Canada's Top 100 Employers

Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual editorial competition that recognizes the best places in Canada to work. First held in 1999, the project aims to single out the employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional working conditions and progressive human resources policies. Winners are announced each October in The Globe and Mail newspaper.[1] From 1999 to 2006, the list was published as an annual paperback book in Canada. Beginning in 2007, the list and the editors' Reasons for Selection were published online each year. Beginning in 2014, the winners were also announced in a national magazine published in The Globe and Mail.[2] The competition is organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a specialty publisher of employment-related periodicals.

Selection Criteria

Employers are evaluated on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the competition was launched: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.[3] Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Selections are made by a team of editors, who publish detailed reasons for choosing each of the winners. Any employer, whether private or public sector, operating in Canada may apply to be considered. Applications are generally released each February and must be submitted to the editors approximately eight weeks later.

Regional & Special-Interest Competitions

Employers complete a single application to be considered for the national competition, as well as 18 regional and special-interest competitions managed with a variety of newspaper and magazine partners across Canada:

Competition Geographic Area Announced in Next Published First Published
Canada's Top 100 Employers National The Globe and Mail November 9, 2015 2001
Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (SME) National The Globe and Mail March 29, 2016 2014
Ten Best Companies to Work For National Financial Post December 3, 2015 2006
Canada's Top Employers for Young People National The Globe and Mail January 11, 2016 2002
Canada's Best Diversity Employers National The Globe and Mail February 24, 2016 2008
Canada's Greenest Employers National The Globe and Mail April 22, 2016 2008
Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers National The Globe and Mail March 2016 2002
Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 National The Globe and Mail April 2016 2002
British Columbia's Top Employers British Columbia The Vancouver Sun February 6, 2016 2005
Alberta's Top Employers Alberta Calgary Herald & Edmonton Journal February 3, 2016 2005
Saskatchewan's Top Employers Saskatchewan Leader-Post & The StarPhoenix February 3, 2016 2005
Manitoba's Top Employers Manitoba Winnipeg Free Press November 25, 2015 2006
Greater Toronto's Top Employers Greater Toronto Area The Globe and Mail (Metro ed.) December 8, 2015 2006
Waterloo Area's Top Employers Canada's Technology Triangle Waterloo Region Record & Guelph Mercury November 28, 2015 2007
Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers Hamilton, Burlington & Niagara Region The Hamilton Spectator November 20, 2015 2007
National Capital Region's Top Employers National Capital Region (Canada) Ottawa Citizen February 4, 2016 2005
Montreal's Top Employers Greater Montreal Montreal Gazette February 4, 2016 2005
Atlantic Canada's Top Employers Atlantic Canada Atlantic Business Magazine January 6, 2016 2010
Nova Scotia's Top Employers Nova Scotia The Chronicle-Herald December 8, 2015 2010

Related Projects

Since 2005, the organizers of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project have also hosted an annual editorial conference that brings together all the writers, editors and organizers of the various competitions. This event, called the Top Employer Summit, is nation's Canada's largest annual event for senior-level human resources professionals. Speakers at this editorial conference have included: Bill Clinton (2015), Ashley Judd (2014), Hillary Clinton (2013), Chantal Kreviazuk (2012), Romeo Dallaire (2011), Sidney Poitier (2010), Mia Farrow (2009), Muhammad Yunus (2008), Harry Belafonte (2008), Al Gore (2007), Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (2006), Peter Mansbridge (2005), and Richard Bolles (2004).[4]

The publishing firm that manages the Canada's Top 100 Employers project also operates, a widely used[5] job search engine in Canada that lets job-seekers find vacancies at winning employers.


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