park, Grand River Conservation Area Trail System, convenient highway access, regional airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name TMMC Social Club (est. 1988)
Recent social events holiday meal every December and a family Christmas party for employees and their children, summer family day and picnic (with approximately 8,000 in attendance), birthday lunches (one celebration for all employees whose birthdays fall in that month), and social committee events such as an annual golf tournament, bus trips to theatre shows, casino and sporting events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $200) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts of new Toyota vehicles for employees of up to $1,000 off dealer cost ($800 for family members), vehicle lottery for the option to purchase company-owned vehicles, longstanding program features the use of a white Lexus RX350 on an employees' wedding weekend (or children of employees), complete with a full tank of gas and complimentary cleaning of the exterior and interior

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note TMMC has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information unused health credits can be allocated to a health spending account for additional coverage
Family-friendly benefits note TMMC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,250 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note TMMC has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6.4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information vacation increases to 4 weeks after 2 years and to 4.8 weeks after only 3 years on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, long-service awards, Kaizen (Japanese business philosophy that translates to continuous improvement), suggestion program that awards points for suggested and implemented cost saving ideas (employees can accumulate and cash out points when they wish), monthly themed participation rewards (such as safety month, quality month, Earth month)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,904 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 298 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Habitat for Humanity, Food Banks, Meals on Wheels, Elmira District Community Living, Child Witness Centre, Grand River Conservation Authority, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, United Way (over $630,000 raised last year)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight As part of a review of its charitable giving program, the company established focus groups with representation from the public, charitable organizations and employees to help determine its focus for the years ahead. As a result, initiatives related to social services were deemed most important, followed closely by support for education and the environment. Additionally, TMMC encourages employees to submit suggestions to an employee-led donations committee for review. The company introduced a $500 seed money grant to help employees establish their own fundraising initiatives (and follows up with a matching donation to the funds raised, up to $500). Last year, in celebration of its 30th year anniversary, TMMC made $3,000 donations to 30 organizations that were nominated by employees.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • TMMC's diversity and inclusion infrastructure is comprised of an Executive Diversity Leadership Council, to champion initiatives across the organization, a Diversity Advisory Council, to share and test ideas, and a Department Diversity Council, to support implementation the company's 5-year plan
  • TMMC created a task force to focus on attracting women -- recent activities include engaging the company's women-focused business partnering group to understand root causes and generate ideas, reviewing current recruiting methods and advertising to ensure materials are free of gender bias, and investigating strategic partnerships
  • Additionally, TMMC participates in the annual Toyota North American Women's Conference, which helps create networking opportunities and eliminate barriers for female employees across the country -- the company also created a mentorship program to increase engagement and improve advancement opportunities for women
TMMC's Women Influencing and Impacting Toyota (WIIT) group join women at YWCA's Small Steps to Success program, which includes mock interviews, feedback and discussing women in manufacturing
"TMMC's diversity initiatives have encouraged me to embrace my unique strengths by fostering inclusion, as well as diversity. TMMC provides parity in pay, benefits and promotion and has provided equal opportunity for continuing education and training." Tammy R., Team Leader, South Assembly


Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,620
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Regional Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Formal commitment executive diversity leadership council, diversity advisory council, department diversity council
Employee resource groups ERGs are referred to as Business Partnering Groups (BPGs), BPGs include Women Impacting and Influencing Toyota, Multicultural Outlook Shaping an Inclusive Canada (MOSAIC, visible minorities), Spectrum (LGBT+), and Young Professionals
Diversity training and awareness training on unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion (also available in Japanese), and human rights
Diversity highlights mentoring program for women, annual Toyota North American Women's Conference, currently developing a formal Minority Sourcing Program, Diversity Month celebrations in November, dedicated site for diversity and inclusion
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Woodstock District Developmental Services (participates in the JobLinks program to employ developmentally delayed adult workers)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • TMMC employees and their families initiated an onsite tree-planting nursery at the Cambridge facility in 2009, and planted hundreds of trees at the Woodstock site -- employees also planted a large pollinator garden to provide habitat for species such as butterflies and bees (onsite beehive produced over 18kg of honey last year), and installed bird boxes and bat boxes to provide additional habitat -- the company received recognition from the Wildlife Habitat Council for its efforts at both locations
  • TMMC employees can compete in the annual Environmental Kaizen Awards -- first hosted in 2008, the top three local teams move on to compete against others in North America -- TMMC kaizens place in the top three every year since the competition's inception
TMMC employees participating in the company's community support program at the Grand River Conservation Authority


Industry Automobile Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON
Full-time employees in Canada 8,620
Employee green team Environmental Engineering Department (comprised of Environmental Engineering specialists who work with representatives from each manufacturing area)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Environmental Director
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System
Green highlights Environmental Kaizen Awards (improvement activities), winning local teams moving on to compete against other teams in North America (TMMC has placed in the top three every year since 2008), formal environmental suggestion program, Energy Management Organization team (new initiative to lead programs to optimize energy use and reduce emissions), corporate environmental policy called ECO PAK which promotes environmental awareness and ensures compliance with all local, provincial and federal regulations, Enviro Update (annual environmental newsletter), Green Pledge program (encourages employees to share how they will help the environment in the year ahead), Cambridge facility began manufacturing the hybrid Lexus RX 450h in 2014 while the parent company focused on the long-term development of low- and zero-emission vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles
Extended recycling e-waste, organics, returnable packaging used for 99% of North American sourced parts (set a zero waste goal back in 2004 with approximately 96% of all waste recycled today)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Grand River Conservation Authority, Upper Thames Rivers Conservation Authority, Shade Mills Conservation Centre (featuring the Toyota Nature Centre and Toyota Nature Trails), Oxford County Children's Water Festival, Earth Day (known as "Earth Month", includes a variety of environmentally-themed activities at the company and in the community), Earth Hour, Adopt-a-Road, Wildlife Habitat Council (received recognition for its comprehensive wildlife management plan)
Building footprint includes electric vehicle charging stations, onsite organic charity garden (the TMMC Giving Gardens), 1.7 acre bee pollinator gardens and numerous bird boxes at the Woodstock and Cambridge facilities, new "Combined Heat and Power co-generation facility produces electricity using a heat recovery steam generator (produces enough electricity to power 7,000 homes), new LED lighting conversions and daylight occupancy sensors

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