2021 Application

Covid-19 Update (May 6, 2020)

We have made some changes to this year's application process to assist employers and their teams who are working remotely:

  1. This year's application deadline has been extended to June 5, 2020. If your particular situation requires additional time beyond this deadline, we're happy to accommodate – please let us know.
  2. Employers can submit this year's application entirely online. Contact our editorial team to obtain a secure link where you can upload your application, supporting documents, logos and photos.
  3. Photos to accompany your application can also be uploaded using the same secure link as the application. Please feel contact our editorial team to obtain the secure link. Additionally, photos may be uploaded through August 31, 2020 -- these are reviewed only after our initial selections have been made.
  4. A Word version of this year's application is available, which is more easily shared if you have different people working on your application. Completed applications may be submitted in either PDF or Word format.
  5. Printed applications can still be sent for this year’s competition if you prefer. Courier deliveries and mail are being received at our office building during business hours (8am-4pm).
  6. For consistency, please continue to use the year ended March 1, 2020, for Part 3 of the application. If your organization has laid off employees due to Covid-19, please note this in Part 2 (question 10) and share any support you were able to offer. We recognize that nearly every organization has been impacted by the pandemic.
  7. Additionally, if your organization has undertaken any internal or external initiatives as a result of Covid-19, please feel free to share this in Part 2 (question 9). As these initiatives evolve, we would welcome any updates over the summer months.

We encourage you to contact our editorial team at ct100@mediacorp.ca if you have any questions about these changes.


From the Organizers

Now in its 21st edition, Canada’s Top 100 Employers is a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in creating exceptional places to work.

The competition is the nation's largest editorial project of its kind, reaching more than 15 million Canadians through many of Canada's largest newspapers and magazines, including The Globe and Mail.

Our project aims to make employment information transparent and accessible, helping Canadians discover the best-in-class practices of the nation's leading employers.

We also publish detailed Reasons for Selection, a distinguishing feature of our competition. The reasons provide transparency in the selection of winners and helps to “raise the bar” so that others can discover and adopt best practices

This year’s application deadline has been extended to June 5, 2020. If your particular situation requires additional time beyond this deadline, we're happy to accommodate – please let us know.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we very much hope to review an application from your organization.

Renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky addresses the Canada's Top 100 Employers conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky addresses the Canada's Top 100 Employers conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Application

Employers complete a single application to be considered for our national competition, as well as a series of special-interest and regional competitions:


Presentation of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People award at The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto

National Competition:
Canada's Top 100 Employers

Special-Interest Competitions:
Canada's Top Employers for Young People
Canada's Best Diversity Employers
Canada's Greenest Employers
Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers
Top Employers for Canadians Over 40

Regional Competitions:
BC's Top Employers
Alberta's Top Employers
Saskatchewan's Top Employers
Manitoba's Top Employers
Greater Toronto's Top Employers
Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers
Waterloo Area's Top Employers
National Capital Region's Top Employers
Montreal's Top Employers
Atlantic Canada's Top Employers
Nova Scotia's Top Employers


Attendees at the reception honouring the National Capital Region's Top Employers in the new rooftop ballroom at the Westin Ottawa, overlooking Parliament Hill

Eligibility

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.

Methodology

Employers are compared to other organizations in their industry and region, and of similar size. The selection criteria covers eight key areas, including: (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.

Guests at the Canada's Top 100 Employers conference with Coeur de Pirate (centre), one of the most popular musicians in the French-speaking world
Guests at the Canada's Top 100 Employers conference with Coeur de Pirate (centre), one of the most popular musicians in the French-speaking world

FAQ

How is eligibility determined?

Any employer with a principal place of business in Canada may apply, whether private or public sector. In addition to the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, employers are automatically considered for the appropriate regional competition, determined by the primary or head office location listed in Part 1. Organizations may only be considered for a single regional award. Employers are also considered for any special-interest competition(s) they have selected in Part 15 of the application, and companies that wish to be considered for the SME competition must have less than 500 employees, inclusive of related companies and subsidiaries.

Do I submit the application online or by mail?

Due to Covid-19, applications may be submitted online. Please contact ct100@mediacorp.ca to ensure you receive access to our secure portal to upload your completed submission.

Printed applications can still be submitted for this year’s competition. Please keep in mind that, as a non-essential business, our office is closed at present. If you plan on sending a physical application, we kindly ask that you refrain from mailing at this time. We’ll be sure to advise once our office has re-opened.

What does the format of the submission look like?

We are mindful of the challenges employers across the country are facing and encourage applicants to submit a simplified application (completed PDF, text document with narrative responses). Please ensure that additional information and attachments are clearly labelled and follow the numbering system in the application.

What time periods does the 2021 application cover?

You may include content from January 2019 to June 2020, as well as information on upcoming programs and policies with an estimated date for implementation. For workforce questions in Part 3, be sure to use the period from March 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020.

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes. The application fee is universal for all applicants and helps underwrite the costs of managing the competition. A letter explaining the fee is available online and is inclusive of entry to all competitions.

What are the next steps?

Applications are reviewed over the summer months. During this time, we may contact you if we have any questions regarding your submission. Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition will be notified beginning in the fall, followed by winners of the regional and special-interest competitions. You can follow our scheduled announcement dates on the editorial calendar, which we keep updated with our newspaper and magazine partners.

Do you provide feedback to applicants?

No. Each year, our editorial team publishes detailed editorial Reasons for Selection to explain why each organization is selected. Publishing detailed reasons is a distinguishing feature of our competition. It provides transparency in the selection of winners and we encourage all applicants to spend time reviewing our editorial, focusing on employers of similar industry, region and size. The reasons are available via the competition homepage.


Reception for BC's Top Employers at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
Luncheon honouring Canada's Top Employers for Young People at The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto
Luncheon honouring Canada's Top Employers for Young People at The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto
Now in its 21st year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is the nation's largest editorial project of its kind, reaching over 15 million readers annually
Now in its 21st year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is the nation's largest editorial project of its kind, reaching over 15 million readers annually