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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2020) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2020) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • Along with the firm's "Thanks" recognition program, KPMG launched an additional points-based recognition program, allowing leadership to recognize employees for going above and beyond -- recognitions are featured on a live newsfeed and point values can be redeemed for cash, RRSP, or TFSA contributions
  • KPMG continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion, recently providing formal education on anti-Black racism and conducting a review of its current talent processes to better understand and remove any biases and barriers in place for advancement
  • KPMG offers new parents-to-be a generous adoption subsidy (to $20,000) and supports new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) -- the firm also maintains a Working Parents Network to bring together parents with young children and recently launched a Special Family & Friends Network to support parents of children with special physical, emotional or behavioural needs
A team of KPMG employees Climb the CN Tower in Toronto, ON in support of a charitable organization  

Employer Background

Industry Accounting
Established in Canada 1840
Parent company KPMG International
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 8,399
Part-time employees in Canada 199
Full-time employees worldwide 219,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.23%
Average age of employees in Canada 35.52 years
Longest serving employee 47.1 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response regular firm-wide announcements from the CEO with current updates, resources and support, dedicated COVID-19 employee portal, creation of people-led support networks to help ensure employees stay connected (Home Alone Network, Kids Network to provide virtual summer camps), introduced a "home workspace account" to assist employees with the purchase of furniture and equipment required to perform work remotely, Health@Work program with sessions focused on physical, mental and financial well-being

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features Toronto head office building was constructed to meet LEED Gold standards (producing 40% more energy savings than comparable buildings) and employees were consulted on many of the interior design features, the location offers all-weather access to the city's underground PATH network and subway system, indoor bike parking (with room for 100 bicycles as well as an air pump, lockers, shower facilities and towel service available for commuters), Halo Room that enables employees to connect in real time, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, pool table, main lounge area is the "KPMG Kafe," with seating for 80 individuals and great views of the surrounding city
Snacks available free fruit and healthy snacks at the cafeteria, granola bars, trail mix, cookies
Other nearby amenities YMCA, University Settlement Recreation Centre, unique glass walkways and street vendors, urban plaza area across the street (Cloud Gardens Park), most of the city's major sports and entertainment venues are within walking distance including Rogers Centre, Meridian Hall, Royal Alexandra Theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name social committees at each office across Canada
Past social events in 2019, the firm hosted a special event in honour of 150 years in Canada, featuring 3 exhibits that showcased KPMG through the years, employee stories, and portraits of current and former KPMG employees, additionally, employees enjoy a number of formal and informal events at offices across the country, including staff and family barbecues, an annual Calgary Stampede party, end of tax season and CPA final exam celebrations, numerous volunteer fundraising events as well as a wide range of sports teams and activities to suit everyone's tastes
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications KPMG Today/KPMG Aujourd'hui, an online communication portal that features firm-wide news, as well as sub-sections for regional and departmental news, town halls across the country with senior leadership

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $4,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits profit-sharing plan available to some employees, relocation support services for new hires and current employees within or moving to Canada

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan note KPMG has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Paid sick days employees receive 6 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Additional health plan information flexible benefits plan allows employees to allocate dollars toward medical, drug or dental premiums, a lifestyle spending account (covers everything from home fitness equipment, meditation classes, nutritionist services, and even meal delivery), a health spending account, group RRSP, or tax-free savings account, benefits plan also includes gender affirmation benefit ($10,000 lifetime maximum)
Wellness initiatives Wellbeing@KPMG portal to provide resources to support physical, mental and financial well-being, internal mental health portal, year-round access to a mental wellness, health and nutrition concierge as part of the firm's digital benefits platform (offers support for general health, mental wellness, and holistic therapy, nutrition and medication inquiries), employees can receive redeemable points for participation in health and wellness programs
Family-friendly benefits note KPMG has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $6,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $20,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information extensive parental leave support program (coaching calls before, during and after leave, resources on daycare options, other supports and flex work options, buddy program for prospective parents), Working Parents Network, Special Family & Friends Network (provides support and connections for parents, family and friends of individual with special needs), personal care days (up to 5 days of paid time off for unplanned or urgent personal matters)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 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 2 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information additional vacation purchase program for both full- and part-time employees (purchased through payroll deductions in 1-week increments), sabbatical leave program (may be used for everything from pursuing personal interests to education to spending more time with family), Personal Care program (up to 5 paid days off annually to attend to personal matters such as family emergencies, bereavement, and other issues that require time away from work)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Spotlight rewards program (employees can nominate their colleague for exceptional performance, with rewards up to $1,500), Thanks program (allows employees to send electronic thank-you cards for day-to-day achievements, also includes points that can be accumulated for higher value awards), Above and Beyond recognition (senior managers award points that are redeemable for cash, RRSP or TFSA contributions)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs national onboarding program, CPA training program (includes a national CPA training team), extensive KPMG Business School learning management system with a mix of delivery formats (in-person classroom, virtual classroom, online refresher courses, self-paced e-learning, micro learning, and web-based materials), local and international secondments to provide work experience in other roles, 3 to 6-month international placement program through the Tax Trek Global Mobility Program, annual 3-day manager conference for newly appointed management personnel

