Top Employers for
Canadians Over 40 (2019)
Winners from our 18th annual editorial competition
An employee of TD Bank Group working at a standing desk

Employees at TD Bank Group taking part in a team celebration

About the Competition


Since 2001, the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers have published an annual list of the best workplaces for older Canadians. These employers lead the nation in creating special programs and benefits of interest to employees aged 40 years and older. Until 2007, this competition was called the "Top Ten Employers for Experienced Workers" and published annually as an appendix to the Canada's Top 100 Employers paperback. In 2010, the competition was renamed the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 to reflect the wide range of initiatives and programs considered in selecting the winners. Read the press release issued on November 14, 2018 announcing this year's winners.

BASF Canada employees meeting the company President Marcelo Lu at a regional town hall hosted at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame

Selection Process

Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) they offer interesting programs to assist older workers; (2) they actively recruit new workers aged 40 years or older; (3) their HR policies take into account the unique concerns of older workers, such as recognizing outside work experience in determining vacation entitlement; (4) they offer a pension plan with reasonable employer contributions; (5) they assist older employees with retirement and succession planning; (6) they create opportunities for retirees to stay socially connected to former co-workers through organized social activities and volunteering; (7) they extend health coverage and similar benefits to employees after retirement; and (8) they offer programs such as mentorship and phased-in retirement, to ease the emotional challenges of retirement and ensure older employees' skills are transferred to the next generation.

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler (right) and the UofT mascot 'True Blue' celebrating the university's 191st birthday

Reasons for Selection

Each year, our editors release the list of winners and publish their reasons for selection on our job search engine, – click an employer's name below to read why each of this year's winners was chosen. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is an important feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and "raises the bar" so that other employers can improve upon these best practices.

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer operating in Canada may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2020 Competition

Applications for our 2020 competition will be available early in 2019. Our 2020 winners will be announced in fall 2019.

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.

Catherine Welsh is a Forester at the Government of Yukon
Catherine Welsh is a Forester at the Government of Yukon

2019 Winners

Here are the 2019 winners of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

Employees at BASF Canada meeting in the 'Creator Space', a new area for collaboration and networking
Hatch employees working at a client's job site to solve complex engineering challengesrace
Hatch employees working at a client's job site to solve complex engineering challenges

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