Diversity and the best talent go hand-in-hand in the nation's most competitive employment market: 'Greater Toronto's Top Employers' for 2017 are announced

TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - If you're a CEO trying to figure out how to attract the best and brightest to your organization, there's a remarkable lesson to be found in the 11th annual list of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, which was released this morning by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project.

"It's not hard to see the connection between inclusion and the employers that are succeeding in Greater Toronto's highly competitive marketplace," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the project. "The GTA is a magnet for the best and brightest people not just from across Canada, but all over the world. If your organization isn't making all employees feel welcome and valued in your workplace, you simply won't attract the best staff."

This year saw a record number of employers apply to the national competition. Mediacorp editors started by examining the recruitment histories of over 90,000 employers that it tracks for its popular job-search engine, Eluta.ca. From this pool, Mediacorp invited approximately 7,500 employers to submit detailed applications, including a comprehensive review of their operations and HR practices that compares them to others in their industry and region.

"Some years ago, we recognized that employers that take a broader view of their role in the community were almost always better places to work," says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp. "Today, we see the same with inclusion: employers that understand the need to make employees from diverse backgrounds feel welcome and valued in their workplace almost always end up with the best talent. In Canada, competition for the best employees is strongest in the GTA, so it's no surprise that we see many of the nation's most innovative and progressive employers here."

Employers throughout the GTA were evaluated by the editors at Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The competition is open to any employer with its head office in the GTA; employers of any size may apply, whether in the private or public sector.

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 13 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners, including The Globe and Mail. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, the largest Canadian job search engine, which includes editorial reviews from the Canada's Top 100 Employers project and is now used by over seven million users in Canada each year. Together with Willis Towers Watson, Mediacorp also hosts the Top Employer Summit, Canada's largest conference for senior-level HR professionals.

The full list of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2017 is attached. The winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail this morning. Detailed reasons for selection with hundreds of additional stories and photos were released this morning at: http://www.CanadasTop100.com/toronto



Accenture Inc.
AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
BASF Canada Inc.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Boston Consulting Group of Canada Limited, The
CAA South Central Ontario
Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Campbell Company of Canada
Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Capital One Bank (Canada Branch)
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Central Community Care Access Centre / CCAC
Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The
Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Coca-Cola Canada
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, The
Corby Spirit & Wine / Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.
Corus Entertainment Inc.
CSA Group
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
EllisDon Corporation
Equitable Bank
Fidelity Canada
Fleet Complete
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
GCI Communications Inc.
General Electric Canada / GE
General Motors of Canada Company
George Brown College
Great Blue Heron Casino
Griffith Foods Ltd.
Halton, Regional Municipality of
Hatch Ltd.
Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada / HIROC
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Depot of Canada Inc.
Hospital for Sick Children, The
HP Canada Co.
Hydro One Limited
IMAX Corporation
Intact Financial Corporation
Intelex Technologies Inc.
Kruger Products L.P.
Labatt Breweries of Canada
Law Society of Upper Canada, The
Loblaw Companies Limited

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Mars Incorporated
Mazda Canada Inc.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Michael Garron Hospital
Miller Group, The
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
Olympus Canada Inc.
Ontario Public Service / OPS
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
PepsiCo Canada
PowerStream, Inc.
Praxair Canada Inc.
Procter & Gamble Inc.
Rogers Communications Inc.
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Inc.
Rouge Valley Health System
Ryder Canada Inc.
Ryerson University
Salesforce Canada Corporation
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
SAP Canada Inc.
Seneca College
Siemens Canada Limited
Sigma Systems Canada LP
State Street Canada
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Tangerine Bank
TD Bank Group
Teranet Inc.
Thomson Reuters Canada Limited
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF
Toronto Transit Commission / TTC
Toronto, City of
Ubisoft Toronto Inc.
Unilever Canada Inc.
University of Toronto
UTC Aerospace Systems Ltd.
William Osler Health System
Wipro Technologies Limited
World Vision Canada
YMCA of Greater Toronto
York Regional Police
YWCA Toronto


SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

For further information: Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, Mediacorp Canada Inc., 416-964-6069 x1464


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