University of Toronto
U of T's University College lit red for World AIDS Day   (Photo credit: University of Toronto)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • U of T supports families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, available to mothers, fathers and adoptive parents, and also provides workshops, discussion groups and access to wide range of resources through the university's dedicated "Family Care Office" -- families with older children may also be eligible for a 100% tuition waiver if attending undergraduate studies at U of T
  • U of T encourages employees to save for the future with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance as well as phased-in work options -- also supports retiring academic personnel through the Senior College Centre, which helps retirees continue their research and professional activities
  • In recognition of its historic and important role in the development of Canada's largest urban region, the University's long-term "Towards 2030 Plan" incorporates a strategy to work closely with local public, private and non-profit organizations to plan and help make the region "a better place in which to live, work and prosper"
U of T employees with 40 years of service celebrating at the long service recognition event

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,286
Part-time employees in Canada 11,652
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 47
Longest serving employee 60 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's 2 suburban campuses are situated in a parkland, allowing employees to enjoy a natural environment, St. George campus features architecturally historic buildings alongside state-of-the-art research facilities and some of the city's best open spaces on campus, including King's College Circle, Queen's Park and Philosopher's Walk (as well as steps away from an incredible variety of restaurants along Bloor Street and in the Annex), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, pool table, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, a variety of food options, from cafeterias to pubs to food trucks on campus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, Crossfit, Cycle Fit), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, indoor running track, squash courts, swimming pool, the historic Varsity skating rink
Other nearby amenities Hart House and Athletic Centre, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Queen's Park, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name social committees across the University
Recent social events university-wide employee recognition event, retiree celebrations, annual barbecue (Scarborough campus), That's a Wrap end-of-year holiday gathering (Scarborough campus)
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
Other in-house communications town hall meetings, advisory reports

Financial Benefits & Compensation 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, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, low-interest home loans, discounted TTC Metropass, discounted internet service, computers, software, and smartphone plans, discounted home and auto insurance, WorkPerks @ Work Program, which provides discounts on hundreds of products and services including dining, clothing, footwear, electronics and travel

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits 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
Additional coverage 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)
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 compassionate care leave payments (to EI equivalent for 2 weeks), Family Care Office, work-life programs on topics such as work-life balance and stress management, tuition waiver for dependents to 100% for some employees, reimbursement of child care expenses for children under the age of 7 (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

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 10 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 5 months
Additional time-off information some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation, depending on their position

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

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, Excellence Through Innovation Award to recognize outstanding contributions towards strategic objectives, Chancellor's Award for outstanding service, teaching and research awards, staff impact awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs Rose Patten Leadership Program

Community Involvement 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 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, CIBC Run for the Cure (Toronto and Mississauga), Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Lifeline Syria Challenge, United Way (employees raised over $660,000 in the past year)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of the University's long-term Towards 2030 Plan, the company's long-term community plan includes a focus of the University to take advantage of its 3 campus locations in "one of the world's most vibrant, culturally diverse and economically dynamic regions" and work with local groups (public, private and non-profit) to make the region "a better place in which to live, work and prosper".

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

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

  • U of T maintains over 10 offices dedicated to issues of equity and diversity including the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, the First Nations House, a Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO), and an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Office (AODA), to name a few
  • In collaboration with other offices, U of T's AODA Office hosted its first "Accessibil-UT: Showcasing Accessibility Technology from U of T" event to celebrate innovation and showcase how new technologies can promote greater independence
  • U of T's human resources and equity division created a new diversity internship program for HR graduates who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized or having a disability -- up to three 12-month internships are available each year in divisional HR offices or departments across the university
  • 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 vice president and provost Cheryl Regehr, right, gives pins to new citizens at the first swearing-in ceremony in the Convocation Hall in downtown Toronto
"Today more than ever before, it is important to connect with the mosaic of communities around us. Connection, to me, can only be achieved when you take time to cultivate a conversation, when you take interest in someone else's life and goals and motivations. The group Connections and Conversations aims at creating safe spaces for 'community' to happen, to work together towards bigger and better goals that will support not just my immediate community but society. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to contribute, to feel inspired and to meet other wonderful people committed to continue to improve the University." Nora Lozano, Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of Human Resources & Equity

