When it comes to finding good companies to work for in Canada in 2022, it’s important to look at the big picture — and to think about how the workplace environment has changed for many Canadian workers in the past few years. The pandemic – and how companies handled it – made workers reevaluate what they want, and whether their jobs are really worth it. To attract the best of the best, the country’s top employers have looked carefully at what they offer their employees. A good salary alone doesn’t cut it anymore: many prospective employees now want things like the possibility of working remotely.
Every year, in partnership with The Globe and Mail, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project evaluates Canadian employers — using criteria like workplace, atmosphere, training and skills development and, of course, salary and benefits — to find the country’s top employers. Using their findings as a guide, we’ve rounded up 20 of Canada’s best companies to work for in 2022.
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
The company has various programs to help support employees’ mental and physical wellness and career development. Instead of simply encouraging working from home, for example, the company created a program to ship furniture (think: ergonomic chairs and sit-stand desks) to employees to set up home offices.
Imperial Oil Limited
Imperial Oil offers a generous health benefits package which extends to retirees. The employee discount on fuel is an attractive perk, too. Another future-minded initiative? Imperial Oil runs an internal competition that encourages employees to come up with innovative ideas, recognizing their contribution to the company’s success.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc./TMMC
Their family-friendly benefits include generous top-ups for maternity leave, as well leave top-ups for new dads and adoptive parents. Children of employees also have access to academic scholarships.
Bank of Canada
When it comes to family, in addition to generous leave top-ups for new parents – including adoptive parents – they also give employees the option to phase in their return to work. Additionally, the Bank of Canada offers a compassionate leave top-up for employees having to take care of loved ones.
In addition to their basic health benefits plan, Shopify employees get $5,000 that they can use towards their health plan, retirement fund or charitable giving, deciding how much to allocate to each. New employees also receive restricted stock units, which is extra attractive considering Shopify is one of the best Canadian stocks to buy and hold right now.
University of Toronto
It’s a great place for older folk to work at too: the average age of employees is 47.1 years and the longest-serving employee has been with the university for nearly 65 years. Health benefits for employees extend to retired employees, too.
Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
The company’s commitment to diversity extends to their hiring practices — and to their mental-health support. For example, they have a fund specifically to support the mental health and well-being of BIPOC communities. Speaking of mental health, Bell provides up to $3,000 per year in mental-health practitioner benefits for employees. There’s a $15,000 IVF subsidy for aspiring parents, as well as generous maternity and parental leave top-ups and on-site child care.
Citi Canada helps new parents with maternity and parental leave top-ups, and they also support employees on their journey to become parents with the help of a per-lifetime IVF subsidy of $24,000 and an adoption assistance subsidy of up to $30,000 per child.
Export Development Canada
Medtronic Canada ULC
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
In addition to in-house and online training, employees may also benefit from tuition subsidies and subsidies for professional accreditation.
To support work-from-home arrangements, the organization helped employees with subsidies to set up their home offices and refined their flexible work polices.