McGill University
A farmers' market at McGill University   (Photo credit: Picasa)

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why McGill University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • McGill University's health and well-being program features resources, tools and strategies to help employees adopt and sustain positive mental, physical, financial and nutritional health, and social connection -- additionally, the university organizes monthly challenges with incentives for participation (FitBit, sustainable lunch kits, free cooking classes)
  • McGill University encourages employees to take time off to recharge with three weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to four weeks after only three years on the job -- additionally, the organization offers paid time off during the summer and winter months, as well as four paid personal days that can be scheduled throughout the year
  • Along with maternity leave top-up payments, McGill University makes it a little easier for new mothers to return to work with onsite child care options and a variety of flexible working arrangements, including flexible hours, telecommuting and shortened work weeks
A staff fitness class at McGill University  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1821
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,555
Part-time employees in Canada 1,378
Average age of employees in Canada 47.5 years
Longest serving employee 67 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year


Pandemic response webinars and online workshops on topics such as mental health and transitioning to remote working

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

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

  • McGill University encourages staff and students to make sustainable transportation choices through a number of on-campus initiatives, including the addition of a bicycle fleet on the Macdonald campus (available free of charge), increasing bicycle parking spaces, free shuttle service between campuses, and a partnership with a municipal bike-sharing organization to provide discounts to staff and student riders
  • McGill University's Vision 2020 sustainability strategy sets an ambitious agenda for a greener and healthier future -- the Sustainability Projects Fund offers nearly $1-million in seed funding annually to projects that contribute to their green goals -- since its creation in 2010, over $7-million in seed funding has been directed to over 190 sustainability-related projects, such as urban gardening, shared-use bicycles and transit subsidies, and updated waste management systems
McGill University's Arts Building, a landmark of the school's downtown campus  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,404
Part-time employees in Canada 1,294
Employee green team McGill's Office of Sustainability
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Director
Formal strategy/policy name Vision 2020 (McGill's sustainability strategy), Climate and Sustainability Action Plan
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights provides "Eco-Kits" to students (includes reusable coffee mugs and food containers), food and dining services programs (phased out single-use plastic water bottles and polystyrene containers, offers discounts for those who use reusable coffee mugs and containers, china and steel cutlery in dining halls, inventory management initiatives to reduce unnecessary purchases during holidays and donates all perishables to a local mission), numerous undergraduate and graduate programs focused on sustainability (from agriculture to engineering to urban planning), staff community gardens at both campuses (run by members of the Staff Sustainability Network to grow their own produce), staff-led butterfly and pollinator garden at the Macdonald campus, Sustainability Project Fund (funds small-scale initiatives developed by community members)
Noteworthy initiatives Bellairs Research Institute Greenhouse in Barbados features solar water heating panels to produce hot water and has a tropical greenhouse to produce fruits and vegetables for use in food production at the institute
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, HVAC retrofits
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries, office furniture, printer cartridges, cellphones, appliances, hazardous waste, construction materials, organics (in-house organics collection started in the early 2000s)
Commuter amenities ongoing green fleet strategy (includes electric and hybrid vehicles, and even an electric snowmobile), free shuttle service between campuses, cycling initiatives (fleet of bikes for loan, discounted membership with the city's bike-sharing service, and a unique program to design high-volume, sculptural and functional bike parking options), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Marine Stewardship Council (first campus in Canada to receive certification), Fair Trade Campus (first Québec campus to be certified), supplier code of conduct (guidelines for suppliers to achieve)

The Career Directory

McGill University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
McGill University's Redpath Museum

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue QC
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
Work benefits 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

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