100 Top Employers in Canada
I often write about Canada’s global reputation on various reports, rankings and lists but it’s just as important to honour those that are doing a good job here on Canadian soil. I’ve done this by featuring the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada 2012, the 30 Top Green Organizations in Canada According to Employee Engagement, the 55 Greenest Canadian Employers 2012, the 50 Top Diversity Employers in Canada 2012, the Top 50 Canadian CSR Business List and even the Top 500 Global Green Rankings. Today I’m continuing this thread by looking at Canada’s Top Employers for 2013 list.
The 2013 edition of this list celebrates the 14th year of this ranking that is based on the same eight criteria used to evaluate companies since the inception of the list: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere & Social; Health, Financial & Family Benefits; Vacation & Time Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training & Skills Development; and Community Involvement. Those eligible for the list must also have their “head office or principal place of business in Canada. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.”
You can read the complete list at Canada’s Top Employers for 2013 website and below I highlighted 10 of the top 100.
- 3M Canada Company, Other Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing, London, ON: They have plans that help prepare workers for retirement and they support new mothers with extended maternity leave coverage.
- Bank of Canada, Monetary Authorities – Central Bank, Ottawa, ON: They care about work life balance by allowing “flexible hours, telecommuting, and shortened and compressed work week options.”
- Bombardier Inc., Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing, Montréal, QC. One of the initiatives that earned them a spot on the list is “along with contributions to defined benefit or contribution plans (depending on employee group) employees can also share in the company’s overall success through a share purchase plan.”
- L’Oréal Canada Inc., Toiletry Product Manufacturing, Montréal, QC. They have a continuing education program called “”Akademia L’Oréal Canada”, [which gives] subsidies for professional accreditation, online courses, and international training in Paris and New York”
- Loblaw Companies Limited, Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores, Brampton, ON. They invest in recent graduates with their “fully-paid 18-month training program, where new graduates are hired with full pay and benefits and can go in to streams such as store management, supply chain, merchandising, marketing, finance, IT and human resources.”
- Molson Coors Canada, Breweries, Montréal, QC. Like others on the list they encourage continuing education and offer a subsidy of up to $5,000 a year for “professional accreditation, formal mentoring and career planning services.”
- Procter & Gamble Inc., Toiletry Product Manufacturing, Toronto, ON. They help the children of employees achieve a post-secondary education with academic scholarships, “these include ten annual university scholarships (to $2,000 each) and five annual college scholarships (to $1,000 each).”
- TD Bank Group, Commercial Banking, Toronto, ON. They were the first bank in Canada to create the position of and hire a Chief Environment Officer.
- TELUS Corporation, Wired Telecommunications Carriers, Vancouver, BC. They “support approximately 4,000 charitable and community organizations, the company hosts a unique annual “Day of Service” event to encourage employee volunteerism — employees across Canada are given one paid day off to volunteer in their communities.”
- University of Toronto, Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools, Toronto, ON. The university has made work-life balance a priority through “a variety of alternative work options including flexible hours, telecommuting and reduced summer hours, and phased-in retirement work options for those nearing the end of their careers.”
This list illustrates the best in Canadian employers and serves as a tool for other businesses and corporations to strive to achieve the same goals. Congratulations to the lists top 100 employers.
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