YMCA of Greater Toronto
YMCA of Greater Toronto employees   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • 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 25 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 take advantage of onsite daycare when they are ready to return to work
  • 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
  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, YMCA of Greater Toronto encourages employees to think ahead with retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options
YMCA of Greater Toronto employees working in the organization's gym programs  

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Established in Canada 1853
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,733
Part-time employees in Canada 2,956
Average age of employees in Canada 36 years
Longest serving employee 41 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
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto offers young people opportunities to volunteer on the Youth Portfolio Task Force to help review the organization's strategic plan and make recommendations about priorities regarding young staff, volunteers and young participants of YMCA's programs
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto manages a Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program which allows young staff advisors to help provide leadership and support to newcomer youth -- the Youth Advisor position involves a significant mentorship aspect and allows young employees to build their experience as mentors and leaders
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto employees may apply for the Donald Lawson Leadership Scholarship, a leadership program to help cultivate high-potential employees -- program participants have access to the organization's career planning and development program and receive tuition assistance -- since the program's inception in 2016, YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided $30,000 in tuition fees for employees preparing for leadership opportunities
Employees of the YMCA of Greater Toronto's Newcomer Information Centre   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,733
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
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 national summer work student exchange program to help young people improve their official second language skills, Youth Job Connection Program to tackle youth unemployment, manages an alternative high school called YMCA Academy for students with learning disabilities, Youth Advisory Committee comprised of young volunteers who provide advice to the organization's Board of Directors and senior staff

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

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

  • 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 series and workshops -- additionally, YMCA's Sprott House was chosen to serve as one of Canada's first LGBTQ transitional housing programs, providing refuge to Toronto's LGBTQ homeless youth
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto shares vacancies with ethnic newspapers and websites to help ensure diverse groups of applicants have access to job postings -- and includes a diverse panel of interviewees during the recruitment process for all Vice President roles, including younger staff members
Employees of the YMCA of Greater Toronto helping newcomers start their new lives in Canada   (Photo credit: Joseph Howarth)
"YMCA's diversity and social inclusion makes me more powerful at my job! It equips me with ideas from different perspectives. There were many instances when I was trying to solve a work issue and I had to ask from others for their advice. Having colleagues from many different backgrounds, cultures and religions to consult with, provides me with invaluable solutions. Moreover, I, myself, feel comfortable and included at work." Sahar D., employee

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,733
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
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and social inclusion plan
Diversity training and awareness mental health workshop (offered in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association)
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), Newcomer Youth Leadership Development initiative (skills development program for new Canadian youth), International Youth Summit
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Pride Toronto, Access Alliance, Rainbow Health Network, The 519 (community centre), COSTI Immigrant Services, March of Dimes (recruitment of persons with disabilities)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

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

  • 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, heat recovery systems, and rooftop solar panels -- as a result, the organization has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from its 2008 baseline year
  • Along with the addition of green roofs to its urban locations (including the city largest publicly accessible green roof at the downtown facility), YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a 1.6 hectare property at the YMCA Cedar Glen location, which includes nearly one hectare that is certified organic -- the organic farm features a new greenhouse constructed from mostly recycled and reused materials, and produce is used directly by food services
Staff from the YMCA of Greater Toronto taking the kids for a summer canoe adventure  

Highlights

Industry Individual and Family Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,733
Employee green team Green Team (10 teams with over 100 volunteers)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives SVP of Property Management
Formal strategy/policy name Strategic Plan 2010 - 2020 (includes formal green commitments)
Green highlights YMCA Blog: Going Green (dedicated to its green initiatives), 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, ongoing program to naturalize urban playgrounds, 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), maintains urban farming sites at other GTA locations including rooftop and balcony gardens, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% against the baseline 2008 year
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries (over 5.5 tonnes 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 Live Green Toronto (City of Toronto program), Sheridan College (students perform energy audits), University of Toronto (post-graduate students involved in urban agriculture and rooftop gardening initiatives
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, pool covers, high efficiency boilers, lighting retrofits, uses eco-friendly cleaning products (all EcoLogo Certified), 7 electric vehicle charging stations (includes solar power component), recent lobby renovation includes use of materials made from recycled tires, 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

Academic fields recruited


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