Winners from our 17th annual editorial competition
Staff at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, taking part in Haida canoe-blessing ceremony

About the Competition

TD Bank employees making their communities a little greener.


Now entering its 18th year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project is a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Our 2017 winners were announced on November 7, 2016 in a special magazine feature in The Globe and Mail. Our press release issued the same day provides additional background on this year's competition.

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project’s inception: (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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Air traffic controller working at NAV Canada's flight control tower in Vancouver.

Editorial Partner

Each fall, the winners are announced in a special feature published in The Globe and Mail. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is a distinguishing feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and “raises the bar” so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well elsewhere.

Employees at Hatch Ltd. reviewing engineering plans.

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada may apply for our national competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2018 Competition

Applications for our 2018 competition will be available early in 2017. Our 2018 winners will be announced in The Globe and Mail in the fall of 2017. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

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.

GE Canada employee working on a renewable energy project in Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
GE Canada employee working on a renewable energy project in Manitoulin Island, Ontario.


The latest best practices from the winners of Canada’s Top Employers for 2017 are worth a second look. While these industry leaders already excel in making their organizations a place where people love to come to work through a wide variety of innovative initiatives, many have gone further in transforming their physical space to further engage workers.

In many cases, employee feedback was key in planning the design of their newest spaces, such as at Samsung Canada. As a result, the company’s LEED certified head office features plenty of flexible and open work space that invites employee collaboration, dedicated idea rooms and casual breakout areas, as well as a technology showroom featuring current and future technology. Rogers also recently introduced a new workspace design strategy, which they call Sharespace, that offers greater flexibility with both quiet and interactive zones, including cafés where employees can meet over coffee or tea, while accessing the latest technology. The new Telus corporate headquarters in Vancouver is another example, with features designed to better accommodate the changing nature of work for many employees, including telepresence rooms, reservable walkstation treadmill desks and onsite restaurants that offer their own online ordering system.

That all translates into a more engaged and collaborative workforce with higher company morale, in addition to helping attract top talent while retaining their best.

Other companies should take note.

2017 Winners

Here are 2017 winners of the "Canada's Top 100 Employers" competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Staff at Edmonton-based PCL Construction celebrate their fundraising success with a huge donation to the United Way.

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