Waterloo Area's Top
Employers (2021)
Winners from our 14th annual editorial competition
Employees from WalterFedy from various disciplines meet to discuss a client project (Photo: Langen Studios)

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 14th 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 area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year’s winners were announced in a special feature published in the Waterloo Region Record and the Guelph Mercury Tribune on December 3, 2020.


An employee at eSentire Inc. leads an office tour of the company's new Waterloo head office during a local open house

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.


Employees of Home Hardware Stores Ltd. in a training session at the company's St. Jacob's head office

Editorial Partners

The Waterloo Region Record is our editorial partner on the Waterloo Area's Top Employers project, announcing the winners in a special print and online feature each year. Additional coverage of this year’s winners also appears in the Guelph Mercury Tribune and Cambridge Times. 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.


One of the sweet perks of working at Farmers Mutual Re can be found inside the three beehives located at the company's Cambridge head office

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.

2022 Competition

Employer applications for our 2022 competition will be available early in 2021. Our 2022 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune in the fall of 2021. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

Environmental consulting firm AET Group works hard to make its operations sustainable, including generous public transit subsidies for staff and discounts on new bicycles and electric vehicles
Environmental consulting firm AET Group works hard to make its operations sustainable, including generous public transit subsidies for staff and discounts on new bicycles and electric vehicles
Employees at Cambridge-based Gore Mutual Insurance Co. working in the company's innovation laboratory
Employees at Cambridge-based Gore Mutual Insurance Co. working in the company's innovation laboratory

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