This year marks the 14th annual edition of the National Capital Region's Top Employers competition. When the project was launched, it was a challenge to find a mix of private- and public-sector organizations that best represented progressive workplace policies and forward-thinking human resource programs in the region. At the time, the capital was dominated by public-sector employers with few real differences in terms of the benefits offered or workplace policies.
Today, the National Capital Region is home to some of the country's most dynamic technology employers and many public-sector organizations that lead their fields not just in Canada, but internationally as well. With unemployment in the capital at a 30-year low, employers across the region are competing vigorously to attract and retain the best and brightest.
When we launched the competition in 2005, our editorial team hoped that by telling the stories of the most progressive employers, other organizations would take note -- and improve the working conditions and benefits offered to their own employees. Not only would this provide transparency in the selection of winners, but it could also improve the 'workplace literacy' of job-seekers regarding the programs and benefits that the best employers offered.
Today, we see best practices migrating quickly across employers and even between the private- and public sectors. Many of the region's private-sector employers have borrowed from the public sector the types of family-friendly benefits available to employees, such maternity and parental leave top-up, as well as better vacation allowance and flexible work arrangements.
In the public sector, we see progressive employers -- such as the Bank of Canada and the Treasury Board, to name just two -- borrowing from the tech sector when redesigning their offices to be more open, modern, innovative and collaborative.
For job-seekers in the National Capital Region, the choices have never been better when it comes to finding an excellent employer. This year's list of winners offers something for everyone and, like the region, we are confident it will keep growing stronger.