Ontario Public Service / OPS

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) :

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Public Service / OPS was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • OPS offers generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments to new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) -- employees also have priority placement for their children at the Queen's Park Child Care Centre along with a variety of alternative work options to help balance their professional and personal lives (dependent on their position)
  • Along with an incredible array of career possibilities at one the province's largest employers, the OPS manages a sponsored employee program, a unique volunteer opportunity for high potential employees to be seconded for up to 15 weeks to work for United Way (with regular pay)
  • OPS helps employees plan securely for life after work with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options when nearing retirement, a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)

Employer Background

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Peterborough ON, Thunder Bay ON, Kingston ON, Guelph ON
Full-time employees in Canada 61,698
Part-time employees in Canada 1,783
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 13%
Average age of employees in Canada 45.3
Longest serving employee 52 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features across the Ontario Public Service, employees work in a variety of settings, from small field offices in remote areas of Ontario to Queen's Park in the heart of downtown Toronto, the main Queen's Park location is comprised of a series of buildings around the Ontario Legislature, occupying close to two city blocks and providing almost 900,000 square feet of space, in 2005, the organization initiated a massive green-energy conversion project, which included a deep lake water cooling system that uses the waters of Lake Ontario to reduce cooling and heating costs, as well as improve the air quality of all buildings, the Queen's Park location features indoor and outdoor secure bicycle storage with shower facilities, a first aid and wellness resource centre, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, event space in the St. Lawrence Lounge
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, step, OPS personnel are volunteer instructors), weights, (fitness space is run by employees and funded by employees ($20 per month) with proceeds donated to charity)
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, access to weekly farmer's markets at the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto Eaton Centre Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events a variety of employee recognition celebrations, including the Amethyst Award, to recognize outstanding achievements, diversity celebrations, lunch and learn sessions, environmental awareness events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan note Ontario Public Service has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 14 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 60 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $340 every 2 years
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), health care spending account of up to $750 for some employees, Healthy Workplace, Healthy Mind mental health awareness campaign
Family-friendly benefits note Ontario Public Service has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note Ontario Public Service has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, "Amethyst Awards" to recognize outstanding employee achievement, local and ministry specific recognition and celebrations in various professional categories such as HR (HR Ontario Awards of Excellence), Communications (Spotlight Awards) and I&IT (IT Awards of Distinction), to name a few
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
Unique training & development programs accelerated leadership development, executive leadership development programs, diversity training and mentorship, internships for internationally trained individuals and engineers, internships for students and new grads in a variety of disciplines

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 17 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Federated Health Charities Campaign (included support for 16 health-related initiatives last year) and the United Way (campaigns across the province)
Community highlight OPS' philanthropic efforts are primarily focused on supporting health and community building initiatives. As part of the organization's support for the annual Untied Way campaign, OPS employees can direct their support to a particular region in the province. The OPS also manages a sponsored employee program, a unique volunteer opportunity for high potential employees to be seconded for up to 15 weeks to work for United Way (with regular pay).

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