Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at ErinoakKids
ErinoakKids proudly serves families living in Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton and Orangeville – some of the country’s most diverse communities.
We celebrate an inclusive environment which welcomes and respects the differences of our clients and their families, employees, volunteers and community partners.
Our focus on ensuring an integrated approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace means we incorporate meaningful practices, policies and processes in all aspects of the work we do. We value the unique background, experiences, skills and talent of our staff – all of which help us to be more creative, innovative, and continuously improve the care and the client family experience.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
ErinoakKids is proud to be an Employer Partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), providing staff with educational and training resources that will support our ongoing efforts to deliver and enhance our diversity and inclusion initiatives.
As an ErinoakKids employee, staff have access to education webinars, toolkits, research, reports and other DEI resources to learn about best practices that staff will be able to apply and incorporate into all aspects of their role.
ErinoakKids Workplace Culture Committee
Our Workplace Culture Committee is comprised of staff representing various departments across the organization, who champion and model ErinoakKids’ desired culture and values, helping create a positive, respectful and inclusive work environment for staff, clients and families.
They provide support, advice and recommendations with the goal of bringing our desired culture and values to life, respecting and fostering engagement, and supporting the development and sustainability of a high-performance and client-serving organization.
We offer competitive pay scales that reflect the healthcare/not-for-profit sectors, and conduct annual salary reviews. Part-time employees have the option to join in the benefit package or receive a percentage of their salary in lieu of benefits.
Competitive Health Benefits
- Shared extended healthcare plan that includes 100% reimbursement for prescription drugs, hospital care, emergency medical expenses outside the province, various medical services and equipment, and paramedical services.
- Dental plan which offers 100% coverage for basic services.
- Healthcare spending account.
- Group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, all covered 100% by ErinoakKids.
- Short-term and long-term disability plan.
- Paid sick days for permanent full- and part-time employees.
Paid Vacation & Float Days
- Vacation entitlement dependent on position and years of service.
- In addition to paid vacation and regular statutory holiday pay, ErinoakKids offers three paid float days per year to permanent full-time employees.
Industry Leading Pension Plan – HOOPP
ErinoakKids’ defined pension plan is offered through the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). This plan is mandatory for all full-time employees and optional for part-time staff.
Maternity/Parental Leave Top-Up
ErinoakKids tops up the amount of money a permanent part-time or full-time employee receives through employment insurance. This top-up payment effectively brings the employee’s remuneration while on pregnancy or parental/adoption leave to 70% of the employee’s base salary for a maximum period equivalent to 15 weeks.
Other Total Rewards Benefits
- An optional Group Retirement Savings Plan
- Reimbursement for certain expenses required under the terms of employment with ErinoakKids (e.g. workshops, travel, additional approved supplies)
- Bereavement Benefits
WorkPerks® program gives employees access to over 1,200 perks with discounts for brand name stores, local shops, tickets, restaurants and more.
Rewards & Recognition
Every year, ErinoakKids formally recognizes and celebrates employees that have contributed 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 years of continuous service.
Professional Development Program
ErinoakKids supports professional development opportunities for employees at all levels of the organization, contributing to enhanced job performance, self-development and increased professional competence.
ErinoakKids is a busy place! Whether it’s a staff celebration, fundraising event, or client & family event, there are many ways to get involved. These events include:
- Fundraisers and volunteer opportunities
- Annual staff BBQ
Employee Health & Wellness
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, third-party and voluntary support service that can assist employees in meeting a variety of life problems and challenges. All ErinoakKids employees, spouses/partners and dependent children living at home are eligible for its services.
Early and Safe Return to Work Program
ErinoakKids is committed to providing a safe workplace for employees. We will make every reasonable effort to provide suitable Return to Work opportunities for any staff member who is injured or becomes ill and is unable to perform normal work duties. Where feasible, ErinoakKids will provide temporary alternate work, depending on the employee’s abilities and ErinoakKids resources.
Recognizing the musculoskeletal risks for many who work in a healthcare environment, ErinoakKids has an excellent service in place to proactively address employees’ needs.
Making a Difference
Read some of the stories about the impact of ErinoakKids on the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families. As a staff member at ErinoakKids, the work you do matters!