Top Employers for
Canadians Over 40 (2021)
Winners from our 20th annual editorial competition
At BDC, employees can plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend into retirement

BASF Canada helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and a defined benefit contribution pension plan

About the Competition

Background

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.


The Government of Yukon helps employees develop at every stage of their career with tuition subsidies of up to $5,000 annually to improve their skills and advance (Photo: Archbould)

Selection Process

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


Employees at Imperial Oil Limited receive a wide range of benefits to assist in the second half of their careers, including flexible health benefits and a defined benefit pension plan

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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

2022 Competition

Applications for our 2022 competition will be available early in 2021. Our 2022 winners will be announced in fall 2021. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition.

After five years of employment, staff at Enbridge Inc. are eligible to join the company's valuable defined benefit pension plan
After five years of employment, staff at Enbridge Inc. are eligible to join the company's valuable defined benefit pension plan

2021 Winners

Here are the 2021 winners of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

In the executive boardroom at the Canada Revenue Agency headquarters in Ottawa
BDC Square at the company's Montreal head office is the central hub where employees and clients come together to connect
BDC Square at the company's Montreal head office is the central hub where employees and clients come together to connect

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