University of Toronto
A view of U of T's Trinity College quad   (Photo credit: Klara Vanzella Yang)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • U of T encourages employees to save for the future with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers health benefits coverage that extend to retirees (with no age limit and 75% premium coverage) -- additionally, the organization maintains a Senior College Centre to provide retired academics and librarians with space to meet and discuss topics of shared interest
  • U of T implemented a number of transit initiatives and partnerships to help address traffic congestion in Canada's largest city, including operating a tri-campus shuttle bus services, carpooling and car sharing programs, supporting the "Bikechain" not-for-profit cycling organization, ongoing efforts to green its fleet, and supporting Bike Month, Smart Commute and the City of Mississauga's Cycling Advisory Committee
  • U of T supports families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (available to mothers, fathers and adoptive parents) and provides workshops, discussion groups and access to wide range of resources through the dedicated Family Care Office -- and has multiple onsite daycare options available to employees
Staff and students inside a library at U of T Scarborough  

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1827
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,809
Part-time employees in Canada 10,354
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11%
Average age of employees in Canada 46.8 years
Longest serving employee 62 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features largest library system in Canada (with 40 libraries), the university's two suburban campuses are situated in ravine parkland settings offering students and employees easy access to beautiful walking paths and quiet spaces, while the centrally located St. George campus features some of the city's most recognized historic buildings alongside state-of-the-art research facilities, and some of the downtown's best open spaces, including King's College Circle, Queen's Park and Philosopher's Walk, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals, onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, a variety of food options from cafeterias to pubs to food trucks on campus that feature vegan, kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free, halal and many other options
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, Cross-Fit, cycle fit), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, multiple fitness facilities across all three campuses (including the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre constructed for the recent Pan Am Games), indoor running tracks, squash courts, swimming pools, all-season field house(s) and the historic Varsity skating rink
Other nearby amenities Hart House and Athletic Centre, fitness club, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Queen's Park, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name social committees across the University
Recent social events Faculty and Staff Mix 'n Mingle event, employee appreciation events, variety of food-centred events (such as the Chowder Throwdown, Mac'n Cheese Smackdown, summer farmers' market, and the Indigenous Week Lunch, to name a few), Green Gala (to celebrate sustainability on campus), Rainbow Tie Gala (to celebrate the diversity of the community's gender and sexual identities), library staff dragon boat racing team, Pride Pub, and many more
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note University of Toronto 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
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, discounted home and auto insurance, discounted cell phone plans, WorkPerks @ Work Program, which provides discounts on hundreds of products and services including dining, clothing, footwear, electronics and travel, matching RSP contribution program for sessional contractual teachers

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note University of Toronto 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 9 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
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, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information some employee groups have a health care spending account (from $650 for single coverage to $1,550 for extended family plans), annual "Celebrate It" Healthy Workplace Month (features educational sessions that address a range subject areas)
Family-friendly benefits note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite, emergency short-term daycare
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information faculty receive 20 weeks for maternity leave top-up and 30 weeks for parental top-up (for adoptive parents), Family Care Office (supports numerous family care initiatives, from infant to eldercare support), March break and summer break "Camp UofT" program for children and youth, specialized kids camps sponsored by various faculties (from computer coding to physical fitness camps), babysitting listing service (casual care service provided by U of T students/partners available to employees, faculty and student parents), reimbursement of childcare expenses for children under the age of 7 (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year), undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents (at U of T and other institutions)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note University of Toronto 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 9 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information varying by employee group, some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation

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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Early Career Teaching Awards (4 annual awards available for new faculty, up to $3,000 each), the Excellence Through Innovation Award (for administrative staff, new "True Blue" recognition program to recognize employees who accomplish personal and institutional goals and mentor colleagues, President's Teaching Awards, President's Impact Awards and President's Impact Academy, and many other faculty and staff awards

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, 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
Unique training & development programs numerous faculty and departmental-specific training and development plans, subject-specific training (from environmental sustainability to diversity and inclusion training workshops)

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Hammer Heads, CIBC Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health's One Brave Night awareness event, Think Pink #BleedBlue (breast cancer health awareness program in partnership with the Varsity Blues games), Doors Open Toronto, Jane Goodall Earth Day Celebration

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

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

  • U of T's human resources and equity division created a diversity internship program for HR graduates who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized or having a disability
  • Now in its third year, U of T's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering hosts an annual Young Women in Engineering Symposium, bringing together high-achieving high school students for a day of hands-on workshops, talks and discussion panels to encourage young women to choose engineering as a field of study
  • U of T maintains the Ludwick and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize to recognize positive, long-term contributions to education and action against discrimination -- the award is presented to faculty, staff or students who support equity and diversity
  • U of T is establishing a new bursary program for at-risk students and scholars with the goal of raising $1 million and creating up to 100 bursaries to be dispersed over the next 10 years -- bursaries will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who have obtained refugee status in Canada
U of T kicks off Toronto Pride Month with a Pride Pub event on campus   (Photo credit: Yannick Anton)


