Winners from our 10th annual editorial competition
Photo illustration of Allan Gardens by Katrin Ray Shumakov


Staff BBQ at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of this year's winners

This marks the 10th annual edition for our Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition, which has become a benchmark in the Greater Toronto Area for workplace best-practices. Like the metropolitan area it represents, the competition has become exceptionally strong and competitive – so much so that, for Toronto-area employers, the minimum scores to secure a place on the GTA list now surpass our national Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.

Once again this year, our team of editors have evaluated employers on eight criteria: (1) physical workplace; (2) work atmosphere and social; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time-off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement. These criteria have remained the same since the competition’s inception and are the same criteria used to judge our national winners.

The neoclassical grandeur of The Great Library at the Law Society of Upper Canada, one of this year’s winners.

A distinguishing feature of the competition is that, at the end of the review process, our editors prepare detailed reasons for selection, explaining why each of the winners was chosen. These reasons are published on the competition website as well as our popular job search engine,, now used by over seven million Canadians annually. We are pleased to announce our 2016 winners in this beautiful magazine co-published with The Globe and Mail.

Employees at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital spending time with patients in the playroom.

In publishing a list such as this, it is inevitable that some excellent employers are passed over or omitted. To these employers, we invite you to contact our editorial team to share your stories – we would be pleased to consider your organization for next year's list.

GM Canada President Steve Carlisle (2nd from left) and members of the leadership team at the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

Our 2017 winners will be announced in a special magazine to be published in The Globe and Mail in the fall of 2016. To receive an application for next year's competition, employers should join our mailing list:

For this year’s winners, we congratulate you on making the grade in what has been our most competitive year to date. We hope that you continue raising the bar for the 2017 competition!

Ryerson University employees have access to the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a state-of-the-art facility with various recreational options
Ryerson University employees have access to the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a state-of-the-art facility with various recreational options


As Canada's biggest metropolitan area, the GTA offers a rich diversity of employers in a wide range of industries, from financial services to auto manufacturing to media and communication technology. The GTA is also home for approximately 40 per cent of Canada's business headquarters, all looking to hire the best possible employees. Making the winners list of the GTA's Top Employers is a challenge for any organization and a tribute to their ability to provide great places for people to work.

"The leading GTA employers understand that they exist in one of the most competitive employment landscapes in the country," says Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada's Top 100 Employers. "The employers who call the GTA home must ensure that their human resource practices are not only competitive within their industry but also in the wider GTA neighbourhood."

2016 Winners

Here are 2016 winners of the Greater Toronto's Top Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Ryerson University chemistry and biology professor Roberto Botelho is Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Science and Technologies

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