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Canada’s Top Employers continue to raise the bar on workplace innovation

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It is often said that people are the greatest asset of any company. For many, it is just a slogan, but Canada's Top 100 Employers 2019 live according to those words.

These companies and organizations build exceptional workplaces with a series of progressive and innovative programs that make life better for their people. All winners are leaders in their sector and capable of attracting and retaining top talent, but that kind of success does not happen without dedicated efforts. An important distinguishing factor is that these employers invest in the personal growth of their employees by offering permanent learning and career development opportunities. This not only means that people are valued, but also directly translates into helping employees become more involved and more productive.

Typically, all of this year's Top 100 offer a variety of opportunities, from leadership training and formal mentoring to experiential initiatives such as Ceridian's career exploration program that allows employees to participate in job rotation, give a colleague a job, or to exchange another employee with another employee.

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A large number of employers provide tuition fees for courses that are followed at external institutions, sometimes without a maximum amount or even when those courses are not directly related to the job. Most also benefit from technology to increase their reach for employees by offering internal and online training to improve skills. For example, 3M Canada offers interactive online training, live sessions with virtual instructors, video & # 39; s and panel discussions during a special development month.

The 100 best employers in Canada are also groundbreaking when it comes to employee benefits. In line with the recently extended maternity and parental leave policy of the federal government to 18 months, both the city of Toronto and the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union introduced combined maternity and child-rearing losses for 78 weeks, as well as extending the parental leave portion for new fathers and adoptive parents. This is just one example of how the best continues to raise the bar.


While the selection process to choose the winners of the best employers in Canada is constantly evolving with new questions reflecting changes in the workplace, the underlying methodology has not changed significantly since the project began in 2000. The competition is and remains a catalog of best practices.

To select the winners, the editors of Canada & # 39; s Top 100 employers compare the policies of each organization with others in their sector and region. see if they are a leader. The application of each employer is assessed on the basis of strict criteria in eight main areas: 1) physical workplace; 2) working atmosphere and social; 3) health, financial and family allowances; 4) vacation and leisure; 5) communication with employees; 6) performance management; 7) training and skills development; and 8) community involvement.

Top 100 employers in Canada is an annual national competition. Any employer with head office or principal place of business in Canada can be of any size regardless of whether it is private or public.

Top 100 employers in Canada 2019

3M Canada Co., London, Ont. Technology production; 1,902 employees. Encourages learning with a special development month per year with interactive online training, live guided virtual sessions, video & # 39; s and panel discussions.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN, Winnipeg. Television broadcasts; 138 employees. Established a dedicated committee to focus on increasing the long-term involvement of employees.

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Accenture Inc., Toronto. Management consulting; 4,864 employees. Started the initiative & # 39; Skills to Satch & # 39; in 2010, an international effort to help individuals develop the necessary skills for work.

AccorHotels, Toronto. hotels; 9,688 employees. Supports the development of employees with tuition fees for courses that are related to and not directly related to their current position.

ACL Services Ltd., Vancouver. Customized programming of the computer; 255 employees. Maintains a formal & # 39; bring your children to work policy to help parents manage childcare emergencies.

Adobe Systems Canada Inc., Ottawa. Software publishers; 305 employees. Incorporated employee feedback in an update of its physical work environment, including sit-stand workstations and collaboration spaces.

Agriculture Financial Services Corp. / AFSC, Lacombe, Alta. Financial services; 522 employees. Offers tailor-made courses in the field of pension planning, phased retirement options and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension.

Air Canada, Saint-Laurent, Que. Air transport; 26,714 employees. Supports a number of charities and initiatives aimed at the health and well-being of children through the Air Canada Foundation.

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Alberta Health Services / AHS, Edmonton. Healthcare; 46.765 employees. Maintains a special health and wellness action plan to support healthy and resilient employees.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P., Hamilton. Iron and steel factories; 10,430 employees. Offers a full package of financial benefits, including signing bonuses for some employees, profit sharing and end-of-year bonuses for everyone.

Bank of Canada, Ottawa. Central bank; 1,717 employees. Hosted its third annual employee conference, which was attended by nearly 1,400 employees.

BASF Canada Inc., Mississauga. Chemical production; 799 employees. Manages a 24-month rotating professional development program for students and recent graduates.

BC Public Service Victoria. Provincial government; 28,452 employees. Recognizes outstanding employees thanks to the long-standing Premier & # 39; s Innovation and Excellence Awards program

Bell Canada, Verdun, Que. communication; 38,613 employees. Comprehensive coverage for mental health services as part of the health benefits plan for employees.

