Canada's top employers for Southwestern Ontario evaluated through eight criteria
Mediacorp Canada Inc., the organizers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, has unveiled the Southwestern Ontario’s Top Employers (2024).
“We are honoured to be able finally to bring readers stories about the best employers in Southwestern Ontario,” said Anthony Meehan, publisher of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
“The region tells a compelling story through its history, its people, and the wide variety of industries that make up Southwestern Ontario's employment landscape – many of our editorial team live or have lived in the region, so we know it well,” he added.
This year’s winners showed a trend in employers providing support for employees wanting to start a family and significant opportunities for professional development and investments in training as well as incentives for active participations in their community.
“At the employer level, there is remarkable support for employee training and development,” said Kristina Leung, managing editor at Mediacorp.
“We see the best employers putting in place organizational practices that will stand the test of time, so these organizations will improve alongside their employees,” she added.
“We've been collecting stories on its employers for over a decade, now we're confident that we can showcase the very best in the region,” said Meehan.
The 2024 winners for the competition were:
- AET Group Inc.
- Arctic Wolf Networks Canada Inc.
- ATS Corporation
- Auvik Networks Inc.
- BlackBerry Limited
- Bruce Power LP
- C.F. Crozier & Associates Inc. / CFCA
- D2L Corporation
- Denso Manufacturing Canada Inc.
- Digital Extremes Ltd.
- Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, The
- eSentire Inc.
- Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc. / Farm Mutual Re
- GHD Canada Holdings Inc.
- Gore Mutual Insurance Company
- Grand River Hospital Corp.
- Guelph, Corporation of the City of
- Homewood Health
- Ice River Sustainable Solutions
- LBMX Inc.
- MAC LLP
- NAVBLUE Inc.
- Northern Digital Inc. / NDI
- OCAS Application Services, Inc.
- OpenText Corporation
- Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. / RWDI
- Skyline Group of Companies
- Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
- SLR Consulting Canada Ltd.
- Syngenta Canada Inc.
- System1 Canada ULC
- Tatham Engineering Limited
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
- Ulma Construction Systems Canada Inc.
- WalterFedy Inc.
- Western University
- Wilfrid Laurier University
Some of the initiatives pointed out by Medicorp editors included Greenshield, a health insurance provider, which has developed a listening culture and recognized its employees through awards programs. Western University was also recognized for its offerings of retirement planning assistance services and a defined contribution pension plan to their employees.
MAC LLP, an accounting firm, has reduced its work week and gives employees the choice to convert additional work times into extra pay or transfer it to their RSP. CF Crozier & Associates, an engineering firm, has developed a wellness program for their employees.
To determine the list, employers were evaluated through the following criteria: workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.
The competition is open to employers whose head office is located in Southwestern Ontario.