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 39,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way Greater Toronto (raised over $3.3-million last year), Ride to Conquer Cancer, Food Banks Canada, Prince’s Trust Canada, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, SEED Edmonton, READ Saskatoon, Movember
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The firm encourages employee volunteerism through its KPMG Impact strategy, which focuses on 3 key components: the community engagement of KPMG employees; strategic engagement of the firm in its respective communities; and minimizing the environmental footprint of its operations. Through the unique KPMG Impact Awards program, employee volunteer efforts are recognized with financial donations to the community organization of their choosing (50 awards presented annually).

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2020):

  • The KPMG Innovation and Collaboration Challenge invites students to compete at four of the firm's national offices to solve challenges -- winning teams from each office are flown to Toronto for networking, innovation sessions, and a chance to present their solution to a panel of the firm's leadership -- the winning team then moves on to compete at the international finals, last held in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • KMPG manages "Avenues", a program that helps new graduates navigate the early stages of their career -- participants are employed across audit, tax and advisory practices and consider specialization as they work towards professional designation -- participants are also assigned a dedicated Development Manager to provide coaching and feedback
  • The firm's "KPMG Ideation Challenge" invites students from various countries to work alongside KPMG data, analytics and artificial intelligence personnel to solve complex business issues -- ideas are presented to a global judging panel, who then select initiatives for co-development
Students attend KPMG's Executive Look conference, which gives them insight into a potential future at KPMG   (Photo credit: Samantha Battistone)

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Part-time employees in Canada 123
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Training and development summer interns may have the opportunity to spend half their internship abroad at another KPMG member firm (past locations have included Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland), national CPA training program, Experience Community Leadership program for students to participate in the firm's community leadership strategy firsthand, Global Advantage Program for summer interns to attend a conference in Germany, CFE candidates attend a four-day onsite training program with workshops, breakout seminars, and a simulated CFE practice exam with feedback
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Additional highlights annual "Acceptance Parties" for campus graduates who accept offers of employment during the fall recruitment season, summer interns train and compete in the "Big Four" volleyball/ultimate frisbee tournament against other professional service firms, recently launched "KPMG Ready", a game-based assessment app that helps the recruitment process stay bias-free by gathering and processing in-depth data on candidates

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

  • KPMG recently established a new key performance indicator for the firm's partners, linking compensation to representation of women and visible minorities (with a goal of 30 per cent women and 20 per cent visible minorities in partnership by 2022)
  • In 2017, KPMG appointed its first chief mental health officer, who aims to develop an organizational culture that fosters and supports good mental health -- based on employee feedback, the firm recently introduced an annual reimbursement of $2,000 for mental health practitioners, which may include social workers, clinical counsellors and family therapists
  • For nearly a decade, KPMG has supported the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Accounting Mentorship Program to encourage Aboriginal students to pursue post-secondary education and future careers in accounting -- the firm also offers a First Nations and Aboriginal Student Awards scholarship program for students enrolled in business studies and has awarded 32 scholarships to date since its inception
Denis Trottier (left), chief mental health officer at KPMG, hosts a mental health panel discussion during a conference  

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Part-time employees in Canada 123
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer, Chief Mental Health Officer
Formal commitment inclusion and diversity council, mental health strategy
Recruitment initiatives participates in the Tent Partnership for Refugees (commitment to hiring 50 refugees by 2020), offers mentoring for new Canadians (part of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council's Mentoring Partnership)
Retention and development programs extensive training and development opportunities such as WILL and WIN@Leadership to develop a pipeline of diverse high-potential women, participates in Position Women for Success initiative, assigning mentors to 100 women from offices in Eastern Canada and providing leadership coaching (project is funded by Status of Women Canada and rolled out with local employers)
Employee resource groups various networks for women (Women's Interchange Network, Network of Women in the GTA, Thrive for employees in Vancouver), new Global Disability Network, new Indigenous Peoples Network, Ibero-America Network, Team Italia, Ismaili Network, East Asian Network, India Desk, Jewish Network, Salam Network, Christian Network, Korea Practice, Pride@KPMG, Special Family & Friends Network
Training and awareness training on unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, mental health in the workplace, being an ally, and managing bias during the recruitment process, resources to combat bias during performance assessments (inclusive goal setting, managing bias in assessing performance)
Diversity highlights established a diversity of partnership KPIs, typing partnership compensation to increased accountability for representation of women and visible minorities in partnership (30 per cent women and 20 per cent visible minorities in partnership by 2022), expanded benefits to include coverage for gender transformation ($10,000 lifetime maximum available to employees and their dependents), firm-wide activities for Mental Health Week, First Nations and Aboriginal Student Awards (program has been so successful, the firm partnered with Indspire to help administer program, now reaching over 3,000 Aboriginal youth)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships GRIS-Montréal (sponsors anti-bullying workshops to students across Montréal), The Triangle Program (independent school for LGBT students who have difficulty succeeding in the traditional school system), Canadian Business SenseAbility (member), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (sponsors the Women in Manufacturing Success Forum), Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (sponsorship), Youth Services Bureau Spectrum Program (support services such as LGBT drop-in centres, peer mentoring, counselling and primary care services for at-risk youth), Pride at Work Canada, Job Opportunity Information Network