Best Buy Canada Ltd., Burnaby, B.C. Retailer; 5,656 employees. Organizes social events throughout the year, including quarterly off-site celebrations and an annual performing event in Hawaii to recognize top employees.

Canada Revenue Agency / CRA, Ottawa. Federal government; 41,665 employees. Offers a number of internal training opportunities, including an annual Learning Expo and unique video-driven mentoring.

Canadian Heritage, Gatineau. Federal government; 1,938 employees. Helps students and new graduates to gain career experience with summer jobs and internships at museums and related heritage and cultural organizations.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd., Chalk River, Ont. Nuclear energy technology and engineering; 3,307 employees. Retains a unique employees Moreel Fund for senior staff to reward employees with meals or gifts or to plan parties.

Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., Toronto. Retail; 65,000 employees. Provides referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks.

Cargill Ltd., Winnipeg. Food and agricultural products; 7,768 employees. Provides staff with subsidized access to an on-site fitness facility that includes massage services.

CBCL Ltd., Halifax. engineering; 286 employees. Offers new mothers the opportunity to extend their leave to an unpaid leave.

Ceridian HCM Inc., Toronto. Payroll; 1,633 employees. Provides a dedicated career planning program to help employees learn more about internal career opportunities.

Children & # 39; s Aid Society of Toronto, Toronto. Services for children and young people; 792 employees. Provides a health expenditure account as part of the health benefits plan, allowing employees to supplement coverage based on their personal needs.

CIBC, Toronto. Banking; 36,203 employees. Builds a new global headquarters including a conference center, one hectare of green space, on-site fitness facilities and dining in the style of a market

Cisco Systems Canada Co., Toronto. Computer and equipment production; 1,741 employees. Improved family-friendly benefits, increasing maternity leave and providing parental leave for fathers and adoptive parents.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, The, Vancouver. Professional organizations; 127 employees. Offers flexible work arrangements to help employees balance work and personal life.

CWB National Leasing Inc., Winnipeg. Sales financing; 390 employees. Keep employees informed and up-to-date on company news with "Pardon the Interruption" lunches every two months.

Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins Lévis. Que. Credit union; 39,587 employees. Increased holiday allowance at the start for all employees up to four weeks.

Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., Toronto. architecture; 206 employees. Encourages fun with a summer family picnic on the island of Toronto, a paid day of skiing and snowshoeing and an annual cake trial contest.

Digital Extremes Ltd., London, Ont. Software publishers; 275 employees. Features a commercial kitchen and dining room at the main office with five full-time kitchen staff who prepare healthy meals and special treats every day.

Emera Inc., Halifax. Electricity generation and distribution and gas distribution; 2,433 employees. Corresponds to donations from employees to charitable organizations through the Dollars for Doers initiative.

Export Development Canada, Ottawa. International trade finance and support; 1,560 employees. Hosts an annual employee conference with a keynote speaker and TED-style presentations of 15 minutes by employees.

Fidelity Canada, Toronto. Portfolio management; 995 employees. Manages a unique innovation program from Voice of the Employee to encourage employee feedback

Ford Motor Co. from Canada, Ltd., Oakville, Ont. Automobile production; 7,869 employees. Offers academic scholarships for employees with university and university-bound children.

Graham Group, Calgary. Construction; 1,118 employees. Encourages employees to keep their skills up-to-date through a variety of training initiatives, from apprenticeships and professional programs to leadership development

Hatch Ltd., Mississauga. engineering; 2,901 employees. Organizes a unique subsidized Hatch Kids Camp for employee children to help families manage their time during the break of March.

Hospital for sick children, Toronto. hospitals; 5,852 employees. Recognizes exceptional performance and performance through a number of profession-specific awards, including the Daisy Award to recognize nurses

House of Commons Administration, Ottawa. Legislative bodies; 1.845. Offers employees the benefit of on-site childcare when they are ready to return after parental leave.

Innovatia Inc., Saint John. Software developer; 290 employees. Encourages employees to recruit their friends through a new bonus program for employees.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Ottawa. Federal government; 5,184 employees. Provides a short-term experience program to offer employees opportunities to experience new and diverse work.

Intact Financial Corp., Toronto. Insurance; 11.750 employees. Fits charity donations from employees and offers paid leave as a volunteer.

Irving Oil, Saint John. Petroleum refining, distribution and retail; 2,762 employees. Maintains a dedicated alumni association to encourage retirees to stay connected.

