Winners from our 14th annual editorial competition
The Chef Apprenticeship Program at JOEY Restaurant Group, one of this year's winners.

About the Competition


Employees at Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan organizing a fossil-finding expedition for kids

Background

First published in 2002, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada's leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations. Before 2007, this competition was published annually as an appendix to our Canada's Top 100 Employers paperback. Read the news release issued January 11, 2016 announcing this year's winners.

Selection Process

Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of the programs they have to attract and retain younger workers. These include benefits such as tuition assistance and the availability of co-op or work-study programs. Our editors also examine each employer's mentorship and training programs, including benefits such as bonuses paid when employees complete certain courses or professional designations. We also review each employer's career management programs, looking for initiatives – such as company-wide skills inventories – that can assist younger workers advance faster in the organization. Lastly, our editors also look at the average age of employees at each employer to better understand the composition and profile of their workforce.


Employees from Halogen Software raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Editorial Partner

The Globe and Mail is our editorial partner on the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition. Each year, we co-publish a large national magazine announcing the winners, which appears in The Globe and is distributed at university and college campuses each fall. Read the print magazine announcing our 2016 winners.


On the first Friday of every month, employees at Big Viking Games hold a "Viking Feast" which includes, among other activities, competitive axe-throwing contests.

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 a special magazine in The Globe and Mail early in 2017.

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.

Young staff from EPCOR Utilities Inc. volunteering at an Edmonton food bank.
Young staff from EPCOR Utilities Inc. volunteering at an Edmonton food bank.

Introduction

Up with millennials! The most popular of the special interest competitions, Canada's Top Employers for Young People sends out a message of confidence in today's students and recent grads just starting their careers. The 95 winning companies for 2016 not only welcome young people into their ranks, but also offer unique opportunities for them to develop their knowledge and skill sets through a variety of paid internships, educational support, job shadowing, rotational programs and the chance to travel and work abroad.

These employers also profit by giving young talent a voice, allowing them to put forward ideas that add value and bring fresh energy to the workplace. For example, KPMG manages the National Boardroom Skills Challenge, which provides interns with an opportunity to recommend a solution and strategy to a real-life business case on an issue the firm is currently facing. Other creative initiatives include Canadian Tire's "Dragon's Den for Digital," which provides IT employees with a chance to pitch their ideas to senior leadership, and L'Oréal's "Brandstorm," a marketing competition wherein groups of students present case study analyses to L'Oréal judges who then reward regional winners with a trip to Paris to participate in the international competition at the company's head office.

Additionally, these organizations understand that young people expect their employers to recognize the importance of corporate social responsibility and giving back to the community. "The desire to make a contribution remains a unique characteristic of this generation, and one that employers continue to tap into," says Kristina Leung, a senior editor at Canada's Top 100 Employers at Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Socially conscious initiatives remain an integral part of Canada's Top Employers for Young People and is a key connection in attracting and retaining younger workers. There are numerous examples of these endeavours, such as Accenture's Intern National Day of Service, RBC's Career Launch Program, which includes a work assignment at a local charity, and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office's Business Intern Program, which provides a placement within a charity, museum or non-profit organization.

2016 Winners

Here are 2016 winners of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Employees at Montréal-based Richter LLP celebrating another successful year at the accounting firm's annual holiday party.

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