Lately, it seems like everyone has been piling on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Everyone, that is, except for the publisher that named them one of Canada’s top employers for 2011.
This year, TCHC nabbed a spot on a list of Canada’s top one hundred employers, put together annually by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a company that publishes employment guides, and runs a job-search website. TCHC was also on the list in 2009 and 2010.
Did you know that TCHC’s work atmosphere “is rated as above-average,” and that employees enjoy casual dress, and can listen to music while they work?
And did you know that TCHC has a social committee that “organizes a variety of cultural events, including an employee party during the Christmas season, a summer picnic and numerous cultural celebrations”? Actually, you probably did know that, because it was all detailed in a report by the City’s auditor general, released to the public on Monday, and pounced on by Mayor Ford as justification for a press conference shortly thereafter. These are some of very same perks that most of the Corporation’s citizen board just resigned over.
Other reasons for TCHC’s inclusion on the list include its excellent parental leave benefits (up to 93% of salary for a year), and its free health clinics for employees.
It is—seriously—great that TCHC was at least a really good place to work while all its questionable spending was going on. It would be doubly sad if money, chocolate, and parties were reserved for management while everyone else toiled away in galley-slave conditions. Employees at publicly funded corporations deserve to be treated well. But it would be better for appearances if TCHC could at least somehow demonstrate that they always take care of tenants before they take care of themselves.
Also on this year’s list: The City of Toronto.
Hat tip to Matt Elliott.