York University
A view of Harry Arthurs Common at the heart of York University‚Äôs Keele campus  

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

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

  • York University manages a formal "ZeroWaste" program that captures household recyclables, batteries, e-waste, appliances, ink cartridges and more, diverting 69 per cent of waste from the landfill -- and through its "FreeStuff" program students can recycle by passing along their unwanted items
  • As part of their sustainable food sourcing initiatives, York University partnered with the Ontario Greenbelt Fund and Sysco Toronto to run the 100KM Food Hub pilot program, which aims to improve access to local products -- at present, over 30 per cent of the university's food services purchases are local, sustainable-certified, or Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance-certified
  • In addition to a range of alternative work options, York University encourages a mix of transportation options, hosting an annual Bike to York Day (and maintains three on-campus bike repair stations), two car-share operations, online carpool matching and preferred parking for poolers along with two new subway stations connecting the campus to the city
Employees of York University's faculty of environmental and urban change planted trees during a 'Red & White Day' event  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,815
Part-time employees in Canada 6,943
Employee green team President's Sustainability Council
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice-President Finance and Administration
Formal strategy/policy name The Green Office Program (to engage faculty, staff and students with office space on campus), York University Policy on Sustainability (est. 2011), sustainability strategy (launched in 2017)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Maloca Community Garden (over 2,000 square foot garden on the main campus), sustainability awareness events (includes lectures, exhibitions and interactive events), water refill stations throughout the campus (phased out sale of disposable water bottles in 2015), UNPLUG Campaign (to remind staff and students to shut down computer equipment), offers over 500 courses related to sustainability and the environment, focus on sustainable food sourcing (over 30% of food services purchases are local, sustainable certified, or Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance-certified), President's Sustainability Leadership Awards (recognize staff, students and faculty contributing to sustainability measures)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, numerous campus buildings have green roofs and rainwater recapture systems, new buildings constructed to meet LEED Gold certification, solar powered electric vehicle charging station, LED lighting retrofits (indoor and outdoor), water saving fixtures
Extended recycling formal ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program diverting 69% of waste from the landfill), FreeStuff (residence exchange program for students looking to pass on unwanted items), battery recycling program, e-waste, appliances, ink cartridges
Commuter amenities dedicated parking for carpoolers, shuttle bus service between campuses, shower facilities, 3 bicycle repair stations on campus, Zipcar and Enterprise car-sharing programs, Smart Commute (sponsors annual Bike to York Day, carpool matching services), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Earth Day (20-minute campus clean-up), weekly Farmers Market available throughout the academic year (in partnership with a student-run group), printing reduction strategies (includes paper sourcing and use of FSC certified paper, double-side printing and advocacy for use of electronic documents over print), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (participates in the widely used Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System / STARS program for measuring sustainability practices in post-secondary institutions), Ontario Greenbelt Fund and Sysco Toronto (partners for the 100KM Food Hub pilot program to improve access to local products)

The Career Directory

York University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
York University employees take a selfie during a staff event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training 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 Front-line, Customer Service, Reception, Administrative (various), Technical, and other similar roles
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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