Winners from our 9th annual editorial competition
Illustration by Alex Belomlinsky

About the Competition


Laure Goubau Hart addressing a student diversity conference at McCarthy Tetrault

Background

Now entering its 10th year, Canada's Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: (a) Women; (b) Members of visible minorities; (c) Persons with disabilities; (d) Aboriginal peoples; and (e) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples. This competition replaced our two annual rankings of the top employers for women and visible minorities, which we published as an appendix to our book between 2002 and 2007, when the present competition was launched.

Selection Process

To determine this year's winners of the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition, Mediacorp editors reviewed diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at employers that applied for the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. From this overall applicant pool, a smaller short-list of employers with noteworthy and unique diversity initiatives was developed. The short-listed candidates' programs were then compared to those of other employers in the same field. The finalists chosen represent the diversity leaders in their industry and region of Canada.


Employee at CAMH / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto

Editorial Partner

The Globe and Mail is our editorial partner on the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition. Each year, we co-publish a large national magazine announcing the winners, which appears in The Globe. This year's print magazine was published in The Globe on February 24, 2016.


Employees at the University of British Columbia watching a panel discussion on "Ruling Out Racism"

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. Each applicant must have an interesting initiative for at least one of the five above diversity groups covered by this competition.

2017 Competition

Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in The Globe and Mail early in 2017. To receive an application for next year's competition, employers should join our mailing list:

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.


Employee using wheelchair-accessible door at Ontario Public Service, one of this year's winners
Employee using wheelchair-accessible door at Ontario Public Service, one of this year's winners

Introduction

Today, as refugees from Syria and many other countries arrive on our shores, Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2016 are showing how to welcome them into the workplace. These employers are leaders in creating an inclusive environment where individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds are recognized and valued for who they are at work, setting an example not only for Canadian business but also organizations around the world. In reflecting the diversity of the people who make up Canada – including new immigrants, aboriginals, LGBTQ employees and those with disabilities – these organizations also reap the benefits, becoming stronger and more innovative through the addition of fresh voices.

For instance, Rogers Communications Inc. partners with the Career Bridge internship program to provide employment opportunities to internationally educated professionals; Accenture Inc. maintains a global Persons with Disabilities Champions program, which is focused on workplace accommodations; and BC Hydro encourages managers to hire skilled newcomers at junior-level positions, providing a defined career advancement plan, including timelines for performance and development reviews.

Kristina Leung, senior editor of Canada's Top 100 Employers, notes that employers continue to have conversations about diverse groups outside of those captured by the competition, such as those with "invisible" disabilities like mental health issues, cognitive and learning disabilities, and persons with lived experience of addiction. Examples include Ryerson's mental health policy lens and advisory committee and Sodexo's Willow Bean Café, which provides opportunities for persons with mental health issues to gain practical work experience. Additionally, a growing number of employers, such as Mount Sinai Hospital and Dentons Canada, are further addressing LGBT awareness and inclusion issues by creating formal gender transition policies for the workplace.

In promoting inclusiveness and diversity though their workplaces, these Canadian employers represent Canada at its best.

2016 Winners

Here are 2016 winners of the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

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