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From extra paid-vacation days to added help in buying new homes, here are Vaughan’s five employers that made it in the Greater Toronto Area’s top 100 employers list for 2022, announced recently by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
1 – Alectra gives $400 healthy living reimbursement
If the power goes out, Vaughan residents need to check with Alectra Utilities Inc. as it’s the city’s local power provider.
What made Alectra get on the list is its annual wellness strategy and how it offers its employees a $400 healthy living reimbursement, which can be applied to any health or fitness-related purchase such as equipment or classes.
Alectra also helps students and new grads gain some work experience through co-op opportunities and in-house apprenticeships for various roles.
It even subsidizes in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment of up to $12,500 for those who want to start a family.
2 – CRH offers financial perks
Based in Concord, CRH Canada is one of the largest materials and construction companies in the nation.
CRH offers a number of helpful financial perks and benefits including year-end bonuses, referral bonuses (up to $1,000), discounted home and auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, and subsidized home internet to its employees.
It also helps the next generation talent by gaining career-level experience through summer employment and co-op placements in different disciplines.
3 – KPMG offered six additional paid vacation days
KPMG is a company that deals with audit, tax and advisory services. Recently, it has put down roots in Vaughan’s emerging downtown area also known as Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
KPMG offers a personal care time and a Summer Shakeup initiative, which had six additional paid vacation days in 2021 along with an extended break for the Canada Day long weekend. All of this is to relieve its employees in time of the pandemic.
The company also offers new parents-to-be a generous adoption subsidy (to $20,000) and supports new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100 per cent of salary for 17 weeks).
At the VMC, KMPG occupies the upper six floors with more than 700 employees in a 365,000-square-foot office building.
4 – Mattamy Homes helps employees becoming homeowners
Mattamy Homes is one of the industry-leading home builders with communities throughout the United States and Canada. The Mattamy Homes GTA Divisional Office is in Vaughan.
What makes Mattamy interesting is that it helps its employees become homeowners through an employee home ownership program that offers a cash payment up to 4.5 per cent of the purchase price of a company-built home (to a maximum of $40,000).
Mattamy Homes also gives support to new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 70 per cent of salary for 15 weeks — and lets employees extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence.
5 – Siemens Canada offers three weeks of paid vacation
The Munich-headquartered multinational engineering and electronics company has its GTA office in Vaughan.
Siemens Canada starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation and considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlement for more experienced candidates.
Siemens Canada, which has quickly pivoted to remote work arrangement in time of the pandemic, encouraged its employees to borrow ergonomic office chairs and computer monitors for their home offices — and has helped subsidize some of the additional costs incurred by employees. The company made more than $3.4 million in payments to employees across the country in the first year of the pandemic.
Siemens Canada also has signing bonuses for some employees and referral bonuses of up to $3,000.
To date, 2,100 Siemens Canada volunteers have dedicated 4,200 volunteer hours to plant more than 15,000 trees. In addition, Siemens Canada has contributed a total of $444,000 toward Tree Canada’s Partners in Planting program.