Profiling the organizations that lead the nation in attracting and retaining younger employees
First published in 2002, the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition is organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best benefits for younger workers. 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 the Canada's Top 100 Employers paperback.
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 program, 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.
We are assisted on this project by KPMG LLP, which is the exclusive sponsor of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition. KPMG assists in formulating the selection criteria each year and underwrites the costs of managing the competition. As exclusive sponsor, KPMG has taken itself out of consideration for the competition and does not take part in the selection of winners, which is done by Mediacorp's editorial team.
Editorial Partner Jobpostings Magazine is our exclusive newspaper partner on the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition, announcing the winners in an extended magazine feature distributed at university and college campuses each fall. View a copy of their September 2012 magazine, announcing our 2012 winners.
Our 2013 winners will be announced in an extended magazine feature to be published by Jobpostings Magazine and on Eluta.ca in mid-2013. Full editorial calendar »
Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
How to Apply
Employers apply for this competition through the Canada's Top 100 Employers application process. Employers complete a single application package for both competitions. Request an application.
To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual conference on the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which now includes a stream dedicated to the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition. This event lets you discover the latest best-practices from 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 Employers for Young People competition, please contact us.
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Read the extended magazine feature announcing our 2012 winners, published by Jobpostings Magazine on September 25, 2012.
As the competition's sponsor, KPMG LLP has graciously taken itself out of consideration for this award. We have prepared a review of KPMG's own initiatives and programs for young people, which is available online.
Click below to read why each of the winning employers was selected: (in alphabetical order)