Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2009

A complete, alphabetical listing of the best employers in the country

The winners of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2009 have been announced, and Richard Yerema, managing editor of the list published by Mediacorp Canada, said top employers continue to push the limits of what they offer employees despite the economic climate.

"Even amid the market uncertainties we've seen over the past year, forward-thinking employers are redoubling their efforts to improve working conditions for the people who help them weather these economic storms," he said.

This is the ninth year for the competition. To develop this year's list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for, it's job board.

Mediacorp invited 10,000 of the fastest-growing employers, plus 6,000 other companies and organizations in industries it wanted to study closely, to apply. More than 2,000 employers started the application process.

In reviewing the applications, Mediacorp looked at eight key areas:

•physical workplace
•work atmosphere and social
•health, financial and family benefits
•vacation and time off
•employee communications
•performance management
•training and skills development
•community involvement

"This year was the most competitive since starting the Canada's Top 100 Employers project almost a decade ago," said Yerema. "We received a record number of applications from employers and our benchmarks for all the areas we consider have increased in all industries and regions. These employers are leading the nation."

And the winners are...

An alphabetical list of the winners follows. For complete coverage of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2009, including reasons why they made the cut and case studies of some of the winners, see the Oct. 20 issue of Canadian HR Reporter.

Adobe Systems
Ottawa, 416 employees. Develops graphics and desktop publishing software.

Aecon Group
Toronto, 944 employees. Construction and infrastructure development.

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries
Boyle, Alta., 449 employees. A producer of kraft pulp used in the manufacture of a variety of paper products.

Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario
Toronto, 24 employees. A province-wide public sector bargaining agent.

BD Canada
Oakville, Ont., 406 employees. Manufactures and markets medical equipment and supplies to health-care professionals, hospitals, research institutions and consumers.

Toronto, 885 employees. A research-based company operating in the health care, crop science and the innovative materials science businesses.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon
Toronto, 840 employees. An international business law firm.

Boeing Canada Technology, Winnipeg Division
Winnipeg, 1,568 employees. An aerospace composite manufacturer.

Business Development Bank of Canada
Montreal, 1,681 employees. A federal Crown corporation that provides financing and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses.

St. Laurent, Que., 3,328 employees. A manufacturer of advanced flight simulation systems for civil aviation companies and defence departments.

CH2M HILL Canada
Toronto, 1,196 employees. An environmental consulting engineering company, specializing in water and wastewater, environmental, energy and industrial systems, telecommunications and transportation fields.

Canada Post
Ottawa, 62,610 employees. The nation's official mail service, providing letter and parcel delivery to more than 13 million addresses across the country.

Canadian Pacific Railway
Calgary, 13,726 employees. A transcontinental rail carrier serving major centres across North America.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Ottawa, 2,553 employees. A government agency dedicated to protecting the national security interests of Canada and safeguarding Canadian citizens.

Canadian Tire Financial Services
Welland, Ont., 1,338 employees. Finances and manages the Canadian Tire Options MasterCard to more than two million card members.

Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business
Toronto, 641 employees. Publisher of specialized information for lawyers, academics, financial executives, accountants and human resource professionals.

Kingsley Falls, Que., 10,400 employees. A manufacturer of specialized packaging and paper products.

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Toronto, 597 employees. Mandated to provide social services to protect children and families in need.

North Bay, Ont., 1,227 employees. A mine contracting and engineering company specializing in the design and construction of underground mines.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, 2,625 employees. A public hospital, providing direct patient care for people with addiction and mental health problems.

Winnipeg, 1,346 employees. Provides payroll and HR management services.

Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
Burnaby, B.C., 129 employees. The professional body that represents the interests of Certified General Accountants and accounting students in Canada and around the world.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Chatham, Ont., 701 employees. Operates 250 beds at three hospitals, serving the municipality of Chatham-Kent.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Toronto, 247 employees. The self-regulating body for the province's medical profession.

Compass Group Canada
Mississauga, Ont., 11,942 employees. A food services and facilities management company.

DeltaWare Systems
Charlottetown, 81 employees. Provides information technology consulting and software development services.

