Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers is a new competition that recognizes small and medium enterprises that lead the nation in creating exceptional workplaces with forward-thinking human resources policies. Canada's SME sector is tremendously important to the nation and is responsible for:
Our 2014 winners were announced on December 6, 2013 in a special online feature in The Globe and Mail. Read the Dec. 6, 2013 press release announcing our 2014 winners.
Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as our 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.
To determine eligibility, the Top 100 editors adopted the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector commercial organizations with under 500 employees.
Our 2014 winners were announced in a special feature published by The Globe and Mail and on our job search engine, Eluta.ca — click an employer's name at right to read our detailed Reasons for Selection explaining why each of the winners was chosen. 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.
Any private sector commercial enterprise based in Canada with under 500 employees may apply for this competition.
Applications for our 2015 competition will be available early in 2014. Our 2015 winners will be announced in The Globe and Mail at the end of 2014. Full editorial calendar »
How to Apply
Employers apply for this competition through the Canada's Top 100 Employers application process. Employers complete a single editorial application that covers this competition, the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, plus a series of regional and special-interest competitions. Request an application.
To learn more about this competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual conference on the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best-practices from SME winners, meet competition organizers and writers, 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.
For more information on the Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers competition, please contact us.