Moving the Goalposts Higher: Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2016 are announced

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Employers across the Greater Toronto Area in virtually every industry are improving their workplaces and stepping up their human resources initiatives to attract talented employees.  The 10th annual list of Greater Toronto's Top Employers was announced this morning by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, highlighting the rivalry among employers to attract the best and brightest in the nation's most competitive labour market.

"It's wonderful to see the range of industries represented in this year's list of winners, says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition. "From finance to manufacturing, private and public sector, this year's list includes inspirational examples from virtually every industry in the GTA. Whatever your organization does, these employers show that you really can create a better workplace – and it's happening here in the GTA."

This year saw a record number of employers applying for the competition.  Nationally, Mediacorp editors started by examining the recruitment histories of over 85,000 employers that it tracks for its popular job-search engine,  From this pool of growing organizations, Mediacorp invited approximately 8,000 employers to submit detailed applications, including a detailed review of their operations and HR practices that compares them to others in their industry and region.

"The strength of the employers on this year's GTA list reflects the strength of the region itself," says Tony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp.  "Each year, it gets more difficult to choose the winners and, after 10 years, the level of competition is now exceptional.  These organizations are raising the bar for all employers across the GTA."

Employers across 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 annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in the GTA; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of employment periodicals and guides. Since 2007, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Greater Toronto's Top Employers competition as part of its annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project. The publishing firm also operates the largest Canadian job search engine,, which features editorial reviews from the project and now reaches over seven million Canadians annually.  Mediacorp also manages Canada's largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit, which last month featured former US President Bill Clinton as keynote speaker.

The full list of this year's Greater Toronto's Top Employers winners is attached.  The winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail this morning.  An extended online magazine with hundreds of additional stories and photos was released this morning at:

Greater Toronto's Top Employers

2016 winners

Accenture Inc.    

Manulife Financial

AstraZeneca Canada Inc.    

Mars Canada

BASF Canada Inc.   

Mattel Canada Inc.


Mazda Canada Inc.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP    

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Body Shop Canada, The     

Medtronic of Canada Ltd.

CAA South Central Ontario      


Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited     

Miller Group, The

CAMH / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Mount Sinai Hospital

Campbell Company of Canada          

Nelson Education Ltd.

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited  

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Capgemini Canada Inc.    

Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Carswell, div. Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd.   

Ontario Medical Association / OMA

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto    

Ontario Public Service / OPS

Central Community Care Access Centre / CCAC

PepsiCo Canada

Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The         

PowerStream, Inc.


Praxair Canada Inc.

Cisco Systems Canada Co.    

Procter & Gamble Inc.

Coca-Cola Canada          


College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, The

Rogers Communications Inc.

Corby Spirit & Wine Ltd. / Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc.                

Rouge Valley Health System / RVHS

Deloitte LLP            

Ryder Canada


Ryerson University

Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.            

Salesforce Canada Corporation

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.


SAP Canada Inc.

EllisDon Corporation         

SAS Canada

Entertainment One Ltd.          

Seneca College

Fidelity Canada            

Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited

Siemens Canada Limited

GCI Communications Inc.           

Sigma Systems Canada Inc.

General Electric Canada / GE     

State Street Canada

General Motors of Canada Company    

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino        

TD Bank Group

Griffith Laboratories Limited             

Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF

Halton, Regional Municipality of                

Toronto, City of

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation         

Ubisoft Toronto

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 

Unilever Canada Inc.

Hospital for Sick Children, The                

United Way of Greater Toronto


University of Toronto

Intact Financial Corporation              

UTC Aerospace Systems Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson Inc.                  

Wipro Technologies Limited

KPMG LLP                    

World Vision Canada

Kruger Products L.P.             

Xerox Canada Inc.

Labatt Breweries of Canada  

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Lakeridge Health            

York Regional Police

Law Society of Upper Canada, The 

York, Regional Municipality of

Loblaw Companies Limited              

YWCA Toronto

LoyaltyOne Co.         


SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Greater Toronto's Top Employers 2016 (CNW Group/Mediacorp Canada Inc.)". Image available at:

For further information: Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, Mediacorp Canada Inc.,


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