ISM Canada, Regina. Customized programming of the computer; 788 employees. Follows the "Think 40" concept, developed by the parent company, IBM Canada, which encourages employees to complete 40 hours of professional development every year.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., Montreal. Property management; 1,039 employees. Offers discounts on products and services organized by the company, ranging from car rental to fitness membership.

K + S Potash Canada GP, Saskatoon. Fertilizer production; 425 employees. Offers a unique PLUS + time program, which offers employees 40 hours a year to be used for family appointments, care for the elderly or personal time.

Keurig Canada Inc., Montreal. Coffee distribution and brewing equipment; 1,401 employees. Offers flexible working hours, telecommuting and reduced summertime, together with three weeks of holiday allowance

Keyera Corp., Calgary. Extraction of crude oil and natural gas; 991 employees. Encourages employees to be physically active with employee-led sports teams and a wellness expense account.

KPMG LLP, Toronto. Accounting; 7,081 employees. Appointed his first senior mental health official, focused on supporting and embedding the company's mental health strategy and developing a national network of mental health champions.

L & # 39; Oréal Canada Inc., Montreal. Cosmetics production; 1,462 employees. Offers the benefit of onsite childcare after parental leave.

Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd., Toronto. breweries; 3,461 employees. Keeps employees connected and up-to-date via monthly town halls, quarterly pub meetings and the annual National Commercial Conference.

Left of the Dot Media Inc., Maple Ridge, B.C. Software development; 36 employees. Offers a pet-friendly policy that allows employees to bring their dogs to work (but only one per day).

Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Supermarkets and supermarkets; 32,448 employees. Helps students and new graduates to gain relevant experience at work level with co-placements and paid internships.

Mars Inc., Bolton, Ont. Food production; 1,454 employees. Maintains the Mars Ambassador program to provide employees with opportunities to work on short-term assignments at partner organizations around the world.

Mattamy Homes Ltd., Toronto. Property; 1,336 employees. Manages a Finance Leadership Development program for recent graduates.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto. Law firm; 1,400 employees. Organizes Employee Appreciation Week celebrations in all offices of each year, including a healthy breakfast served by partners in the company.

Modern Niagara Group Inc., Kanata, Ont. engineering; 2,149 employees. Offers a range of opportunities for skill development, from in-house apprenticeships and skilled vocational programs to leadership symposiums.

Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver. Retail; 1,043 employees. Offers a generous tuition fee program for courses related to and not directly related to the current position of the employee.

Médecins Sans Frontières / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada, Toronto. Medical aid organization; 265 employees. Offers opportunities for formal mentoring and grants for professional accreditation.

National Energy Board, Calgary. Federal government; 483 employees. Provides head office staff access to an onsite fitness facility managed by the internal "FIT Committee" and instructor-led lessons.

Nature & # 39; s Path Foods Inc., Richmond, B.C. Food production; 186 employees. Has established a zero waste goal and maintains an organic garden managed by the employee on location

NAV Canada, Ottawa. Air traffic control; 5,113 employees. Provides a health expenditure account and a separate expenditure overview for wellness as part of the health benefits plan.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Toronto. Law firm; 1,620 employees. Reaches to the next generation through summer jobs and co-op opportunities.

OpenText Corp., Waterloo, Ont. Customized programming of the computer; 1,713 employees. Provides adjustable workstations and stationary bike and treadmill workstations at their headquarters to promote healthy working.

PCL Constructors Inc., Edmonton. Construction; 2,828 employees. Provides fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba on site and a separate fitness credit.

Pembina Pipeline Corp., Calgary. Natural gas distribution; 1,554 employees. Offers contributions to defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans, as well as an associated RRSP program.

PepsiCo Canada, Mississauga. Soft drinks and food industry; 10.699 employees. Maintains an extensive national community strategy and organizes an annual volunteer campaign to encourage employees to dedicate their time to local charities.

Pfizer Canada Inc., Kirkland, Que. Pharmaceutical production; 1,818 employees. Offers health benefits that extend to retirees, with 100% premiums paid and no age limit.

Procter & Gamble Inc., Toronto. Production of consumer products; 1,657 employees. Provides initiatives to promote health and well-being, including an annual assessment of health risks & awareness events in the field of mental health

R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd., Burnaby, B.C. engineering; 192 employees. Provides a health expenditure account that can be used to supplement the existing coverage levels.

Rio Tinto, Montreal. Diversification of mining and metals; 10,333 employees. Offers a variety of internal and online training, including access to the Rio Tinto College with more than 3000 online training modules.

Rogers Communications Inc., Toronto. Telecommunications, cable, publication and subscription programming; 21,631 employees. Features quiet zones, interactive spaces and access to the latest technology in its unique design of the workspace.

Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto. Banking; 52,575 employees. Offers a purchased holiday option that allows employees to purchase up to 20 days of extra holiday time when needed.

Salesforce, Toronto. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) services; 1,335 employees. Abolished a formal annual review and developed an internal feedback app that encourages monthly two-way feedback between employees and managers.

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., Mississauga. Communication equipment production; 572 employees. Integrates the recognition into its corporate culture via the online "U r Awesome" platform, with which employees can nominate, recognize and reward their colleagues.

SAP Canada Inc., Vancouver. Customized programming of the computer; 3,307 employees. Offers profit sharing and end-of-year bonus program that are available to all employees.

SaskTel, Regina. telecommunications; 3,000 employees. Has its own fitness facility managed by an internal committee that is open 24/7 and allows employees to bring in family members outside working hours.

Schneider Electric Canada Inc., Mississauga. Industrial automation and control; 2,614 employees. Offers paid personal days that can be used at the discretion of employees to balance their daily lives.

Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd., Charlottetown. Medical diagnostic products; 135 employees. Wanted employee feedback at the redesign and renovation of the head office.

Shopify Inc., Ottawa. Software; 2,903 employees. Provides daily lunch for employees, along with snacks such as fresh fruit, trail mix, yogurt, ramen, chips, chocolate and candy

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. universities; 3,028 employees. Manages an onsite daycare that employees can use when returning from parental leave.

Stryker Canada Inc., Dundas, Ont. Medical equipment and supplies wholesale; 368 employees. Supports prospective parents with a subsidy for IVF if necessary.

Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary. Extraction of crude oil and natural gas; 11,590 employees. Offers volunteer prices for employees and pensioners who are active in their local community.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto. hospitals; 7,450 employees. Offers staged work options to help employees transition to retirement.

TD Bank Group, Toronto. Banking; 46,871 employees. Maintains partnerships with a number of leading business schools in Canada.

Teck Resources Ltd., Vancouver. Mining; 7,914 employees. Supports a number of local, national and international community and charitable initiatives with funding through multi-year partnerships

Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd., Toronto. publishers; 1,397 employees. Encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan, available to all employees.

Toronto, City of, Toronto. Municipal government; 22,009 employees. Introduced combined maternity and parental leave to 75 percent of the salary over 78 weeks, as well as extending the parental leave portion for new fathers and adoptive parents to 75 percent for 63 weeks.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC, Cambridge, Ont. Automobile production; 8,767 employees. Offers a variety of on-site amenities such as a fitness center, an employee lounge, a quiet room, outdoor hiking trails, sports facilities and a communal garden.

Ubisoft Canadian Studios Toronto. Software publishers; 4,482 employees. Allows current employees to submit an application for temporary assignments to other Ubisoft studios over a period of a certain time worldwide.

University of New Brunswick / UNB, Fredericton. universities; 1,752 employees. Connects pensioners through a special retired employee organization that helps members with health benefits and a collective voice at the university.

University of Toronto, Toronto. universities; 9,809 employees. Serves three-pole shuttle bus services, carpool and carpool programs, supports the non-profit cycling organization Bikechain and has a greening-the-fleet program.

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont. universities; 5,355 employees. Launched a unique Volunteer Center to involve students and employees in matters that are most important to them.

Université de Montréal, Montreal. universities; 5,366 employees. Offers free access to conferences on campus and a variety of internal training programs & # 39; s and waivers of tuition fees for employees.

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver. Credit unions; 2,147 employees. Contributes to a defined benefit plan and a non-matching RRSP plan, with an option for employees to make a contribution.

Verafin Inc., St. John & # 39; s. Specialized financial software; 303 employees. Offers a unique no-limit holiday policy where free time is officially unlimited and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Vidéotron Ltée, Montreal. Communication, cable and subscription programming; 5,365 employees. Investing in continuous development of employees with tuition fees for courses that are followed at external institutions.

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Vancouver. sawmills; 5,680 employees. Reaches to the next generation through its pioneering training program "New and Young Worker" and ongoing collaboration with the College of New Caledonia.

World Vision Canada, Mississauga. Charitable organizations; 488 employees. Offers employees the opportunity to travel and work at their field locations for a maximum of two years.

Xerox Canada Ltd., Toronto. Computer equipment manufacturing; 2,511 employees. Manages the Xerox Employee Initiated Philanthropy program to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations where employees regularly spend their time.

Yukon, government of, Whitehorse. Territorial government; 4,361 employees. Offers a generous annual allowance for travel allowance to eligible employees.

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