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 Vancouver offers 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
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
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
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
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
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
SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.
For further information: Anthony Meehan, Publisher, at 416-964-6069 x9179.