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,574
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President of Human Resources & Equity
Formal commitment maintains over 10 offices dedicated to issues of equity and diversity including the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, First Nations House, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO), and an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Office (AODA), to name a few
Employee resource groups Black Faculty Working Groups, Connections and Conversations affinity group for racialized staff and their supporters, Queer U of T Employees
Diversity training and awareness training available on a variety of topics including accessibility, anti-discrimination and anti-bias (mandatory), unconscious bias, diversity and equity in practice, gender identity and gender expression
Diversity highlights 7th annual Rainbow Tie Gala to honour Positive Space, monthly Gender Talk conversation cafes for trans+ community members, participated in Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day, job fair for Indigenous candidates at U of T's First Nations House, OISE project called Deepening Knowledge to infuse Aboriginal peoples' histories, knowledges and pedagogies into all levels of education in Canada, 4th annual Mindfest mental health fair, mentoring for UTM students to meet female professors in STEM disciplines, diversity mentorship program to match undergraduate medical students from equity-seeking groups with faculty members, summer mentorship for high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry to explore health sciences, Queer Orientation (10th anniversary, hosted by SGDO)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Innovate U (STEM awareness for youth), Hammer Heads (skills and employment training for at-risk youth), Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians), Prince's Charities Canada (Indigenous Career Market for help youth become job-ready)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

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

  • Employees organize numerous initiatives across U of T to create greater food sourcing and production awareness, including cultivating new partnerships with local chefs, farmers and food producers through the Field to Fork and Local Food Plus programs as well as supporting Veggie Mondays -- all three campuses are designated (or in the process of becoming) Fair Trade Campuses
  • U of T's varying building footprint offers an incredible window into the buildings of tomorrow -- across the University, there are numerous new and renovated buildings (as well as in the planning stages) that showcase the latest in green building and design, such as geothermal heating and cooling systems, green and reflective white roofs, rooftop gardens, wind and solar power generation, LED lighting systems, solar hot water heating and rainwater collection systems
  • U of T's many initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle helped in the achievement of impressive waste diversion rates that include the collection of everything from batteries to organics to asphalt and concrete to discarded laboratory glass and plastics -- the University received "Gold" status through the Recycling Council of Ontario's 3R Certification program
U of T employees in front of newly installed solar panels on the campus roof  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,574
Employee green team Sustainability Offices (UTSC and St. George campuses) and the Environmental Affairs Office (UTM) coordinate with a Tri-Campus Sustainability Board, Green Ambassador Network (open to all employees), a number of environmentally-focused student groups
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Operations Officer, Property Services & Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name University Environmental Protection Policy (first developed in 1994)
Green highlights The FreeStore (collects everything students leave behind for reuse or proper recycling), Food Services "Lug-A-Mug", the "Eco-Tray" and "Eco-Takeout Container" initiatives encourage use of returnable and reusable take-out food containers, Ban the Bottle (student-led initiative introduced in 2011 to stop the sale of bottled water on campus, has lead to the installation of new water filling stations), "It's Greener Here" Pledge (over 3,200 people have committed to building a greener culture), Local Food Challenge, Veggie Mondays (food services provides a 10% discount on vegetarian meals), numerous sustainability-focused programs and courses across all faculties, from forestry to engineering to business administration
Extended recycling batteries, light bulbs, organic composting available across campus, construction and demolition materials, laboratory glass and plastics (the University received "Gold" status through the Recycling Council of Ontario's 3R Certification program)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Ontario Universities Committed to a Greener World (signatory to the sustainability pledge), Bikechain (based on the St. George campus, the not-for-profit cycling organization supports both U of T and the city's large cycling community), Bike Month, Field to Fork, Local Food Plus, Smart Commute, City of Mississauga's Cycling Advisory Committee, Evergreen Canada, Credit Valley Conservation, Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, Fair Trade Campus (UTSC and UTM are fair trade designated campuses, St. George is in the process of applying)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, tri-campus shuttle bus services, carpooling and car sharing programs (Zipcar and Car2Go), public use bike repair stand and pump, ongoing greening the fleet program (includes use of bicycles), LED lighting retrofits and occupancy sensors, rooftop garden, sustainable roofing standard (use of long-lasting lightweight concrete), use of Green Seal Certified cleaning products in all facilities, water conservation fixtures and smart-irrigation systems

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