March 31, 2015 (Toronto) – For the fifth year in a row, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.
“Diversity is a core value at CAMH and I am delighted that our strong commitment to creating an inclusive workplace has been recognized again this year,” said CAMH President and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn.
The Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
competition recognizes the nation’s leading organizations when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples.
Here are some of the reasons CAMH was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2015:
- exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 87 per cent of salary for 52 weeks) with an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- parental top-up to new fathers and adoptive parents (to 87 per cent of salary for 37 weeks). CAMH manages an onsite daycare facility employees can take advantage of when they are ready to return to work
- new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation, moving to seven weeks for long-serving employees
- CAMH helps employees plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees
- "Employment Works!", a unique program to help those who have experienced mental illness or addiction to access meaningful employment.
Employment Works! gave Stephen Lincoln, a Risk Management Coordinator at CAMH a foot in the door. He says “the very fact that CAMH opens its doors and embraces employing people with mental health and addiction issues has probably been the biggest thing for me.”
“I consider it a privilege and an honour to work for the staff at CAMH. “They are the experts and they’re deeply dedicated to our purpose, and to the people we serve. As an organization, we’ll continue to strive for a workplace that’s filled with optimism, opportunity and a oneness of purpose,” said Dr. Zahn.
For more information on CAMH’s health equity and diversity initiatives, click here.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in the field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.