Selection Criteria

How winners of this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers competition were chosen

To develop this year's Top 100 list, we examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that we track for our heavily visited job search engine. From this initial group, we invited 10,000 of the fastest-growing employers, plus 6,000 other companies and organizations in industries that our editors wanted to examine more closely, to apply for this year's competition. Employers were asked to complete an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 3,250 employers started this year's application process.

In reviewing each employer's application, our editors reviewed eight key areas: (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. These criteria have remained consistent since the inception of our annual competition in 2000.

Our editors' internal grades for each of these eight areas, with supporting reasons, are now published on our popular job search site, (You can read these Reasons for Decision free of charge by clicking the names of the winning employers for our national competition.) Publishing detailed reasons for selection has been a distinguishing feature of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition since our first year. Besides providing transparency, it allows other employers to discover what these special organizations are doing — and to emulate these best practices.

In choosing the finalists, our editors consider how each employer compared to others in its industry and region. This year's list includes large and small employers from a range of industries, offering varying benefits and working conditions. What is common to all winners is that each is an industry leader: from architectural firms to community housing agencies, the employers chosen this year are leaders in their industry in attracting and retaining quality employees.

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