Weekly beer-cart. Extended weekends. Trips to Cuba. Thanks boss!

    This week's Maclean's features Canada's top 100 employers. After 12
    months of review and investigation, from a narrowed field of 1,800,
    Maclean's presents the 100 best places in Canada to build a career to fit
    your life and your goals. Where you can find the top pay, the best perks,
    the longest vacations and the best maternity benefits. Visit
    www.macleans.ca for this and other stories.

    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - These days, foosball tables and casual business
attire won't cut it. Thanks to the tight labour market, quality workers are
now asking not what they can do for their bosses, but what their bosses can do
for them. Hundreds of employers are answering the call, as this year's list
attests: Extended holidays, job-training in Paris, free health-conscious
snacks, specialty coffee-bars and Caribbean cruise weekends. It's all
par-for-the-course for these employers.
    Maclean's presents an in-depth analysis of the trends in Canada's public
and private sectors. It's not a ranking, but a compendium that aims to shed
light on what the best employers are doing to retain talent. Mediacorp will
publish its full report of the Top 100 employers in book form this coming
    True, a competitive pay-cheque remains paramount. But Mediacorp's
analysis shows it takes creativity, more than big budgets, to be the best.
Perks such as benefits offered to new parents - mothers and fathers;
accommodating staff that wish to work from home by tapping into the boom in
telecommunications; or, boosting the vacation time offered to new employees.
It used to be workers had to clock several years before they could earn a
three-week vacation. It's quickly becoming standard for Top 100 employers to
offer three weeks right off the bat, while some highly competitive sectors
like oil and gas start workers at four. Among leading employers there's also
been a dramatic push to help staff improve their skills. Almost all employers
on the Top 100 offer some form of tuition support.

    Some of Canada's top employers include:

    -   Mars Canada Inc., foodmaker, Bolton, Ont.
    -   L'Oréal Canada, cosmetics company, Montreal
    -   Saskatchewan Gaming Corp., provincial controlled gaming agency,
    -   Halifax Herald Ltd., newspaper publisher, Halifax
    -   Resort Municipality of Whistler, municipal government, Whistler, B.C.

    The full list of Canada's top 100 employers can be found in the issue of
Maclean's hitting newsstands today, at www.macleans.ca, or to media through
the contact below.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca

For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Segal,

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