University of Toronto
Employees at U of T's Mississauga campus   (Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky)

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

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

  • As part of U of T's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, the organization hosted its inaugural race, equity, and action speaker series to provide members of the community opportunities to engage in critical dialogue on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within institutional culture
  • U of T supports families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (available to mothers, fathers and adoptive parents) and provides workshops, discussion groups and access to a wide range of resources through a dedicated Family Care Office -- additionally, the organization has multiple child care options on campus and all three campuses offer a variety of family-friendly spaces, including designated areas for breastfeeding and pumping, baby change stations and a new family study room at Robarts Library
  • U of T encourages employees to save for the future with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers health benefits coverage that extend to retirees (with no age limit and 75 per cent premium coverage) -- additionally, the organization maintains a Senior College Centre to provide retired academics and librarians with space to meet and discuss topics of shared interest
U of T employees gather for a meeting at the Scarborough campus   (Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky)

Employer Background

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1827
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,456
Part-time employees in Canada 12,110
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11%
Average age of employees in Canada 46.3 years
Longest serving employee 63.7 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response offered a supplementary top-up to the CERB benefit for employees who were laid off due to COVID-19, researchers from Dalla Lana School of Public Health helped to develop an interactive online tool to help hospitals and other health care providers estimate their capacity to manage new cases of COVID-19, the university's sports and recreation department moved fitness and meditation classes online and also adapted classes for at-home practice

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online carpool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features 3 distinct campuses across the GTA that feature a variety of accessible spaces, family-friendly spaces (designed to meet a variety of needs such as breastfeeding, pumping, and baby change stations), and green spaces (such as living walls, community food gardens and rooftop gardens), the centrally located St. George campus features some of the city's most recognized historic buildings alongside state-of-the-art research facilities, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Other food options at main location onsite Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup coffee shops, a variety of food options from cafeterias to pubs to food trucks on campus, featuring vegan, kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free, halal and many other options
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, martial arts), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, several gymnasiums, swimming pools, strength and conditioning centre, indoor running track, dance studio, tennis and squash courts, and steam rooms (there are multiple fitness facilities across all 3 campuses, including the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre constructed for the 2015 Pan Am Games)
Other nearby amenities Hart House and Athletic Centre, Queen's Park, Chinatown, Kensington Market, Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name social committees across the university
Past social events variety of food-centred events (Hart House Winter Buffet, the Mac'n Cheese Smackdown and a summer farmers' market, to name a few), faculty and staff appreciation days, Green Gala (to celebrate sustainability on campus), Rainbow Tie Gala (to celebrate the diversity of the community's gender and sexual identities), Hart House Chorus and the UnDiscovered Campus Series (lunch hour walks that feature offbeat places on campus)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Provost's Digest, numerous departmental newsletters and magazines, podcasts

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, low-interest home loans, faculty and staff housing loan program for the purchase of a family home, discounted cell phone plan, discounted rates for home and auto insurance, discounts on VIA Rail

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 9 hours per week
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, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Additional health plan information some employee groups have a health spending account, mental health benefit ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 depending on employee group
Wellness initiatives mindfulness and meditation series, "The Academy of Well-Being" series delivered by faculty members who are conducting research into factors that contribute to a sense of well-being
Family-friendly benefits note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite, emergency short-term child care
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information faculty receive maternity and parental top-up to 97% of salary for 20 weeks for birth mothers and adoptive parents, and 97% of salary for 10 weeks for fathers, child care reimbursement for children under the age of 7 (up to a maximum of $2,000 per year), babysitting listing service (casual care service provided by U of T students and their partners), Family Care Office (supports numerous family care initiatives, from infant to elder care support), extensive family-friendly activities and programming available on campus

