YMCA of Greater Toronto
A YMCA of Greater Toronto staff member on the green roof of the Cooper Koo Family Centre, which includes an outdoor walking path as well as space for classes and workshops   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, providing maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers, including adoptive parents, (to 80% of salary for 26 weeks) as well as a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (to $5,000) -- additionally, employees may extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence and can take advantage of onsite daycare when they are ready to return to work
  • Along with a variety of alternative working arrangements, YMCA of Greater Toronto helps employees maintain a healthy work-life balance with up to 5 paid personal days off, which can be scheduled at employees' discretion
  • Employees working at YMCA of Greater Toronto's main location have free access to the organization's fitness facilities, which include squash courts, indoor and outdoor running tracks, and a variety of exercise equipment
YMCA of Greater Toronto staff at the Vanauley Street location, a diverse and trans-positive space that provides support services and emergency shelter to homeless, street-involved and at-risk youth   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Established in Canada 1853
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,833
Part-time employees in Canada 3,037
Average age of employees in Canada 36 years
Longest serving employee 42 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto employees may apply for the Donald Lawson Leadership Scholarship, a leadership program to help cultivate high-potential employees -- participants have access to the organization's career planning and development program and receive tuition assistance, with approximately $50,000 in tuition fees provided since the program's inception in 2016
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto established a Youth Advisory Committee in 2010 to provide young people with opportunities to voice their opinions about the governance of the organization
  • Through YMCA of Greater Toronto's Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program, young staff advisors can provide leadership and support to newcomer youth -- advisor positions involve significant mentorship, allowing younger employees to build their experience as mentors and leaders
Participants in YMCA of Greater Toronto's Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,833
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Career Boost program to hire recent graduates (partnership with Ryerson University), Youth Job Connection Program for individuals who experience multiple barriers to employment (includes paid workshops to help prepare participants for employment, a paid placement, coaching and networking opportunities), manages an alternative high school called YMCA Academy for students with learning disabilities, various youth leadership programs

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a diversity and social inclusion plan which encompasses 11 dimensions of diversity: gender, age, class, sex, sexual orientation, image, religion, faith and spiritual belief(s), ethnicity, race, physical and mental abilities, and opinion
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto manages a PRIDE Initiative, which focuses on consciousness-raising activities throughout the GTA, including speaker sessions, presentations and workshops
Employees from the YMCA of Greater Toronto's 'Next Stop Canada' program, which provides support for newcomers starting their lives in Canada  
"I came to Canada in September 2008 from Nepal and seven months after my move, I started working at the Y. Being in Toronto was like a being a citizen of the world to me, because I was interacting and meeting with people from around the world every day in my role. I have never lived in a multicultural city like Toronto, so I had my biases and fears, but after joining the Y, I learned to appreciate differences and my fear of the unknown changed into an open curiosity.  At the Y, I feel that I am valued for the difference that I bring. In my day to day work, I try to understand people who come with biases, and I share the message that we can learn to be socially inclusive at any stage of our life.  Even though people come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds, the Y is a place we can come together and connect as human beings." Sarita B., ?Outreach and Community Relations Coordinator

