Winners from our 16th annual editorial competition

About the Competition

Employees at Samsung Canada, one of this year's winners


Now entering its 17th 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 2016 winners were announced on November 9, 2015 in special magazine feature in The Globe and Mail.

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.

TD Bank Group employee planting trees, part of a national employee-led program to reclaim and beautify local green spaces.

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.

The BC Women’s Hospital Perinatal Team, part of PHSA, ready to support families and newborns, delivering up to 7500 babies per year.

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.

2017 Competition

Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in The Globe and Mail in the fall of 2016.

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.

Employees at Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., one of this year’s winners.
Employees at Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., one of this year’s winners.


It's a significant achievement to make the list for Canada's Top 100 Employers but dozens of Canadian organizations manage to be the best in their field year after year. So how do they do it?

The simple answer is that they've made their companies exceptional places to work, but that's not enough to explain their staying power. Companies rise to the top by continuing to evolve so they get even better. Every year. That requires a dedicated commitment to making their workplace the best it can possibly be through a wide variety of progressive and innovative programs.

Repeat winners are always finding new ways to improve, such as Stryker Canada Inc. in Hamilton that recently showed its support for new moms and dads by increasing parental leave top-up payments to 100 per cent of salary for 26 weeks. Another consistent winner, Telus Corp. in Vancouver, just welcomed a Chief Wellness Officer to support employee efforts to make healthy choices.

Still others introduced new and brave ground-breaking measures. Examples include the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union that became a Living Wage Employer, a program that recognizes the social and economic benefits of paying a real living wage for all its employees and service providers, and Verafin Inc. in St. John's that joined a growing group of small- and medium-sized employers that are introducing flexible "no limit" vacation policies, letting employees decide how much time they need in any given year.

2016 Winners

Here are 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers" competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Aviation testing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba operated by GE Canada, one of this year’s winners.

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