What Can Toronto’s Best Employers Offer You?

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Whether you’re in the market to switch employers or you’re just about to hit the trail looking for your first job, why not look into one of Toronto’s best employers? Mediacorp Canada have produced a list of the 100 best places to work in the Greater Toronto Area. The competition resulted in almost 100 companies in Toronto and the surrounding area making the cut. Although most of the emphasis is put on what you can offer an employer, you also should consider what an employer can offer you. Don’t forget that the art of searching out the perfect job is a two-way street.

What’s important to you?

There are an amazing number of company perks offered to employees, and this article can only highlight some of the more important ones various companies offer to their workers. Perhaps your dream employer has a company gym or daycare on site. Maybe you want to work from home. Or perhaps you want to work for an organization that is committed to training its employees — there are a myriad of ways a company can entice you to work for it.

What kind of perks do companies offer?

Here are just a few of the great benefits offered by some companies and workplaces in the GTA, sorted by industry.

Health industry

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health gives new employees three weeks of paid vacation.
  • Medtronic of Canada provides free access to a fully-equipped fitness facility.
  • The Ontario Medical Association pays 85% salary to employees who need compassionate leave to care for a loved one.
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has four secure bike cages to encourage you to leave your car at home.

Financial industry

  • BMO Financial Group has a Diversity Renewal Council to help build an inclusive work environment.
  • Capital One Bank offers employees a subsidy for in vitro fertilization up to $15,000.
  • Fidelity Investments Canada offers its employees a profit-sharing plan.
  • Scotiabank has an Ideas In Action program which offers employees an opportunity to share suggestions to improve productivity and reduce costs, offering up to $10,000 for ideas.

Universities and colleges

  • George Brown Colleges lets new moms, dads, or adoptive parents extend their parental leave into an unpaid leave of absence.
  • Ryerson University has an on-site daycare centre.
  • The University of Toronto offers daycare facilities at each campus, plus a daycare subsidy of up to $2000 per child attending off-site daycare.

Government

  • The Halton Regional Municipality participates in Sheridan College’s work placement program, giving international students an opportunity to get Canadian work experience.
  • The Ontario Public Service continues its health benefits for retirees.
  • The City of Toronto offers paid internships and co-op programs.

Manufacturing

  • Mars Canada, a food manufacturer in Bolton provides a “doggie courtyard” for when you bring your best friend to work.
  • Mattel Canada organizes a Valentine’s Day archery event, casino-style holiday party, and Barbie sleepover events for its staff and families.

Many other companies offer special benefits for staff:

  • Loblaw Companies’ head office has a meditation and prayer room;
  • Intelex Technology offers a company retreat to Muskoka annually and caters breakfast every Thursday;
  • Proctor & Gamble offers its employees an online training program with over 600 courses available; and
  • SAP Canada offers signing, referral, and year-end bonuses for all its employees.

Although a company perk may not be as important as the salary offered, it’s still a factor for you to consider when making a decision to accept a position. Don’t be afraid to ask about what perks and benefits your future employer brings to the table during your job interview or when being offered a position.

Susan Pratt has a certificate in journalism and has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Mississauga News, and online on the Alphabird site, plus she has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources.

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