A good employer is one that appreciates your work and shows it through fair compensation and good benefits. A great employer, however, offers you more: a nurturing atmosphere where you’re encouraged to grow professionally while ensuring that you enjoy a good work/life balance.
In 2020, another dimension was added with the way employers responded to the pandemic. So where do you find a great employer like that? Every year, Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with The Globe and Mail releases a list of the 100 employers that really stand out above the rest. From that list, we bring you the best of the best companies to work for in Canada in 2021.
Adobe Systems Canada
Based in Ottawa, which is one of Canada’s next tech hubs and one of the most diverse tech scenes in the country, Adobe Systems Canada also has an on-site religious observance room. Other perks include tuition subsidies and the Women’s Executive Shadow program. When Covid hit, the company not only committed $1 million to match and then double employee donations to relief organizations but also created a fund to help employees create workspaces at home.
Bank of Canada
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Employees love the extensive family and health benefits, including parental top-ups or up to 93% of salaries for up to 35 weeks for mothers and fathers. CMHC also covers up to 100% tuition per year, even for courses unrelated to the job.
Imperial Oil Limited
Energy companies don’t always have the best reputation when it comes to how they treat the broader community but employees commend Imperial Oil’s commitment to, for instance, strengthening Indigenous communities. The company gives employees paid time off to volunteer and donates $25 for every hour an employee volunteers. Its pandemic response has included donations of materials to make hand sanitizer, laptops for students and free fuel vouchers for frontline healthcare workers.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
When Covid hit, KPMG LLP created support networks to help employees stay connected and adapt and also helped employees with the equipment and furniture they needed to work remotely. The firm also provides formal education on racism and how to remove barriers and biases in its own corporate culture.
Labatt Brewing Company Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited
A great strength for the company is its efficient communication channels for employees, including the ability to email questions directly to the chairperson. Employees also get to be involved in charity, with paid time off to volunteer and the company matching their donations. Loblaw Companies Limited’s pandemic response included partnering each store with a local food bank and donating to food banks across Canada.
The company also encourages volunteering and responded to the Covid-19 pandemic early on by making the blueprints for its proprietary ventilator available to other manufacturers, speeding up production. Employees have been receiving a monthly internet subsidy and care packages.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
The company also takes care of employees’ health and wellness, for instance through a voluntary six-week program where employees can address their work/life balance and self-care strategies and through a program that supports employees whose traditional health benefits programs don’t cover all their healthcare needs.
Schneider Electric Canada
The company matches employees’ charitable donations and gives them paid time off for volunteering. As part of its Covid-19 response, Schneider Electric Canada extended its formal paid care leave policy for employees who needed to care for a family member who tested positive for the virus and to self-quarantine.
Shopify also offers one of the highest-paid internships in Canada. The company has taken a “beyond Covid” approach to the pandemic, working on making sure that most employees will still be able to work remotely in future.
Simon Fraser University
In response to Covid-19, Simon Fraser University waived on-campus parking fees for essential employees and its fitness centre moved its classes online, offering free fitness, meditation and stretching classes and home workouts.
TD Bank Group
When the pandemic hit, TD Bank conducted a massive online survey to better understand how employees were affected. Employees who had to come in to work received an extra payment and extra personal days off while those who had to work from home got a $100 a month subsidy to set up their work spaces. All employees who faced new responsibilities in terms of child or elder care got extra paid leave too.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Like most of the best companies to work for in Canada, TMMC gives employees paid time off to volunteer and matches their charitable donations. However, the company also offers seed money to employees who want to start their own charity initiatives. Of course, there are great financial benefits too, including discounts on some of the best cars in Canada.
Université de Montréal
University of Toronto
The U of T is a very family-friendly employer too, offering generous parental leave, babysitting, childcare reimbursements, flexible working hours and reduced summer hours. As part of its Covid-19 response, the U of T moved its fitness and meditation classes online.