University of Toronto
The visualization lab at U of T's Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship   (Photo credit: Daria Perevezentsev)

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

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

Highlights

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
Average age of employees in Canada 47.1 years
Longest serving employee 64.7 years
Benefits note University of Toronto 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 75% of the premiums
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
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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

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.
University of Toronto employees hold an office orientation meeting for new hires at the St. George 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
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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