Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
Employees at TMMC attended the organization's 2019 team member barbecue event  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2021), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2021), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):

  • TMMC helps employees prepare for life after work through retirement planning assistance, a defined contribution pension plan (employee hired prior to 2014 participate in a defined benefit pension plan) as well as a health benefits plan that extends to retirees with no age limit
  • TMMC provides generous time-off policies, starting new employees with 3.8 weeks of paid vacation and ultimately moving to over six weeks after a decade on the job -- longer serving employees may also apply for an unpaid leave of absence
  • TMMC encourages employees to volunteer in the community with paid time off, matching employee charitable donations and financial donations for employees who volunteer their time (to $500 for every 50 hours volunteered)
An employee at TMMC donates their time at a Habitat for Humanity Women Build event in 2019, as part of the organization's volunteering program  

Employer Background

Industry Automobile manufacturing
Established in Canada 1986
Parent company Toyota Motor Corporation
Parent company head office Toyota City, Japan
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,601
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 28%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.2 years
Longest serving employee 33 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features manufacturing operations are housed in a custom-built facility with over three-million square feet of manufacturing space, head office administrative buildings are open-concept (including the president's office) and features a showroom (with the company's very first Corolla built at the facility as well as a complete lineup of current vehicles), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Other food options at main location Starbucks and Tim Hortons kiosks
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (lunchtime workouts), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, fully staffed Corolla Park Fitness Centre offers a range of health and recreational activities for employees, a 14-acre park with walking trails, an outdoor park with tennis courts, 600-metre track, soccer and football field, baseball diamond and basketball nets, and organized league sports and tournaments
Other nearby amenities Corolla Park Fitness Centre, Riverside Park

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name TMMC Social Club (est. 1986)
Past social events children's Christmas party and summer Family Fun Day picnic for approximately 8,000 team members and their families, birthday lunches, summer barbecue, December holiday meal, golf tournament, bus trips to theatre shows, casino and sporting events
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounts on new Toyota vehicles for employees (up to $1,000 off dealer cost and $800 off for family members)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note TMMC has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 82% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Additional health plan information unused health credits can be allocated to a health spending account for additional coverage, an RRSP account, or taken as taxable cash
Family-friendly benefits note TMMC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $10,000 per child
Flexible work options earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note TMMC has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6.4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information vacation increases to 4 weeks after 2 years and to 4.8 weeks after only 3 years on the job, moving to 6 weeks after a decade on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, long-service awards, Quality Circle and Suggestion program (bonuses for great suggestions), Catch-of-the-Week program rewards employees for "keeping an eye out for quality"
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs international work opportunities in Japan and the United States

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local
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 2,064 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 352 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Indwell Blossom Park, Sakura House, Habitat for Humanity, Grand River Conservation Authority, Jingle Bell Run, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Let's Talk Science, St. Mary's Hospital
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The company consults focus groups to help determine its charitable focus for the years ahead, with representation from the general public, charitable organizations, and employees. Resultantly, TMMC's current focus is social services followed by support for education and the environment. The company also offers a $500 seed money grant to help employees establish their own fundraising initiatives and follows up with a matching donation to the funds raised (up to $500).

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

Here are some of the reasons why Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • TMMC supports numerous environmental initiatives in its surrounding communities, including Woodstock Wetland Trail Walk (constructed an extension of an existing trail in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources), Grand River Conservation Authority, Upper Thames Rivers Conservation Authority, Oxford County Children's Water Festival, and the Shade Mills Conservation Centre that features the Toyota Nature Centre and Toyota Nature Trails
  • Green-thumbed TMMC employees manage onsite organic Giving Gardens at the Cambridge and Woodstock locations, which produce over $3,200 worth of organic fruits and vegetables each year for donation to local charities -- two honey bee apiaries are also maintained at TMMC's Cambridge facility, producing over 45 kg of honey last year, which was also donated to a local charitable organization
  • TMMC manufactures a variety of automobiles, including hybrids in Canada, and as part of an international corporation, the company is working towards long-term goals to develop low- and zero-emission manufacturing plants (by 2050) and vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles
TMMC employees volunteer for the Grand River Conservation Authority in Cambridge, ON  

Highlights

Industry Automobile manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Cambridge ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,722
Employee green team environmental engineering department (comprised of employee representatives from each manufacturing area)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Environmental Director (also the VP of Manufacturing)
Formal strategy/policy name Corporate Environmental Policy
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Environmental Kaizen Awards competition (environmental improvement activities), winning local teams move on to compete against other teams in North America (TMMC regularly places well in the competition), formal environmental suggestion program, Energy Management Organization team (new initiative to lead programs to optimize energy use and reduce emissions), Enviro Update (annual electronic environmental newsletter), Green Pledge program (encourages employees to share how they will help the environment in the year ahead), Cambridge facility began manufacturing the hybrid Lexus RX 450h in 2014 while the parent company focused on the long-term development of low- and zero-emission manufacturing plants (by 2050) and vehicles (including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles)
Noteworthy initiatives has dedicated over 80 hectares of its land for wildlife habitat that includes a variety of local wildflower and milkweed species to address Monarch butterfly habitat losses; the initiative was completed in partnership with Canadian Wildlife Federation and has earned the company an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation status
Building footprint includes solar air heating, onsite organic charity garden (the TMMC Giving Gardens produced over $3,200 worth of organic fruits and vegetables that were donated to local charities), 0.67-hectare bee pollinator garden with indigenous wildflower seeds to attract butterflies and bee pollinators (new four-hectare garden planted at the Cambridge site), two bee hives at the Cambridge site (produced 45 kilograms of honey last year that was donated to Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region), numerous bird boxes at the Woodstock and Cambridge facilities, combined heat and power co-generation facility produces electricity using a heat recovery steam generator (produces enough electricity to power 7,000 homes), new LED lighting conversions and daylight occupancy sensors
Extended recycling e-waste, organics, set a zero waste goal back in 2004 (with approximately 95 per cent of all waste recycled or composted today)
Commuter amenities partners with TravelWise to offer discounted transit passes and a carpool program, vehicle fleet for employee travel includes several hybrid vehicles, walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up
Community partnerships Woodstock Wetland Trail Walk (constructed an extension of an existing trail in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the trail is primarily used by the Thames Valley District School Board), Lids 4 Kids (employees encouraged to properly recycle coffee lids in special bins, the company has donated $10,000 annually to children's charities through this program), Grand River Conservation Authority, Upper Thames Rivers Conservation Authority, Oxford County Children's Water Festival, Shade Mills Conservation Centre (featuring the Toyota Nature Centre and Toyota Nature Trails), Earth Day (known as Earth Month, includes a variety of environmentally themed activities at the company and in the community, from e-waste collection to an enviro-trivia contest for prizes), Earth Hour, Wildlife Habitat Council (received recognition for its comprehensive wildlife management plan)

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