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,286
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, the First Nations House, a Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO), and an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Office (AODA), to name a few
Employee resource groups Queer U of T Employees, Queer and Faith Support Group (explores intersections of gender identities, sexual orientations, faiths, religions, theologies and spiritual practices), Connections and Conversations for racialized staff and supporters
Diversity training and awareness training on accessibility, implicit bias, diversity and equity
Diversity highlights recently hosted its first ever swearing-in ceremony at Convocation Hall for new Canadian citizens, Convo Cafés hosted by UTM for students to engage in dialogue about equity, human rights and social justice, Positive Space campaign, 6th annual Rainbow Tie Gala to honour Positive Space (hosted by UTSC, 600 attendees), annual U of T Pride Pub, 6th annual Lead with Pride Conference hosted by the VicPride! LGBTQ student organization and SGDO, The Change Room Project (exhibition featuring LGBTQ students discussing their experiences in locker rooms and recreation facilities), Indigenous Education Week, First Nations house hosts orientation for new students annually, SOAR program to help Indigenous teens experience life as a U of T student (operated by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Workplace Essentials Skills Partnership (persons with disabilities)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

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

  • Across Canada's largest university, U of T boasts numerous environmentally-focused student groups which cover a range of green subject areas, advocacy programs such as the "Green Ideas" program to engage students and employees, and numerous environmental courses and programs across its many faculties -- the University employs over 400 researchers in various areas of environment and sustainability across the campus
  • U of T's many initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle helped it achieve an impressive waste diversion rate of over 70 percent, which includes the capture of everything from batteries to organics to asphalt and concrete to discarded laboratory glass and plastics -- along with its many initiatives, a group of capable volunteers hosted the unique "Repair Café Toronto" in the past year, inviting students and employees to bring their broken stuff for repair in order to counter the "throwaway" mindset
  • 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 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
University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research features a living bamboo garden frequently used as a retreat from busy campus life by employees and students alike   (Photo credit: Strategic Communications & Marketing)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,286
Employee green team Sustainability Offices at all three campuses which coordinate with a Tri-Campus Sustainability Board, Green Ambassador Network, a number of student-led groups across the university
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 Bikechain (not-for-profit bike shop for the University's large cycling community), Swap Shop (drop-off and shop for used furniture and equipment), The FreeStore (collects everything students leave behind for reuse or proper recycling), Repair Café Toronto (unique event where volunteers help repair broken "stuff" to counter the "throwaway mindset"), Food Services "Eco-Tray" returnable and reusable take-out food containers, Ban the Bottle (student-led initiative to stop the sale of bottled water on campus, has lead to the installation of new water filling stations), Fair Trade Committee (the UTSC campus recently became a fair trade designated campus), Local Food Challenge, numerous environmental courses and programs across faculties such as the School of the Environment, The Institute for Sustainable Energy, and the Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems (over 400 researchers are working in some area of environment and sustainability across the university)
Extended recycling batteries, light bulbs, organic composting available across campus, construction and demolition materials, laboratory glass and plastics (the University achieved a waste diversion rate of 70 percent)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
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), Smart Commute, City of Mississauga's Cycling Advisory Committee, Evergreen Canada, The Riverwood Conservancy, Canadian Green Building Council
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, car sharing programs (Zipcar and Car2Go), public use bike repair stand and pump, ongoing greening the fleet program, LED lighting retrofits and occupancy sensors, rooftop garden, adopted a sustainable roofing standard (use of long-lasting lightweight concrete), use of Green Seal Certified cleaning products in all facilities, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

University of Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
University of Toronto employees and students taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,167
Part-time employees in Canada 11,531
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Web Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Financial Assistant, Human Resources Assistant, Student Services Assistant
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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