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note University of Toronto has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 9 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 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 5 months
Additional time-off information varying by employee group, some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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), Arbor Awards for tremendous generosity and contribution to the experience of students, faculty, staff, and alumni (award is highest honour granted by the university, ceremony takes place each fall at the president's official residence), Early Career Teaching Awards (4 annual awards available for new faculty, up to $3,000 each), Excellence Through Innovation Award (for administrative staff), President's Teaching Awards, President's Impact Awards and President's Impact Academy, True Blue recognition program for all employees and many other faculty and staff awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 48 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
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
Unique training & development programs numerous faculty and departmental-specific training and development plans, orientation and leadership retreat

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported Hammer Heads (employment training for at-risk youth), Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Food for Fines, United Way
Community highlight Each division of the university takes part in several community partnerships and charities at the local, provincial, national and international levels, participating in initiatives that align with their particular function.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • U of T manages its diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives through a tri-campus network of equity offices, dedicated employee with equity-related responsibilities, and employee affinity groups -- offices include an anti-racism and cultural diversity office, an office of Indigenous initiatives, and a sexual and gender diversity office
  • U of T hosted an Indigenous mentoring day to provide job-seekers with career insights about working at the organization, and also hosts a job fair in partnership with the university's First Nations House, targeted to Indigenous candidates -- additionally, the organization's division of human resources and equity manages a diversity internship program for HR graduates who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, or having a disability
  • U of T established a bursary program for students and scholars at risk with the goal of raising $1-million and creating up to 100 bursaries, each valued at $10,000, to be dispersed over the next 10 years -- bursaries will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who have obtained refugee status in Canada
U of T staff at the faculty of medicine's registration desk   (Photo credit: Lisa Sakulensky)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,456
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President of Human Resources & Equity
Formal commitment created new role of Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in 2019, maintains a network of tri-campus equity offices that engage in dialogue and promote awareness (offices include anti-racism and cultural diversity (ARCDO), First Nations House, Indigenous initiatives, sexual and gender diversity (SGDO), and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, to name a few)
Recruitment initiatives talent management unit in HR and equity division to support all aspects of talent acquisition, management and succession planning for administrative staff, First Nations House job fair, diversity internship program for HR graduates who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, or having a disability, Indigenous mentoring day (matches members of the public who identify as Indigenous with experienced professionals for a day of mentoring), summer mentorship program for high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry interested in health sciences (organized by the Faculty of Medicine for over 20 years)
Employee resource groups Connections and Conversations affinity group for racialized staff and their supporters, Queer U of T Employees (QUTE), Black Faculty Working Groups (which examine Black faculty recruitment and retention, Black student recruitment and success, and representation in curriculum and academic programming)
Training and awareness training on a variety of topics including accessibility, Indigenous cultural competency, unconscious bias, and gender identity and gender expression, equity, diversity and inclusion training organized by the anti-racism and cultural diversity office and HR, mandatory anti-discrimination and anti-bias training for HR professionals, KAIROS Blanket Exercises
Diversity highlights inaugural equity, diversity and inclusion report published in 2019 highlighting initiatives from divisions, departments, and faculties across campus, established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission steering committee, appointed new director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, published an Indigenous initiatives annual progress report to showcase resources, programs, services, research, and academic information for future and current Indigenous students and scholars, new Black History 365 committee (organized inaugural Black History Symposium to celebrate Black history year round as opposed to in February), race, equity and action speaker series organized by ARCDO, 3rd annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination conference, diversity mentorship program within faculty of medicine (matches undergraduate medical students from equity-seeking groups with faculty members), monthly Gender Talk conversation cafés for trans+ community members, 10th annual Rainbow Tie Gala to honour Positive Space and celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community, Faculty of Law announced creation of new Black Future Lawyers program to engage and support Black-identified undergrad students, 3rd annual Black Graduation event, 3rd annual Honouring Our Students Pow Wow, queer orientation (hosted annually by SGDO across all campuses)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Hammer Heads (skills and employment training for at-risk youth), Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

