Nova Scotia's Top
Employers (2020)
Winners from our 14th annual editorial competition
Employees at VERB Interactive working on user interface design

About the Competition


Launched in 2007, Nova Scotia's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Nova Scotia that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The winners of our 2020 competition were announced in The Chronicle-Herald on January 18, 2020.

Employees at SigMast Communications taking part in a standup meeting

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.

Tara Gillis, HR manager at MetOcean Telematics

Editorial Partner

Our editorial partner on the Nova Scotia's Top Employers competition is The Chronicle-Herald, the largest newspaper in Eastern Canada, which publishes a special feature announcing the winners. 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.

Jill Searle, an employee of Emera Inc. subsidiary Nova Scotia Power, works at the site of the Intelligent Feeder Project

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Nova Scotia may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2021 Competition

Applications for our 2021 competition will be available early in 2020. Our 2021 winners will be announced in The Chronicle-Herald early in 2021. 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.

An employee for Halifax-based CBCL works on an environmental survey
An employee for Halifax-based CBCL works on an environmental survey

An employee at Crombie REIT working in an open area at the company's head office
An employee at Crombie REIT working in an open area at the company's head office

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