The list of the Great Toronto Area's top employers for 2019 was just revealed and post-secondary institutions cleaned up. Some of the city's top schools earned recognition on the Top 100 list that is released every year.
The competition looks at the physical workplace, social atmosphere, benefits, vacation, employee performance, communication, and community involvement at each major company in the GTA. Out of all the potential employers in the Toronto area, five of Ontario's colleges and universities made the cut.
In terms of universities, both Ryerson and the University of Toronto were recognized among the Top 100 employers. Ryerson was specifically praised for their location in the heart of downtown and amenities. Employees have access to numerous restaurants and the school's state of the art fitness facilities. They were also chosen because of their retirement planning and mental health programs.
U of T, on the other hand, was chosen for their great policies and programs. They were recognized for their retirement planning and pension benefits. They were also acknowledged for their transit initiatives to limit congestion in the city including having a shuttle bus. Finally, they were chosen because of their generous parental leave options and on-sight daycare facilities for families.
Also making the list were three local colleges - Seneca, George Brown, and Durham College. Durham made the list for a number of reasons including their paid leave and employee development programs.
They were also recognized for giving employees access to their state of the art fitness centre and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. What sets this school apart from others on the list is also their annual employee retreat with the president.
Like Durham College, George Brown was also recognized for the amenities available to employees, like their fitness centre, and also their professional development options. One of their highlights that was different however was their parental leave options for families.
Seneca College was recognized for a lot of their programs and policies that are similar to other schools. Like many colleges, they were praised for their amenities and fitness centre that employees have access to.
Like others, their parental leave options and payments were also recognized. What sets them apart is they have a specific Retirees Association meant to help their employees prepare for and transition into retirement.
Universities and colleges weren't the only ones to make the list of Top 100 GTA employers. Banks like CIBC, RBC, and TD all made the list as well. Other companies receiving recognition this year also include Canadian Tire, Rogers, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and Sick Kids, among others.