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why KPMG LLP was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • As part of KPMG's Global Green Initiative, the firm set an initial greenhouse gas emissions target to reduce emissions by 25 per cent from a 2007 baseline year by 2010 -- the firm surpassed that goal through a 29 per cent reduction by 2010 and has since set revised goals that will lead to greenhouse gas reduction of 50 per cent from the 2007 baseline year by 2020
  • In addition to being a pioneer in working to address everything from its own paper usage to carbon emissions, to work styles to its building footprint, KPMG provides dedicated professional sustainability services to help clients understand, manage and improve their own environmental and social impacts -- the services are managed by a core team of 18 sustainability subject matter experts, who are supported by professionals from across the firm
  • KPMG employees across the country work to support numerous green community initiatives, including the Grand River Conservation Authority, One Drop Foundation, London's Million Tree Challenge, Sustainable Montréal and Queen's Solar Design Team, to name a few
Summer interns at KPMG take part in a shoreline clean-up  

Highlights

Industry Accounting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Part-time employees in Canada 123
Employee green team Impact Champions (national network of employees), Green Committees (at many offices)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Impact Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Global Green Initiative (international program)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights "Our Workplace of the Future" program (evolving statement to address and plan for the future of work), ongoing Virtual Community Workplace program (formal initiative to help employees enjoy greater flexibility through the use of technology and reducing travel and commuting impacts), Global Green Initiative (reduced net global greenhouse gas emissions per full-time employee by over 16 per cent since 2010 -- with goals to reduce GHG emissions by 50 per cent from a 2007 baseline level), Global Climate Response (new program to set additional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets), annual GHG survey (measures success of carbon, energy, travel, paper, waste and water reduction programs), annual energy consumption audit, green committees (various office committees champion numerous initiatives across the country, including community gardens, tree-planting initiatives, replacing bottled water with filtered water, and donations of computers to local schools)
Noteworthy initiatives provides professional sustainability services to help clients address and improve their own environmental and social impacts (managed by a core team of 18 sustainability subject matter experts, and supported by additional sustainability professionals as required), formal Workplace of the Future Program (formal program to incorporate new technology and shape the future work environment)
Building footprint includes 60 per cent of the firm's office space in Canada is built or renovated to meet LEED Gold certification standards, with locations featuring water-efficient fixtures, energy-efficient and motion-sensitive lighting, low emission and recycled material used in its construction, carpets made from recycled materials, low-VOC paints, updated HVAC systems, and FSC-certified wood products
Extended recycling e-waste, office furniture (usable furniture is donated to local charities), extensive recycling program at head office (achieved a waste diversion rate of 97 per cent), adoption of the extensive TerraRecycle program at the Montréal office, longstanding formal print strategy has reduced paper consumption by 62 per cent since 2008 (all photocopy paper must have a minimum of 30 per cent recycled content), ongoing office programs across Canada to reduce and replace single-use plastics
Commuter amenities Bike to Work Week, downtown Toronto office features enclosed parking for 100 bicycles with air pump, water cooler, shower facilities and towel service for cyclists, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships UN Global Compact Network Canada (developed a series of sustainable development goals), MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (founding partner of the social finance hub), and numerous office-led events and partnerships across Canada, including volunteering for the Coulee Clean Up (Lethbridge) support for Sustainable Kingston, ReForest London, Sustainable Hamilton, Queen's Solar Design Team, Grand River Conservation Authority, Ocean Wise Conservation (Vancouver partnership to form the Blue Ocean Commitment), Sustainable Montréal, Tucker House (sustainable living initiative in Ottawa), Second Harvest (Toronto), and many more

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