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City of Toronto RESEARCH TRAINEE in Toronto, Ontario


  • Job ID: 44583

  • Job Category: Policy, Planning & Research

  • Division & Section: City Planning, CP Strategic Initiatives Policy&Analysis

  • Work Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street

  • Job Type & Duration: Full-time, Temporary (4 month) Vacancies

  • Hourly Rate: $20.17 - $22.10

  • Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

  • Affiliation: L79 Full-time

  • Number of Positions Open: 26

  • Posting Period: 12-Feb-2024 to 27-Feb-2024

Job Description

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 3 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Research Trainee working on the Toronto Employment Survey within our City Planning Division.

Work for the City Planning Division and help us understand how the City’s economy and land use are changing by doing field research. Use a tablet computer in the field to collect thousands of records of information on employment and land use that we use to plan the City’s future development and the services it offers.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participates in a field survey by gathering data from thousands of business establishments, buildings and properties in the City of Toronto for use in urban planning research and policy development, within the context of municipal planning and current planning issues in Ontario

  • Independently visits places of employment and other sites in all parts of the City and determines and records various characteristics, e.g. business name; number of employees; land use, employment activity; development and construction characteristics

  • Collects, enters and maintains data into the employment and land use databases using a tablet computer and GIS software in the field and in the office, edits and verifies material, and conducts on-site and telephone call-backs when necessary

  • Precisely follows procedures and works accurately and efficiently within strict time- frames, and keeps supervisors proactively advised of the status of the assigned work

  • Works independently and as a member of a team to complete the assigned tasks and collaborates with others to complete the project on schedule

  • Assists with packing, loading, lifting, moving, delivering and unpacking supplies, displays etc.

  • Assists others with drafting documents, bulletins etc. and data analysis.

  • Answers calls, provides general information, takes messages and directs inquiries to appropriate staff to answer questions/handle requests.

  • Assists in general office duties as required.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Currently enrolled in, and having completed, at least one year of a post-secondary educational degree program in Urban Planning or in Geography, GIS or Environmental Studies with an emphasis on urban and/or regional planning.

  2. Experience with using computers, preferably in a Windows environment.

  3. Experience with collecting and analyzing census and land use data.

  4. Experience in working with others and setting priorities to achieve team objectives.

You must also have:

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to interact with staff and clients in an efficient and diplomatic manner, both in person and over the phone.

  • Strong problem solving, organizational and multi-tasking skills

  • Ability to work under time constraints and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to collect, maintain, verify, and analyze data

  • Willingness to travel extensively throughout the City of Toronto and able to work cooperatively in a team environment.

  • Ability to carry a tablet computer with a weight of 2.5 kg for daily field survey work over many weeks.

Hybrid Work Program

The City of Toronto's Workplace Modernization Program is re-imagining how we work in our workplace. Its vision is to provide flexibility to our employees around how we work and where we work. It will also support a better work-life balance, improved job satisfaction and employee engagement. Improving the work experience is at the core of this program and everyone plays a significant role in its realization. We have introduced the Hybrid Work Program which supports amore modern and flexible way of working. The hybrid approach will allow us to keep the best of remote work while integrating the important aspects of in-person collaboration and team-work.


City of Toronto employees must apply to full-time or part-time employment opportunities posted on the City's Internal Job Posting Portal.

Note: The applicant pool from this job posting may be used for similar summer job opportunities in various divisions.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The City is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse residents that we serve. Learn more about the City’s commitment toemployment equity (https://jobs.toronto.ca/jobsatcity/content/Hiring-Policies-and-Statements/?locale=en_US) .


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request . Learn more about the City’sHiring Policies and Accommodation Process (https://jobs.toronto.ca/jobsatcity/content/Hiring-Policies-and-Statements/?locale=en_US) .