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Winners of 2020 Canada’s Top 100 Employers announced

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November 25, 2019
By Todd Humber

The winners of Canada’s Top 100 Employers gathered in downtown Toronto on Nov. 25 to celebrate the best people practices in the country.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the competition, and the bar keeps getting raised higher and higher, according to Richard Yerema, managing editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada.

“When I look back at our first list of winners two decades ago, it’s hard to believe that the benefits and programs we wrote about then would be enough to put an employer past our first cut – let alone secure a place on today’s list,” he said. “Through the project, you can actually see what the best vacation policies are, what the best parental leave policies are, and how they are changing. We’ve witnessed employers discovering where they could improve, making changes and becoming part of the list themselves.”

How the competition works 


Mediacorp starts by examining the recruitment histories of the nearly 100,000 employers it tracks on Eluta.ca, its job-search engine.

From that pool, 10,000 employers are invited to submit detailed applications – including a comprehensive review of their operations and HR practices that compares them to other in their industry and region.

“Technology and globalization have changed the nature of employment and have accelerated the pace at which organizations rise and fall – you need to attract talented employees more than ever to make sure your organization is the one driving change, not the one being driven out by new competitors,” said Anthony Meehan, publisher at Mediacorp. “Add to this Canada’s aging workforce and the declining share of young people entering the workforce and the result is a ‘perfect storm’ for employers trying to stay ahead.”

The criteria

 Employers are graded on eight criteria that have remained consistent since the competition was launched. They are:

  1. Physical workplace
  2. Work atmosphere and social
  3. Health, financial and family benefits
  4. Vacation and time off
  5. Employee communications
  6. Performance management
  7. Training and skills development
  8. Community involvement.

The 2020 winners

The winners of the 2020 competition, in alphabetical order, are:

  • 3M Canada Company
  • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
  • Accenture Inc.
  • Accor
  • Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
  • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC
  • Air Canada
  • Alberta Health Services / AHS
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
  • Bank of Canada
  • BASF Canada Inc.
  • BC Public Service
  • Bell Canada
  • Best Buy Canada Ltd.
  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI
  • Business Development Bank of Canada


  • Canada Energy Regulator
  • Canada Revenue Agency / CRA
  • Canadian National Railway
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
  • Capital One Canada
  • Cargill Limited
  • CBC / Radio-Canada
  • CIBC
  • Cisco Systems Canada Co.
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, The
  • CWB National Leasing Inc.
  • Danone Canada
  • Desjardins Group
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
  • Digital Extremes Ltd.


  • Emera Inc.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc.
  • Export Development Canada
  • Fidelity Canada
  • Finning International Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
  • Galvanize
  • Graham Group
  • GSK / GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
  • Hatch Ltd.
  • Hospital for Sick Children, The
  • House of Commons Administration
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Irving Oil
  • ISM Canada
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.


  • Kellogg Canada Inc.
  • Keurig Dr Pepper Canada
  • Keyera Corp.
  • K+S Potash Canada GP
  • Labatt Brewing Company Limited
  • Laurentide Controls Ltd.
  • Left Technologies Inc.
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • L’Oréal Canada Inc.
  • Mars Inc.
  • Mattamy Homes Limited
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada
  • Modern Niagara Group Inc.
  • Nutrien


  • PCL Construction
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • PepsiCo Canada
  • Procter & Gamble Inc.
  • ResMed Halifax ULC
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.
  • Rio Tinto
  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • RSA Canada Group
  • Salesforce
  • Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
  • Sanofi Canada
  • SaskTel
  • Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
  • Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd.
  • Shopify Inc.
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Stryker Canada ULC
  • Suncor Energy Inc.


  • TD Bank Group
  • Teck Resources Limited
  • TELUS Communications Inc.
  • Thomson Reuters Canada Limited
  • Toronto, City of
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of New Brunswick / UNB
  • University of Toronto
  • Verafin Inc.
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
  • World Vision Canada
  • Xerox Canada Ltd.
  • Yukon, Government of

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners, including The Globe and Mail. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, one of Canada’s largest job search engines, which reaches 7.4 million unique visitors annually and features editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. Mediacorp also hosts Canada’s largest conference for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit.

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