Durham Regional Police Service
Whitby, Ont., 1,345 employees. Provides police protection services in the Regional Municipality of Durham.

EPCOR Utilities
Edmonton, 2,582 employees. Provides electricity and water to customers in Western Canada, Ontario and the United States.

Calgary, 3,745 employees. Provides natural gas distribution, pipelines and energy-related services across North America.

Export Development Canada
Ottawa, 1,076 employees. A federal Crown corporation that provides trade finance and risk management services to Canadian exporters in markets around the world.

FSC Architects & Engineers
Yellowknife, 70 employees. Consulting firm of consulting engineers and architects, specializing in remote, cold regions technology.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Toronto, 8,836 employees. Operator of luxury hotels and resorts.

Farm Credit Canada
Regina, 1,295 employees. Provides financial services to farmers and agricultural businesses across the country.

Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories
Brampton, Ont., 1,567 employees. A provider of licensed medical diagnostic laboratory services.

George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
Toronto, 1,145 employees. Educational institution offering seven bachelor's degrees and 150 full-time programs, with a student population of 60,000.

Golder Associates
Burnaby, B.C., 2,372 employees. A consulting engineering firm, providing civil engineering and environmental services to clients worldwide.

Great Little Box Company
Vancouver, 194 employees. A manufacturer of custom and stock corrugated boxes and point-of-purchase displays.

HSBC Bank Canada
Vancouver, 5,777 employees. Canada's seventh largest bank with 170 locations across the country.

Halifax Herald
Halifax, 343 employees. Publishes two regional newspapers: The Chronicle Herald and the Sunday Herald.

Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton, 5,682 employees. One of the Ontario’s largest regional health-care organizations, serving more than 2.3 million residents.

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Toronto, 339 employees. An international architectural planning and design firm.

Mississauga, Ont., 3,481 employees. Provides a broad range of computer products and related services for individual consumers, businesses and institutional clients.

Hill & Knowlton
Toronto, 205 employees. A public affairs and public relations firm.

Mississauga, Ont., 4,590 employees. Markets building controls to enhance comfort, improve productivity, save energy, protect the environment and increase security.

Burlington, Ont., 1,401 employees. A home furnishings retailer that operates 10 stores across the country.

Jacques Whitford
Dartmouth, N.S., 132 employees. A consulting engineering firm, specializing in environmental, scientific and planning disciplines.

Toronto, 5,165 employees. An accounting and professional services firm, providing auditing, tax and financial advisory services to businesses across Canada.

Kodak Graphic Communications
Burnaby, B.C., 1,445 employees. A manufacturer of direct-to-plate prepress equipment and technology.

Montreal, 1,200 employees. A manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products.

Laurentide Controls
Kirkland, Que., 122 employees. Manufactures and distributes process automation products and services to Eastern Canada's industrial sector.

Manitoba Liquor Control Commission
Winnipeg, 341 employees. Operates retail liquor stores and regulates licensed establishments across Manitoba.

Bolton, Ont., 478 employees. A manufacturer of confectionery, main meal and pet care products.

Toronto, 1,211 employees. An insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm.

McGill University
Montreal, 5,495 employees. Post-secondary institution, providing English-language instruction to nearly 30,000 students.

Meridian Credit Union
St. Catharines, Ont., 420 employees. One of Canada's largest credit unions.

Winnipeg, 244 employees. An agricultural biotechnology company that develops crop protection products and genetically-modified seed, specializing in canola, corn and soybean crops.

NB Power
Fredericton, 2,415 employees. Provincial Crown corporation and public utility that provides electricity to more than 350,000 residents.

National Energy Board
Calgary, 319 employees. An independent federal agency that regulates aspects of Canada's energy industry, and promotes safety and security, environmental protection and efficient energy infrastructure and markets.

New Flyer Industries
Winnipeg, 1,288 employees. Manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses.

Next Level Games
Vancouver, 102 employees. A videogame developer specializing in console video games.

