YMCA of Greater Toronto
Employees at YMCA of Greater Toronto have a meeting  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto provides its new parents with exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments, starting with 100 per cent for the first week, followed by an 80 per cent top-up for 25 weeks -- and employees have access to subsidized onsite child care when they are ready to return to work
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto encourages employees to stay connected and get together regularly through a busy social calendar that offers events throughout the year, including an annual garage sale, a happy birthday week, a summer reading book swap, and a summer backyard party, to name a few events
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto encourages employees to keep fit and healthy with access to fitness facilities that offer swimming pools, indoor running tracks, basketball, yoga, pickleball, volleyball, badminton, and instructor-led yoga, karate, muscle fit, dance and aquafit classes
A child care worker at YMCA of Greater Toronto  

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Established in Canada 1853
Major Canadian locations Wellington ON, Dufferin ON, Durham ON, York ON, Peel ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,366
Part-time employees in Canada 2,048
Average age of employees in Canada 37 years
Longest serving employee 47 years
Benefits note YMCA of Greater Toronto has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $750 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional top-up information top-up is 100% for the first week, followed by 80% of salary for 25 weeks
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 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 in-house training, online training, leadership development programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why YMCA of Greater Toronto was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

  • YMCA of Greater Toronto employees support a range of environmental programs, with over 250 employees involved with green teams that have dedicated thousands of hours supporting initiatives that "ensure we operate in a more sustainable manner, from internal operations to green initiatives we undertake" -- the organization also hosts Green Leader training sessions twice per year to encourage employees to get involved
  • Along with the addition of green roofs to its urban locations (including one of the largest with public access), YMCA of Greater Toronto maintains a 1.6-hectare property at the YMCA Cedar Glen location, which includes a large certified organic garden, two honeybee apiaries, facilities to produce maple syrup, and a greenhouse built from recycled and reused materials -- a new 89 space daycare centre was recently constructed, providing younger generations the chance for an early, hands-on understanding of nature and outdoor play
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto established a dedicated Green Fund to support ongoing green initiatives, help fund facility improvements and sustainable new building practices and environmental education initiatives, along with a range of workplace improvements to reduce its overall environmental impacts, including the installation of vehicle charging stations (some using solar power) with plans to expand
YMCA of Greater Toronto staff at the organization's Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre  

Highlights

Industry Individual and family services
Major Canadian locations Wellington ON, Dufferin ON, Durham ON, York ON, Peel ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,152
Part-time employees in Canada 1,605
Employee green team employee green teams (multiple teams comprised of employees, volunteers and members), environmental sustainability advisory council, environmental sustainability leadership team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives SVP of Property Management and Development
Formal strategy/policy name Green Commitments (part of the formal strategic plan, includes initiatives to enhance natural spaces, reduce water usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a dedicated Green Fund that is used for facility improvements for existing locations and ensuring that new locations incorporate sustainable design elements, providing environmental education and introducing sustainable workplace improvements)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Green Leaders (awareness training program hosted twice a year for employees and guests), program to naturalize playgrounds, maintains urban farming sites at other GTA locations including rooftop and balcony gardens, YMCA Guide to Environmental Leadership (a comprehensive document with educational materials and information on environmental sustainability specifically for youth; the guide contains a variety of activities based on themes and topics including, climate change, renewable energy, deforestation, urban air pollution and agriculture)
Noteworthy initiatives recently renovated YMCA Cedar Glen location features a 1-hectare certified organic garden, 2 honeybee apiaries, new maple syrup production, small orchard, and a greenhouse (the greenhouse is made mostly from recycled and reused materials) with produce used in its kitchens and from which members can purchase shares and receive a weekly basket of produce for pick-up and/or purchase at downtown locations between July through October
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, solar water heating, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, heat recovery from air and water, electric tap equipment (reduces line voltage and saves electricity coming into buildings), liquid pool covers, high-efficiency boilers, lighting retrofits, building automation systems, uses eco-friendly cleaning products (all EcoLogo Certified), naturalized playgrounds at many childcare centres, green roofs at multiple locations (designed and built by volunteer and also integrating accessibility considerations)
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries, ink cartridges, cellphones, furniture and fixture reuse initiatives, hazardous materials, organic vermicomposting (demonstration program for children and students)
Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations (partnership with Opus One Energy, includes solar power component), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Quest Canada (online energy monitoring initiative), Humber University (forest management partnership), University of Western Ontario (partnership with graduate-level students to study organic farming and alternative energy), University of Toronto (post-graduate students involved in urban agriculture and rooftop gardening initiatives), Live Green Toronto (City of Toronto program), Opus One (EV charging stations)

The Career Directory

YMCA of Greater Toronto has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
YMCA of Greater Toronto employees ran the 'Sweat for Good' exercise booth at an event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Individual and family services
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian locations Wellington ON, Dufferin ON, Durham ON, York ON, Peel ON, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Registered Early Childhood Educator, Youth Worker, Youth Job Specialist, Youth Advisor, Yoga Instructor, Team Leader, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Senior Outdoor Educator, Sales Representative, Personal Trainer, Newcomer Youth Advisor, Newcomer Information Referral Specialist, Job Skills Counsellor, Job Developer, Instructor, Swim Lessons, Youth Job Specialist, Early Childhood Assistant, Contact Centre Associate, Administrative Agent, Child and Family Development Supervisor, Sales Representative, Early Learning Facilitator, Instructor Group Fitness, Instructor, Youth Leadership Development, Human Recourses, Information Technology, Marketing
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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