Are you a young job hunter searching for more than just a paycheck? Canada's Top Employers for Young People 2020 is an excellent place to start. These winning organizations understand that learning doesn't end when the job begins. That's why this competition is such a valuable resource for young professionals and recent graduates seeking to launch a career in a workplace that supports their growth and development.
Investing in younger workers is simply what Canada's Top Employers for Young People do best, from paid internships and co-ops to tuition subsidies to mentoring and training programs that can accelerate a career. For instance, Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. created a special leadership course, entitled Thirty under 30, to provide young employees with an opportunity to work with non-profit organizations and learn civic engagement skills. Or GHD Ltd. in Waterloo selects high performing early career professionals for its Talent X program, a short-term international assignment. Many companies reach out in ways that could change someone's life, like Saskatoon-based Nutrien Ltd., which gives female students and students of Aboriginal descent an opportunity to work with mentors, meet peers and participate in community initiatives through its Aboriginal Internship Program/Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program.
The most popular of the special-interest contests, Canada's Top Employers for Young People provides an insider's view of what each employer has to offer, showcasing their most progressive and innovative HR initiatives. That helps job seekers not only in finding the right fit with an organization, but in finding an organization that aligns with their own values.
Winning employers also enjoy a competitive advantage in attracting and recruiting top young talent in a tight labour market. It's an opportunity for them to reach out and say, "Hello, here's who we are." That's a win for both sides.
– Diane Jermyn
This story appeared in the official announcement for Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2020), published on January 17, 2020, in The Globe and Mail's online edition.
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
- Accenture Inc.
- AIG Insurance Company of Canada
- Alberta Health Services / AHS
- AMD / Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
- BC Hydro
- BC Public Service
- Bell Canada
- Bennett Jones LLP
- Boston Consulting Group of Canada Limited
- Bruce Power LP
- Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
- Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
- Capital Power Corporation
- Cargill Limited
- Cisco Systems Canada Co.
- Citi Canada
- Communications Security Establishment / CSE
- Connect Hearing
- Corus Entertainment Inc.
- D2L Corporation
- DeltaWare Systems Inc.
- Dentons Canada LLP
- Department of Finance Canada
- Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins
- Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc
- Edmonton, City of
- Egg Farmers of Canada
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- EPCOR Utilities Inc.
- Fednav Limited
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard
- FL Fuller Landau LLP
- Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
- GHD Limited
- Giants & Gentlemen Advertising Inc.
- Groupe Dynamite Inc.
- Harvard Developments Inc.
- Hatch Ltd.
- Health Canada / Santé Canada
- Hemmera, an Ausenco Company
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
- Hospital for Sick Children, The
- House of Commons Administration
- Hydro Ottawa
- Intact Financial Corporation
- Jazz Aviation LP
- JOEY Restaurant Group
- Keurig Dr Pepper Canada
- KPMG LLP
- Labatt Brewing Company Limited
- Lafarge Canada Inc.
- L'Oréal Canada Inc.
- LoyaltyOne, Co.
- Manitoba, Government of
- Manulife Financial Corporation
- McMillan LLP
- Mott MacDonald
- MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd.
- NTT DATA Canada, Inc.
- Nunavut, Government of
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada
- PCL Construction
- PepsiCo Canada
- Pharmascience Inc.
- Procter & Gamble Inc.
- R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.
- Rio Tinto
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Rogers Communications Inc.
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
- SAP Canada Inc.
- Saskatchewan Research Council
- Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
- Siemens Canada Limited
- Sinai Health System
- Stanley Black & Decker Canada Corp.
- Sun Life Financial Inc.
- Surrey, City of
- TD Bank Group
- TELUS Communications Inc.
- Thales Canada Inc.
- Toronto Transit Commission / TTC
- UBC / University of British Columbia
- Ubisoft Canadian Studios
- Vendasta Technologies Inc.
- West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- YMCA of Greater Toronto
- York, Regional Municipality of
- York Regional Police
A New Generation is Driving the Changes in Canada's Workplaces
So you're young, maybe just out of school, and you're looking for a job. You know you want to work for a top-quality employer that offers an inviting workplace. Maybe your education points you into one industry, or perhaps you could handle roles in many different organizations. Where do you start?
You've come to the right place. Canada's Top Employers for Young People 2020 lists 100 of the nation's leading employers in a variety of sectors, judged on how they attract and support people who are new, or relatively new, to the work world.
"These employers are engaged in creating the best work environment they can for young people, taking all things into consideration, such as experience, wellness, flexibility and providing ample training to support them in whatever direction their career takes them," says Kristina Leung, senior editor for Mediacorp Canada, which runs the competition.
So what should you consider in evaluating an employer? Every job seeker is looking for different things, but most will agree on one point: they'll need that training. Top Employers normally go well beyond simple on-the-job instruction. Most offer gracious and often intensive mentorship. There may be courses, both online and in person. There is often tuition support for improving your credentials, such as gaining an accountant's designation, an apprenticeship certificate or even an MBA. And many organizations put new recruits on a rotation through several departments, so they can get a taste of what working there is like and understand how the company operates.
This can often be fun, especially if the employer happens to be in the fun business. At the Rocky Mountaineer, the Vancouver-based scenic railway experience, all new employees get to ride the train on one of its runs through the Rockies. "It's really important that they get the proper training and understanding of how we provide that incredible guest experience," says president and CEO Steve Sammut.
Given that most young people are heavily focused on social media, employers are also adapting to a new generation's needs. More and more elements in the workplace are set up as "on demand" options, including training packages that can be absorbed at an employee's own speed, or apps that tell you where you stand with various HR benefits. But even more, Top Employers are responding to young people who are used to expressing themselves online and want to feel heard at work.
"With social media, everyone has a voice," notes Leung. "Everyone feels empowered. That idea permeates into the workplace, with an expectation of wanting to contribute, of wanting to know that 'I'm having an impact'." Far from remaining hierarchical, Top Employers, sometimes through diversity and inclusion policies, encourage people to feel comfortable putting forward suggestions they think will benefit the organization.
"It's fresh perspective, with all this young energy wanting to be innovative, wanting to tackle challenges," says Leung. "When you have a new set of eyes looking at a process that's been done the same way for 10 years, there can be instances of real change."
Many Top Employers are also aware of other needs of the new generation, including financial challenges in the age of heavy student debt and high housing costs. One unusual innovation comes from the Saskatchewan Research Council, where employees can choose to have an amount equivalent to the employer's pension contribution paid to them in cash or to a TFSA, for up to the first five years of employment. "It may be a sign of changing times," says Leung. "Purchasing power is very different now for young people."
Highlighting such ideas and perhaps sparking other employers to imitate them is part of the mandate of Canada's Top Employers for Young People. As you examine details of the winners, you may see elements in microcosm of the future of work, from more digital feedback to concerns about work-life balance. "Often," says Leung, "trends in the workplace are driven by trends among young people."