Nycomed Canada
Oakville, Ont., 249 employees. A research-based pharmaceutical company that develops and markets a variety of therapeutic medicines for human health.

OPSEU Pension Trust
Toronto, 156 employees. Manages one of Canada's largest pension funds, covering more than 77,000 members and pensioners.

Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Ottawa, 644 employees. The Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) conducts independent audits and examinations that provide objective information, advice and assurance to Parliament.

Ontario Power Generation
Toronto, 11,434 employees. A Crown corporation that produces about 70 per cent of electricity in Ontario through three nuclear generation stations, five fossil generating stations, three wind generating stations and 64 hydroelectric generating stations.

Ontario Public Service
Toronto, 67,856 employees. Manages and delivers government programs and services to Ontario residents.

PCL Construction Group
Edmonton, 1,678 employees. One of North America's largest general contractors.

Patient News Publishing
Haliburton, Ont., 69 employees. Develops personalized newsletters for dental practices across North America and the United Kingdom.

Toronto, 5,773 employees. One of the country's largest professional services firms.

Procter & Gamble
Toronto, 2,018 employees. A manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of consumer products.

Research In Motion
Waterloo, Ont., 5,830 employees. A designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless communications products and services.

Royal Bank of Canada
Toronto, 52,000 employees. Financial services group.

Royal Canadian Mint
Ottawa, 793 employees. A Crown corporation that mints and distributes all of the country's circulation and collector coins as well as currency coins for other nations.

Russell Investments
Toronto, 120 employees. Provides investment management services to institutional and individual investors.

SAS Institute
Toronto, 207 employees. Develops predictive, business intelligence software for the automotive, financial, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, education and government sectors.

Toronto, 187 employees. Provides information technology consulting and marketing services for large corporate clients.

Regina, 997 employees. A provincial crown corporation that distributes natural gas.

Regina, 3,363 employees. Provides telephone and other communications services to residential and business customers across Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
Regina, 429 employees. A Crown corporation that provides controlled gaming entertainment at two casino properties.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance
Regina, 1,587 employees. Provides property and casualty insurance products and services.

Calgary, 4,751 employees. One of the largest integrated petroleum companies in Canada.

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., 4,408 employees. A mid-sized Canadian university, offering more than 100 programs to more than 25,000 students.

Vancouver, 199 employees. Develops advanced spam and virus detection software for commercial and institutional customers.

Spruceland Millworks
Acheson, Alta., 140 employees. A softwood lumber remanufacturer.

Stikeman Elliott
Toronto, 502 employees. A business law firm.

Suncor Energy
Calgary, 5,483 employees. Integrated energy company.

TD Bank
Toronto, 31,473 employees. Provides financial and banking services.

Tamm Communications
Toronto, 24 employees. Advertising agency specializing in recruitment and employee communications.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Toronto, 1,312 employees. Provides housing to about 160,000 low and moderate-income tenants.

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Toronto, 1,527 employees. Distributes electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, 117 employees. A non-profit organization devoted to celebrating excellence in film.

Cambridge, Ont., 5,186 employees. Manufactures automobiles for the North American market.

Trican Well Service
Calgary, 1,537 employees. A well service company providing specialized products, equipment and technology for oil and gas producers.

University Health Network
Toronto, 8,000 employees. Canada's largest academic health sciences centre, operating three major hospitals.

University of Alberta
Edmonton, 7,259 employees. One of Canada's largest research-intensive universities, serving more than 29,000 students.

Upside Software
Edmonton, 142 employees. Develops custom business software for contract management, sourcing and procurement and accounting applications.

City of Vancouver
Vancouver, 6,435 employees. Provides local government services to 560,000 residents.

Wardrop Engineering
Winnipeg, 649 employees. A multidisciplinary consulting engineering, environmental and information technology consulting firm.

County of Wellington
Guelph, Ont., 373 employees. Provides municipal government services to seven municipalities.

Vancouver, 3,155 employees. A provincial statutory agency committed to the prevention of workplace injury and occupational disease.

Yellow Pages Group
Verdun, Que., 1,330 employees. Publisher of electronic and print telephone directories.

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