University of Toronto
Students at U of T conduct a research project in the wet lab during a two-week biology boot camp   (Photo credit: Diana Tyszko)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • 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)
  • Varying by employee group, U of T starts employees with three and four weeks of paid vacation -- and employees receive additional paid time off over the Christmas to New Year's holidays (up to 5 days) as well as paid personal days off
  • 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
Elham Marzi, an instructor at U of T leads an upper-year negotiation class   (Photo credit: Johnny Guatto)

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 10,429
Part-time employees in Canada 10,762
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11%
Average age of employees in Canada 47.1 years
Longest serving employee 64.7 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, provided over a quarter of a million reusable masks to employees and students

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
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), art galleries, theatres, 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, 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 produced a new “Food Map” to help people navigate dining options on the St. George campus (the university oversees more than 30 locations across the St. George campus as well as running programs such as a local food challenge, veggie Mondays and other initiatives
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, several gymnasiums, swimming pools, strength and conditioning centre, indoor running track, historic Varsity arena and stadium (covered in the winter months), dance studio, tennis and squash courts, and steam rooms (there are multiple fitness facilities across all 3 campuses), 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 (such as the Hart House winter buffet and a summer farmers' market), and a number of university-wide cultural and holiday celebrations, from astronomy celebrations to the Indigenous education week, to the annual Pride Pub to a faculty and staff appreciation day, to name a few
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, magazines, podcasts and dedicated websites across the university community

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, 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, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
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
Additional health and 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, launched a variety of new wellness programs over the past year through its new Wellness Hub (including a range of weekly and monthly support and resources for emotional, financial, physical and social 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
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), operates several centrally and departmentally managed award and recognition programs that are open to faculty, librarians, employees (regardless of their faculty, division or campus) and alumni
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,400 in tuition subsidies 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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Some of the community organizations supported Hammer Heads (employment training for at-risk youth), Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians), Imani Academic Mentoring Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Food for Fines, Indigenous Mentoring Day, United Way (contributed $20-million over 20 years), CIBC Run for the Cure
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.
Pandemic-related community initiatives Awarded a $30,000 grant from U of T Entrepreneurship and the Lo Family Social Venture Fund to help two researchers develop and launch an online app (called PickEasy) to help smaller restaurants navigate pandemic safety regulations as effectively as larger chain restaurants.

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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • 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 (to name a few)
  • U of T's anti-racism and cultural diversity office offers professional development courses to increase faculty and staff’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities and key strategies to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion at the organization -- topics include deconstructing institutional racism, addressing racial microaggressions, and anti-Black racism
  • In 2020, U of T created an institutional anti-Black racism task force to advise on new, action-oriented measures the organization can take to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion and excellence on campus -- in 2021, the task force delivered its final report, featuring more than 50 action-oriented measures and solutions, including recommendations in seven systemic areas ranging from leadership and accountability, to complaints and investigations processes
Trexo Robotics, a U of T startup, designs assistive technology to support children with physical disabilities  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,429
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives tri-campus equity offices that engage in dialogue and promote awareness, provide training and resources, report and respond to complaints, address policy questions, and promote constructive dialogue on equity (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), employs an executive director of equity, diversity and inclusion as well as a Vice-President of Human Resources and Equity (many of the equity offices and advisors report directly to the VP)
Performance management and accountability inaugural equity, diversity and inclusion report published in 2019 highlighting initiatives from divisions, departments, and faculties across campus, published an Indigenous initiatives annual progress report (in response to the university's Calls to Action in the final report authored by U of T's Truth and Reconciliation Commission steering committee), the report showcases resources, programs, services, research, and academic information for future and current Indigenous students and scholars
Employee resource groups Queer U of T Employees (QUTE), Connections and Conversations affinity group for racialized staff and their supporters
Recruitment initiatives talent management unit in HR and equity division to support all aspects of talent acquisition, management and succession planning for administrative staff, Indigenous mentoring day (matches members of the public who identify as Indigenous with experienced professionals for a day of mentoring), First Nations House job fair, diversity internship program for HR graduates who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, or having a disability, 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), provides mentoring for new Canadians in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
Retention and development programs Angela Hildyard Leadership Fund created in 2016 to establish an annual leadership symposium (participants include members of the university's senior administrators, both academic and non-academic, and those expecting to assume such positions in the near future)
Training and awareness initiatives training on a variety of topics including accessibility, Indigenous cultural competency, unconscious bias, and gender identity and gender expression, KAIROS blanket exercises, mandatory anti-discrimination and anti-bias training for HR professionals, 5th annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination conference (features approaches and strategies to deepen anti-racism action), Black History 365 committee organized its second annual Black History Symposium (event explored anti-Black racism activism in diverse spaces and the role of post-secondary environments in transforming anti-Black racism advocacy), monthly Gender Talk conversation cafes for trans+ members of the university, Positive Space campaign to create awareness of LGBTQ communities
Diversity highlights 11th annual Rainbow Tie Gala to honour Positive Space and celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community, tailored events for diverse student groups (queer orientation hosted annually by SGDO across all campuses, dedicated Black Graduation event, Honouring Our Students Pow Wow), diversity mentorship program within faculty of medicine (matches undergraduate medical students from equity-seeking groups with faculty members), Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize for faculty, staff or student who has made positive and lasting contributions in education and action against discrimination, supporting the university's mission to realize an exemplary degree of equity and diversity, and extending the university's knowledge as a consequence of its diversity
Highlights from the past year created an institutional anti-Black racism task force in 2020 to advise on action-oriented measure to address anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion and excellence on campus, created new institution-wide faculty working groups to review the recruitment and retention of Black faculty, Black student recruitment and success, and representation in curriculum and academic programming, the university has plans to make additional investments in student learning, supports and financial aid, as well as boost access for equity-deserving groups and hire more Black and Indigenous faculty members

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

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

  • U of T has set a building performance standard that will apply to all new buildings and major renovations across the institution -- the standard incorporates performance for energy intensity, carbon intensity, wellbeing and comfort and will be updated every four years to incorporate new technologies and evolving best practices
  • 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
  • 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)
U of T students, Nicolas Côté, Rashad Brugmann and Nathan Postma, in Trinity College's rooftop garden on the St. George campus   (Photo credit: Geoffrey Vendeville)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Scarborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,429
Part-time employees in Canada 10,762
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 (initiative to identify ways the university can meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability), plastic water bottle ban (dating back to 2011) and 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, 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), Reunion Coffee Roasters (sold on campus, the certified Fair Trade and Organic and roasted locally using 100% renewable energy and supports initiatives in coffee growing communities through sales of coffee, including tree planting and fresh water 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
Noteworthy initiatives as one of the world's leading research and academic institutions, UofT offers an incredible range of undergraduate and graduate programs across numerous faculties, ranging from environmental sciences to sustainable finance and investment (and so much more)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, 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) with additional projects planned (and existing) on all three campuses,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), some departments partner with Terracycle to capture additional waste
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, Commute Ontario, formerly 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 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), The Riverwood Conservancy (internship placements for students), Let's Talk Science (green tours for elementary school students), 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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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