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,833
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Employee resource groups employee resource groups are based on staff interest and differ from location to location, groups include Peace by Piece committees and groups to plan cultural and diversity celebrations such as Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Vaisakhi and Diwali
Diversity training and awareness guidelines for diverse recruitment and selection, training on mental health and well-being, Black History Month lunch and learn series, Indigenous cultural competency training and a learning forum on Indigenous communities
Diversity highlights YMCA Academy (alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences), founding partner of The Black Experience Project (research-based initiative focusing on the Black community's contributions and opportunities, challenges and barriers, and factors leading to success), Black Experience Project committee to help ensure current programs and services meet the needs of the Black community, senior leaders have diversity and social inclusion goals as part of their performance appraisal
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships March of Dimes (recruitment of persons with disabilities), Pride Toronto, Access Alliance, Rainbow Health Network, Canadian Mental Health Association (workshop on mental health and wellness), Metro Hall Hospitality Training Program (supports lower-income individuals in gaining hospitality skills, participants use acquired skills to support the Second Harvest food rescue program and provide over 10,000 meals a month for YMCA shelters)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Along with the addition of green roofs to its urban locations (including one of the city's largest publicly accessible green roofs at the downtown facility), YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a 1.6 hectare property at the YMCA Cedar Glen location, which includes a large certified organic garden -- the garden farming operation offers employees (and members) the chance to purchase produce through a weekly basket or directly at two city locations between June and October
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto has made a number of significant changes across its properties to help offset and save energy in its day-to-day operations including a solar hot water system at its central location, energy saving lighting retrofits, building automation systems, heat recovery systems, and even rooftop solar panels -- as a result, the organization has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 40 per cent from its 2008 baseline year
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto has cultivated numerous community partnerships to help it address habitat improvement across its urban and rural locations, including working with Urban Beekeepers to establish and manage bee hives and partnering with Ontario Streams to help rehabilitate Cold Creek, which runs through its Cedar Glen property, as well as urban initiatives such as working with Evergreen to naturalize playgrounds
Camp staff at YMCA of Greater Toronto   (Photo credit: Joesph Howarth)

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,833
Employee green team Green Team (est. 2008, has grown to 10 teams comprised of employees and members)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives SVP of Property Management
Formal strategy/policy name Strategic Plan 2010 - 2020 (includes a dedicated Green Fund as part of its formal green strategy, which focuses on enhancing natural spaces, fresh water reduction and reduced carbon dioxide emission strategies)
Green highlights YMCA Green Festival, Green Leaders (awareness training program hosted twice a year for employees and guests), tree planing initiatives at YMCA camp properties, in partnership with the Ontario Camping Association, 1.6 hectare property at YMCA Cedar Glen location which includes nearly one hectare that is certified organic (site features a new greenhouse made mostly from recycled and reused materials, produce from the greenhouse is used in the kitchen and members can purchase shares and receive a weekly basket for pick-up and/or purchase at downtown locations between June and October), maintains urban farming sites at other GTA locations including rooftop and balcony gardens
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries (over 11,000kg recycled since 2011), ink cartridges, cellphones, furniture and fixture reuse initiatives, hazardous materials, organic vermicomposting (demonstration program for children and students), biodegradable utensils
Commuter amenities 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 Urban Beekeepers (partnership to introduce and manage bee hives at Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre property), Ontario Streams (rehabilitation initiative at the Cedar Glen), Live Green Toronto (City of Toronto program), Sheridan College (students perform energy audits), Humber College (forest management partnership), University of Western Ontario (partnership with graduate-level students to study organic farming and alternative energy), University of Toronto (post-graduate students involved in urban agriculture and rooftop gardening initiatives), Evergreen (program to naturalize playgrounds)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, solar water heating, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, heat recovery from air and water, electric tap equipment (reduces line voltage and saves electricity coming into buildings), pool covers, high efficiency boilers, lighting retrofits, building automation systems, uses eco-friendly cleaning products (all EcoLogo Certified), seven electric vehicle charging stations (partnership with Opus One Energy, includes solar power component), recent lobby renovation includes use of materials made from recycled tires, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent against the baseline 2008 year, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

YMCA of Greater Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
YMCA of Greater Toronto employees in the camping and outdoor education program

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Individual and family services
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Student opportunities 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 Registered Early Childhood Educator, Youth Worker, Youth Job Specialist, Youth Advisor, Yoga Instructor, Team Leader, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Senior Outdoor Educator, Sales Representative, Personal Trainer, Newcomer Youth Advisor, Newcomer Information Referral Specialist, Job Skills Counsellor, Job Developer, Instructor, Swim Lessons, Health and Fitness Programs Specialist, Early Childhood Assistant, Early Learning Facilitator, Contact Centre Associate
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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