Employees at Desjardins Group prepare for life after work through a variety of important benefits, including a pension plan, phased-in retirement options and retiree health plan coverage
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. For more background on this year's competition, read the news release announcing this year's winners issued on December 2, 2019.
Matt Ooms, Manager of Energy Programs, Department of Energy Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon (Photo credit: Archbould Photography)
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.
A young employee at BASF Canada checking out the company's mobile HR app with a more experienced colleague
Reasons for Selection
Each year, our editors release the list of winners and publish their reasons for selection on our job search engine, Eluta.ca – 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.
Any employer operating in Canada may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
Applications for our 2021 competition will be available early in 2020. Our 2021 winners will be announced in fall 2020. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:
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.