University of Toronto
University College Lit Red for World AIDS Day   (Photo credit: University of Toronto)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

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

  • 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 a dedicated Family Care Office
  • 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 extends to retirees (with no age limit) -- 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 organizes a number of events throughout the year to engage students, staff and faculty across each of its campuses, including a Mac'n Cheese Smackdown, to showcase the talents of campus chefs, an annual Awards of Excellence ceremony, and a Rainbow Tie Gala hosted at the university's Scarborough campus to celebrate the diversity of the community's gender and sexual identities
U of T employees with 40 years of service celebrating at the long-service recognition event

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 9,574
Part-time employees in Canada 12,063
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 46.7 years
Longest serving employee 61 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, 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 a variety of restaurants along Bloor Street and in the Annex), workplace also features telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, 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, onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, a variety of food options from cafeterias to pubs to food trucks on campus which feature vegan, kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal options
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, 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, Hart House Winter Buffet, first annual Chowder Throwdown, Lunar New Year Celebration, Mac'n Cheese Smackdown (to showcase the talents of campus chefs), Rainbow Tie Gala (Scarborough campus, to celebrate the diversity of the community's gender and sexual identities)
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 TTC Metropass, discounted cell phone plans, WorkPerks @ Work Program, which provides discounts on hundreds of products and services including dining, clothing, footwear, electronics and travel

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)
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 of 2 weeks), maternity top-up is 20 weeks for faculty, parental top-up is 30 weeks for adoptive, 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 childcare expenses for children under the age of 7 (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: 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 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 5 months
Additional time-off information some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation, depending on their position

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), new "True Blue" recognition program to recognize employees who accomplish personal and institutional goals and mentor colleagues, Arbor Awards, Chancellor's Award for administrative staff, teaching and research awards, staff impact awards, Excellence Through Innovation Award to recognize outstanding contributions towards strategic objectives
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 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 Rose Patten Leadership Program, Professional Development Conference Fund for research associates and professionals

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, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, CIBC Run for the Cure
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight In the past year, the University raised over $600,000 for the annual United Way fundraising campaign, with funds going directly to the charity and its 220 partner agencies including the Alzheimer Society of York Region and Rexdale Women's Centre.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

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

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

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
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 benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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