VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - It's hard not to feel the 'buzz' these days when it comes to the British Columbia economy. The province's unemployment rate is expected to remain the lowest in Canada through 2018, as all sectors of the BC economy score strong economic gains. The province is quickly gaining the reputation as the new hub for talent – and employers are going out of their way to attract top talent. The best initiatives were recognized this morning, as BC's Top Employers for 2018 were announced by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc.
"This year's list reflects the province's highly diversified economy, which is admired across Canada," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition. "From natural resources to technology and a vibrant public sector, British Columbia has it all – employers here really have to compete for the best and brightest talent. We spent a lot of time making sure this year's list reflects the strength of the BC economy."
"Along with offering best-in-class benefits tailored to employees' individual needs, many of this year's winners offer a relaxed workplace culture that emphasizes healthy, active lifestyles," says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "The rest of the country looks to British Columbia for leadership in this field."
Some notable initiatives the editors highlighted this year:
City of Vancouveroffers a special incentive program ("FitCity") that rewards employees for healthy lifestyle choices, such as walking or cycling to work.
Employees at the beautiful head office of ACL Services in Vancouver enjoy healthy lunch and snack options, fresh fruit, and a great employee lounge with karaoke, an acoustic guitar, dart boards and even beer kegs from a local craft brewer.
Outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op provides a range of excellent financial incentives (including matching RSP contributions and referral bonuses for hiring new employees) – plus attractive staff discounts on a wide selection of outdoor gear.
As part of their health plan, Oppenheimer Group employees receive a company-paid wellness account so they can take advantage of a range of in-house offerings including on-site subsidized massages, drop-in yoga classes and quarterly wellness workshops.
Now in its 13th year, BC's Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers throughout British Columbia 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 British Columbia; employers of any size may apply, whether 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 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners. 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 almost 7 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 BC's Top Employers for 2018 is attached. The winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Vancouver Sun this morning. Detailed reasons for selection with hundreds of additional stories and photos were also released this morning and are accessible via the competition homepage.
BC's Top Employers 2018 Winners
AbeBooks Inc., Victoria Absolute Software Corporation, Vancouver ACL Services Ltd., Vancouver BA Blacktop Ltd., North Vancouver BC Assessment, Victoria BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Vancouver BC Housing Management Commission, Burnaby BC Hydro, Vancouver BC Public Service, Victoria Beedie Development Group, Burnaby Best Buy Canada Ltd., Burnaby Boeing Vancouver, Richmond British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. / BC Ferries, Victoria British Columbia Institute of Technology / BCIT, Burnaby British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, Vancouver British Columbia Lottery Corporation / BCLC, Kamloops Cactus Restaurants Ltd., Vancouver Canfor Corporation, Vancouver Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Vancouver Capital Regional District / CRD, Victoria Clio, Burnaby Cloverdale Paint Inc., Surrey Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Surrey College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, The, Vancouver Connect Hearing, Victoria Coquitlam, City of, Coquitlam Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver Douglas College, New Westminster ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc., Victoria Family Insurance Solutions Inc., Vancouver FinancialCAD Corporation / FINCAD, Surrey Fortinet Technologies (Canada) ULC, Burnaby Fraser Health Authority, Surrey Great Little Box Company, The, Richmond Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver Hemmera Envirochem Inc., Burnaby Industry Training Authority / ITA, Richmond iQmetrix, Vancouver Jacob Bros Construction Inc., Surrey JOEY Restaurant Group, Vancouver Knight Piésold Ltd., Vancouver Kwantlen Polytechnic University / KPU, Surrey LandSure Systems Ltd., Vancouver Microsoft Vancouver, Vancouver Mitacs, Vancouver Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd., Richmond Nature's Path Foods, Inc., Richmond North Vancouver, District of, North Vancouver Oppenheimer Group, Coquitlam Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co., Vancouver Peterson, Vancouver PNI Digital Media Inc., Vancouver QHR Technologies Inc., Kelowna QlikTech Corporation, Vancouver R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd., Burnaby Raymond James Ltd., Vancouver Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (Canada) Ltd., Burnaby Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver SAP Canada Inc., Vancouver Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Sophos Inc., Vancouver SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., Vancouver St. George's School, Vancouver StandardAero (formerly Vector Aerospace), Richmond Surrey, City of, Surrey Teck Resources Limited, Vancouver TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority), New Westminster Transportation Investment Corporation, Coquitlam UBC / University of British Columbia, Vancouver University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC, Prince George University of the Fraser Valley / UFV, Abbotsford Vancouver Airport Authority, Richmond Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver Vancouver, City of, Vancouver Wesgroup Equipment LLP, Surrey West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Vancouver Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler WorkSafeBC, Vancouver
SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.
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