Metrolinx
Metrolinx employees participate in a panel discussion during Black History Month 2020  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • In response to the pandemic, Metrolinx extended sick days to part-time, contract and newly hired employees -- and added 10 additional days for employees to utilize for personal care
  • Metrolinx offers excellent family-friendly benefits, providing maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new and adoptive parents (to 93 per cent of salary, ranging from 15 to 32 weeks, depending on the employee)
  • Metrolinx helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance
Transit safety officers at Metrolinx work to ensure the safety of passengers  

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Established in Canada 2006
Parent company Government of Ontario
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,374
Part-time employees in Canada 298
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 41 years
Benefits note Metrolinx has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $450 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
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 4 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

COVID-19

Pandemic response extended sick days to part-time, contract and newly hired employees and added 10 additional days for employees to utilize if needed, offers a range of health and mindfulness resources along with an Employee Care Office that provides coaching, education and other needed support

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Metrolinx created the Rob MacIsaac Fellowship Program, a unique initiative that provides up to five students every two years a placement to complete research in an area aligned with company objectives
  • Metrolinx manages a 10-month coach technicians apprenticeship program in partnership with Centennial College, providing apprentices with the opportunity to work with professional mentors throughout their term -- additionally, Metrolinx offers four-month summer student placements in various departments and internship placements ranging from four to 12 months in length
  • Metrolinx manages a leadership training program to provide people leaders with foundational leadership skills -- the program includes a one-day in-class workshop, a follow-up coaching call, and videos available on demand on key themes, behaviours and skills from the program
Members of the 'Young Professionals at Metrolinx' employee resource group  

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,374
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities 4-month summer student placements in various departments ranging from clerical to plant to bus maintenance, IGNITE leadership training program provides people leaders with foundational skills (includes a 1-day workshop, a follow-up coaching call, and videos on demand), 12-month COMPASS mentorship program, Metrolinx University online learning portal
Additional highlights coffee chats with senior leadership, Metrolinx library holds transportation and work-related resources (the collection is registered as a special library and offers employees and public access to environmental reports, surveys, studies, magazines, and books)
Dedicated employee resource group Intern-Student employee resource group for all new graduates and student hires (provides opportunities for members to connect, network, and find support)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Along with support for a formal employee green team, Metrolinx conducts numerous initiatives across the organization, including waste audits at transit stations and bus facilities (with a 80 per cent waste diversion goal) to conducting environmental assessments for all new projects
  • In addition to its line of business, Metrolinx encourages alternative transportation with preferred parking for carpoolers, along with programs to reduce single-car trips in favour of transit, walking, cycling and alternative work hours -- employees also have their own in-house Bicycle User Group (BUG) that helps connect cyclists and includes tips on route selection and safety, as well as maintenance clinics for riders
  • Metrolinx is part of the largest rapid transit expansion program in North America that includes $75-billion in new capital projects, including expansion of existing rail and bus operations across the region
A GO train operator at Metrolinx   (Photo credit: Lorne Bridgman)

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,374
Part-time employees in Canada 298
Employee green team Green Team
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name sustainability strategy (2015 to 2020), energy and emissions management plan (est. 2016), climate adaptation strategy (est. in 2018)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights conducts waste audits at transit stations and bus facilities to better understand waste streams as the organization works towards an 80% waste diversion from landfill goal, mobility management group (encourages reductions in single-car trips in favour of transit, walking, cycling and alternative work hours), SmartDriver pilot program (bus driver training focused on decreasing fuel consumption), ongoing salt-use reduction initiatives, fleet procurement includes focus on fuel efficiency and design (including trains and buses)
Noteworthy initiatives ongoing programs to oversee facility design and building include the sustainable design team (part of the design division), environmental management office, and environmental programs and assessment to ensure environmental assessments are conducted for all new projects, in the midst of the largest rapid transit expansion program in North America (includes $75-billion in new capital projects, including expansion of existing rail and bus operations)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, 7 LEED Gold and 2 LEED Silver-certified facilities (16 more in the planning and construction phases targeting LEED certification), building automation systems, occupancy sensors, water-efficient landscaping, white roof, passive heating strategies, recycled materials, FSC-certified wood-based materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, heat recovery capacity in HVAC systems, has planted pollinator habitats at 3 sites for Monarch butterflies (over 2,000 butterfly-friendly plants planted on 1.3 acres)
Extended recycling driver uniforms, e-waste, smartphones, partnership with TerraCycle to collect coffee pods, batteries, latex gloves, office products, writing instruments and cigarette butts
Commuter amenities Bicycle User Group (BUG) which helps connect cyclists and includes tips on route selection and safety as well as maintenance clinics for riders, dedicated carpool parking spaces, Bike to Work Day and Month, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships City of Markham and Diabetes Canada (pilot program to set up clothing collection boxes), University of Guelph (pollinator plant and butterfly population research), University of Waterloo (salt-use reduction for winter maintenance), CultureLink (initiative to encourage students to cycle to work), Global Reporting Initiative (company reports environmental, social and governance performance metrics aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative framework, which is currently used by almost 75% of the world's 250 largest companies)

The Career Directory

Metrolinx has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A GO Transit safety officer at Metrolinx

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Public transit
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Parent company Government of Ontario
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Intern, Junior Project Coordinator
Starting salary $50K to $55K
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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