Being a great employer isn’t simply about offering a good salary and benefits. Sure, these are important – we need to pay the rent, after all – but quality employees need more. This is why every year, when Canada’s Top 100 Employers and The Globe and Mail run an editorial competition to find the cream of the crop of employers in Canada, they take into account health, financial and family benefits — but also the workplace, work atmosphere and social life, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.
With that, here are 15 of the best companies to work for in Canada in 2023, in no particular order, according to the Canada’s Top 100 Employers winners list for 2023.
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
They scored particularly high for work environment – which includes hybrid work arrangements and flexible work options, amenities that make commuting easy no matter what form of transit you use, and an onsite cafeteria, employee lounge and fitness centre – as well as for financial benefits and compensation, employee engagement and performance with tailored rewards, their training and skills development programs, their community involvement and their vacation and time-off policy. Need a break but have used up your generous vacation allowance? The new Recharge Break Program lets you buy extra days or as many as 12 weeks of extra leave where you share the costs with the company.
Bank of Canada
IGM Financial Inc.
They offer paid time off for volunteering and run initiatives to inspire the financial empowerment of all Canadians, especially those who have been marginalized in the past.
The company scored particularly high for community involvement, training and skills development – including their CPA training program – and for their health and family benefits. Their flexible health plan includes up to $2,000 per year to see mental health practitioners, a lifestyle spending account that you can use for home fitness equipment, a nutritionist and meal delivery, meditation classes and the like, and a gender affirmation benefit of up to $10,000. They’re also one of the companies with the best pension plans in Canada.
Shell Canada Limited
One of the areas they scored particularly high in was work environment, which includes hybrid and flexible work options, amenities that make commuting easy whether you’re driving, pedaling or hoofing it, a nap room and an onsite fitness centre.
They also scored very high for employee engagement and performance and for community involvement. The company especially supports initiatives in the communities where they work and employees can direct where to donate. They also focus on Indigenous equity and STEM education.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
They scored particularly high for community involvement – including grants to help employees start their own fundraising initiatives – as well as their training and skills development initiatives and employee engagement and performance. They also scored very high for their work environment, which offers hybrid and flexible work options, an onsite cafeteria as well as Tim Hortons and Starbucks, and discounts at local restaurants.
There’s an onsite fitness centre and an outdoor park with hiking trails and courts for several ball sports.
The commuter amenities include transit subsidies, free parking and charging stations for that Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which is one of the best cars for first-time owners.
Nestled between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, the campus has easy access to all those green spaces that show just why Ottawa is one of the most beautiful Canadian cities to live in. In winter, you can use the underground tunnels to get where you need to.
You have free access to the onsite fitness centre and sports facilities as well as to the sports medicine clinic.
The generous family benefits include onsite childcare and, once those kids are all grown up, free tuition at the university.
They scored very high for financial benefits and compensation, which include all kinds of discounts for employees as well as assistance with retirement planning, even if their longest-serving employee has been with the bank for a whopping 63 years and counting.
They also scored very high for employee engagement and performance, training and skills development – which includes up to 100 per cent of your tuition paid even for courses not related to your job – and their community involvement.
At their headquarters in Montreal, they even have a bike repair service come by every month.
They also scored very high for employee engagement and performance, training and skills development initiatives such as their own Bell U virtual university platform and $1,500 in tuition subsidies, and their community involvement. This includes the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, which is now one of the largest of its kind in Canada.
TD Bank Group
They scored particularly high for financial benefits and compensation, which includes a great corporate discount program and low-interest home loans.
They also scored very high for employee engagement and performance, their training and skills development initiatives such as education subsidies of up to $3,000 per year, even for courses unrelated to your job, and for their community involvement. They’re one of the largest corporate donors in the country.
They also offer hybrid and flexible work options, depending on your position. In addition, they scored very high for employee engagement and performance, including an award for managers who encourage and advocate for employees’ work-life balance, and for their community involvement. Their Pathways to Progress initiative, for example, focuses on building job skills to help address youth unemployment.
Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
Export Development Canada
They scored particularly high for vacation and time off, with new employees getting three weeks paid time off after a year on the job. When the EDC shuts down between Christmas and New Year’s, those days off are paid too.
The EDC also scored very high for community involvement, with employees involved in choosing charities and the EDC matching their charitable donations.
They scored very high for their work environment. They offer onsite, offsite and hybrid work models and flexible work options. If you choose to work onsite, you have access to amenities like blankets you can use for picnic lunches outside, a medicinal herb garden, an onsite cafeteria where local restaurants often feature their dishes, a Tim Hortons and an onsite fitness facility.
Manulife also scored very high for their community involvement.