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

  • U of T is a leader in the study and application of new sustainable building design, from the new Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory that is researching the performance of green roofs, green walls, and solar photovoltaic technologies, to the ongoing construction of one of Canada’s largest urban geoexchange systems in King’s College Circle on the downtown campus
  • A founding member of the SmartCommute program, U of T has numerous programs to encourage alternative transportation throughout the city, from a tri-campus shuttle bus service, carpooling and car-sharing programs, preferred parking for low-emission vehicles, partnerships to encourage bicycle commuting, along with its own greening-the-fleet initiatives
  • U of T food services operations have taken the lead in raising awareness about food sourcing and waste generation through a number of longstanding formal programs, from the Field to Fork and Go Local Wednesdays programs (addressing food sourcing), to the Lug-A-Mug, Eco-Tray and Eco-Takeout Container initiatives (addressing unnecessary waste)
Sidney Smith Hall, a University of Toronto building on the downtown St. George campus   (Photo credit: Diana Tyszko)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,456
Part-time employees in Canada 12,110
Employee green team sustainability office (est. 2005) on each campus coordinate with a Tri-Campus Sustainability Board, Green Ambassador Network (open to all employees), numerous environmentally focused student groups and green teams (from beekeeping to chemistry research to engineering), Sustainability Office Work Study Team program for select students (to work with the St. George Sustainability Office)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Operations Officer, Property Services & Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name university environmental protection policy (est. in 1994 and updated in 2010)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights established the President's Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability (mandated to identify ways the university can meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability), the on-campus Lug-A-Mug, Eco-Tray and Eco-Takeout Container initiatives (on-campus food services programs to encourage the use of returnable and reusable takeout food containers), UTSC Farmers Market, numerous sustainability-focused programs and courses across all faculties (from forestry to engineering to business administration and over 400 researchers working in areas of environment and sustainability studies), Green Ideas (encourages staff, students and faculty to submit ideas to reduce the school's environmental footprint), Green Ribbon Awards (to recognize individual and group sustainability efforts), Greener News (e-newsletter), Green Res (certification program for student residences), Field to Fork and Go Local Wednesdays (to showcase specific local food and their producers)
Noteworthy initiatives operates the Swap Shop that sells surplus university furniture, office equipment and supplies to the community (and donates funds to the United Way) and the "FreeStore" that collects everything students leave behind for reuse or proper recycling
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, in the midst of constructing one of Canada’s largest urban geoexchange systems (the King’s College Circle system will heat and cool the buildings on the St. George campus), LED lighting retrofits and occupancy sensors, rooftop garden and apiary, sustainable roofing standard (use of long-lasting lightweight concrete), water conservation fixtures and smart irrigation systems across campus, new energy performance and building design standards for all campus buildings (to be updated every 4 years), new Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory/GRIT Lab (established to research and test the environmental performance associated with green roofs, green walls, and solar photovoltaic technologies), community garden (UTSC's has operated for over 40 years with 50 active plots open to employees and community members, new downtown OISE on Bloor Street)
Extended recycling batteries, organic composting available across campus, construction and demolition materials, laboratory glass and plastics (the university received Gold status through the Recycling Council of Ontario's 3R certification program)
Commuter amenities tri-campus shuttle bus services, carpooling and car-sharing programs (Zipcar and Car2Go), preferred parking for low-emission vehicles, Bikechain (St. George campus' not-for-profit cycling organization that supports both U of T and the city's large cycling community), UTM Bikeshare and Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, Smart Commute (UTSC is a founding partner), ongoing "greening the fleet" program (includes the use of bicycles), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Ontario Universities Committed to a Greener World (signatory to the sustainability pledge), University Climate Change Coalition (signatory and includes the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% from 1990 levels by the year 2030), The School of the Environment (educational partnership with the Canadian Green Building Council/CaGBC), Evergreen Canada (partnership to naturalize areas at UTM's campus), Toronto Seed Library (organic, native, heirloom and pollinator seeds), Fair Trade-certified campus (all campuses are fair trade designated)

The Career Directory

University of Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees at U of T's Mississauga campus

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 10,001 to 25,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
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
Typical new grad positions Web Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Financial Assistant, Human Resources Assistant, Student Services Assistant, Communications Coordinator, Research Assistant, Student Life Coordinator
Starting salary $40K to $45K
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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