Waterloo Area's Top
Employers (2019)
Winners from our 12th annual editorial competition
University of Waterloo students on campus near the Quantum Nano Centre

About the Competition


Now in its 12th year, Waterloo Area's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year’s winners were announced in special features published in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune on November 24 and 28, 2018, respectively.

Employees of Vidyard working comfortably

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

An employee of GHD Ltd. performing an inspection on water infrastructure

Editorial Partners

The Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune are our editorial partners on the Waterloo Area's Top Employers project, announcing the winners in a special newspaper feature each fall. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is a distinguishing feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and "raises the bar" so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well elsewhere.

A Northern Digital employee uses the company's electromagnetic tracking too

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Guelph area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this as the area often referred to as Canada's Technology Triangle (including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) plus Guelph. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2020 Competition

Employer applications for our 2020 competition will be available early in 2019. Our 2020 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune in the fall of 2019. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

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.

A TMMC employee
A TMMC employee
Sleeman Breweries employees taking part in a house build for Habitat for Humanity
Sleeman Breweries employees taking part in a house build for Habitat for Humanity

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