Winners from our 11th annual editorial competition
Employees at Joseph Brant Hospital enjoying the annual staff appreciation BBQ

About the Competition


Now in its 11th year, Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area of Ontario that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners were announced in a special magazine published on November 22, 2017 by the Hamilton Spectator. Read the press release issued on the same day for more background on this year's competition.

Researchers at St. Joseph's Healthcare take first steps towards a groundbreaking protective vaccine against chlamydia

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the 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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Employees at Boehringer Ingleheim attending a panel discussion on new animal health vaccines and medicines

Editorial Partner

The Hamilton Spectator is our editorial partner on the Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers project and announces the winners each year in a special magazine each fall. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. 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.

New apprentices receiving their certification at ArcelorMittal

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Hamilton-Niagara area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this to include the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, plus the Regional Municipality of Niagara (including St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie). Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2019 Competition

Applications for our 2019 competition will be available early in 2018. Our 2019 winners will be announced in The Spectator in the fall of 2018. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

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.

The LIVE Lab at McMaster University, testing the boundary between art and science
The LIVE Lab at McMaster University, testing the boundary between art and science

2018 Winners

Here are the 2018 winners of the Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

The Human Resources team at Mohawk College
Sunset at the kids camp in Parry Sound, Ontario, operated by the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation
Sunset at the kids camp in Parry Sound, Ontario, operated by the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation

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