About the Competition
First published in 2006, the National Capital Region's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners were announced on February 4, 2016 in a special magazine published by the Ottawa Citizen.
Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (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 offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
Our editorial partner on National Capital Region's Top Employers is the Ottawa Citizen, the largest newspaper in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area. Each year, the Citizen announces the winners in a special magazine, which includes a summary of our editors' reasons for selecting each employer.
Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the National Capital Region may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in a special magazine in the Ottawa Citizen early in 2017. To receive an application for next year's competition, employers should join our mailing list:
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.