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York Regional Police one of “Canada’s Top Employers for Young People” for 2020


February 12, 2020
By Staff

Social media and technology are changing the way young people expect to interact with their employers. That’s the message from this year’s winners of the Canada’s Top Employers for Young People competition, announced in mid-January by Mediacorp Canada Inc., organizers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.

“Employers are responding to a generation that has come of age with social media,” says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp. “With social media, everyone has a voice and feels empowered. There’s an expectation by young people that their workplace will be the same, that they can contribute and have an impact.”

Technology is also changing the way young people expect to interact with their employers, especially with the rise of ‘on-demand’ services like ride-sharing or food delivery.

“The best employers are changing the way they offer key benefits like training so that they are more ‘on-demand’ and let employees learn at their own speed,” says Stephanie Leung, Assistant Editor at Mediacorp. “Some even offer apps that allow employees to see where they stand with various workplace benefits and annual vacation allowance.”

York Regional Police is the only police service to make the list.

These are the points that caught the judges attention:

  • Employees working at York Regional Police’s head office can stay in shape with free access to a 24/7 onsite fitness facility that offers everything from defence tactics to yoga and tai chi classes, along with the services of an onsite wellness coordinator to provide personal consultations
  • As part of the organization’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workforce, York Regional Police maintains a diversity, equity and inclusion bureau and offers a number of in-house training on topics such as mental readiness, transgender awareness and Aboriginal cultural competency
  • York Regional Police invests in long-term career development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to a lifetime maximum of $7,500), opportunities for formal mentoring as well as in-house training and career planning services

The finalists chosen for Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2020) are an impressive group. This year’s winning employers:

  • created over 56,000 job opportunities in Canada for students and new graduates last year in summer employment, co-op placements and paid internships
  • hired over 19,000 new graduates for full-time positions in Canada last year
  • all offer a key benefit that younger employees particularly value: flexible work options, including flexible hours, telecommuting and paid personal days off
  • all support ongoing training and development to help young people advance in their careers – from tuition subsidies to bonuses for completing certain accreditations and courses

Now in its 18th year, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes employers offering the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers. Winners of the competition are chosen by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top Employers project on the basis of the programs and initiatives they offer to attract and retain younger workers. These include benefits such as tuition assistance and co-op or work-study programs. The editors also examine each employer’s mentorship and training programs, including benefits such as bonuses paid on completing trades or professional designations. The editors also review each employer’s career management program, looking for initiatives that help younger workers advance faster in the organization.

The full list of Canada’s Top Employers Young People (2020) is on the competition homepage.