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

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

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • 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) -- additionally, the organization established an Employee Care Office to support employees as they navigate the complexities of their diverse lives
  • Through the "Ideas@Work" initiative, Metrolinx encourages employees to submit ideas that result in a better workplace, improved customer satisfaction, operating efficiencies and cost savings for the organization
  • 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 4,137
Part-time employees in Canada 395
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 40 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
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 6 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
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

COVID-19

Pandemic response new and enhanced mental health support resources, safety kits for all employees (masks, hand sanitizer, wipes), e-cards program to enable peer-to-peer recognition

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • Metrolinx created the Rob MacIsaac Fellowship Program, a unique initiative that allows students to complete research in a public sector environment -- program participants receive financial assistance to conduct research on a transportation-related issue over a four-month period while receiving guidance from senior staff -- and, following their studies, may transition to an internship related to their research
  • In partnership with Centennial College, Metrolinx manages a Truck and Coach Technician Apprenticeship program (operating since 1997) -- the organization hires approximately five apprentices each year who work under professional mentors for a 10-month period
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 4,137
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 program (in partnership with the Youth in Policing Initiative, United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Toronto YMCA), collaborated with Our Children's Medicine to recruit candidates for an Indigenous internship program, IGNITE leadership training program provides people leaders with foundational skills (includes a one-day workshop, a follow-up coaching call, and videos on demand)
Additional highlights coffee chats with senior leadership
Dedicated employee resource group Intern-Student employee resource group for interns, co-op students, research fellows, and summer students (provides personal and professional support and networking), Young Professionals at Metrolinx employee resource group (provides leadership and networking)
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 (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Metrolinx was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

  • Metrolinx has supported a formal employee-led Green Team since 2014 (with over 400 employee volunteers) -- the team hosts numerous environmental awareness initiatives, from multi-month campaigns on sustainability topics (such as waste and energy use), to monthly newsletters and online communications to activities in support of Earth Day, National Sweater Day and the 20-Minute Makeover
  • 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
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 4,137
Part-time employees in Canada 395
Employee green team Green Team (over 400 members); a number of committees and teams within divisions
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
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 National Sweater Day, Partners in Project Green and Diabetes Canada, 20-Minute Makeover, Earth Day, 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)

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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