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Best Employers 2016: The top companies people love working for

Our second annual ranking of Canada’s Best Employers uncovers the companies where people can’t wait to get to work

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This year’s ranking marks the second time Canadian Business has partnered with Aon Best Employers in Canada, using its rigorous methodology (see below) to identify highly engaged workforces.

Leadership insights from Canada’s Best Employers 2016:

And here’s the complete list of companies:

Platinum Employers

These employers placed in the top 25% for employee engagement among the companies surveyed this year.

CompanyLocationNumber of years on the listNumber of employees*Job Listings by Indeed
Aecon Group Inc.Toronto91,854Search for jobs at Aecon Group Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company of CanadaMarkham, Ont.42,012Search for jobs at Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
ATB Financial Edmonton75,200Search for jobs at ATB Financial
Bennett Jones LLP Calgary15898Search for jobs at Bennett Jones LLP
Birchwood Automotive Group Winnipeg5882Search for jobs at Birchwood Automotive Group
Canadian Apartment Properties REIT Toronto3826Search for jobs at Canadian Apartment Properties REIT
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada Toronto16430Search for jobs at Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
CIMA+ Partenaire de génie Laval, Que.81,400Search for jobs at CIMA+ Partenaire de génie
Clark Builders Edmonton7880Search for jobs at Clark Builders
Davis Automotive Group Lethbridge, Alta.4507Search for jobs at Davis Automotive Group
Delta Hotels and Resorts Toronto165,195Search for jobs at Delta Hotels and Resorts
Edward Jones Mississauga,Ont.142,048Search for jobs at Edward Jones
EllisDon London, Ont.151,556Search for jobs at EllisDon
Farm Credit Canada Regina131,650Search for jobs at Farm Credit Canada
Federal Express Canada Ltd. Mississauga, Ont.125,947Search for jobs at Federal Express Canada Ltd.
Intact Financial Corporation Toronto19,776Search for jobs at Intact Financial Corporation
Keg Restaurants Ltd. Richmond, B.C.143,400Search for jobs at Keg Restaurants Ltd.
Keyera Corp. Calgary1899Search for jobs at Keyera Corp.
Libro Credit Union London, Ont.1551Search for jobs at Libro Credit Union
LoyaltyOne Co. Toronto71,368Search for jobs at LoyaltyOne Co.
Maritime Travel Halifax5410Search for jobs at Maritime Travel
Marriott International Mississauga, Ont.112,692Search for jobs at Marriott International
MNP LLP Calgary83,560Search for jobs at MNP LLP
OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd. Richmond, B.C.5811Search for jobs at OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd.
PCL Constructors Edmonton164,466Search for jobs at PCL Constructors
Purdys Chocolatier Vancouver7879Search for jobs at Purdys Chocolatier
Stikeman Elliott LLP Toronto71,130Search for jobs at Stikeman Elliott LLP
The Co-operators Guelph, Ont.134,100Search for jobs at The Co-operators
The Dilawri Group Winnipeg3419Search for jobs at The Dilawri Group
* Total full-time-equivalent employees within Canada.

Gold Employers

These employers placed between the top 33% and top 25% for employee engagement among the companies surveyed this year.

CompanyLocationNumber of years on the listNumber of employeesJob Listings by Indeed
Banque Nationale Montreal1117,138Search for jobs at Banque Nationale
BCAA Burnaby, B.C.7961Search for jobs at BCAA
Cintas Canada Ltd. Mississauga, Ont.81,700Search for jobs at Cintas Canada Ltd.
Cossette Communication Inc. Quebec City2700Search for jobs at Cossette Communication Inc.
Equitable Bank Toronto1420Search for jobs at Equitable Bank
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Toronto71,734Search for jobs at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
La Coop fédérée Montreal11,102Search for jobs at La Coop fédérée
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Vancouver55,154Search for jobs at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Mouvement Desjardins Lévis, Que.540,000Search for jobs at Mouvement Desjardins
Pembina Pipeline Corp. Calgary11,160Search for jobs at Pembina Pipeline Corp.
Pomeroy Lodging Grande Prairie, Alta.2527Search for jobs at Pomeroy Lodging
Skyline Group of CompaniesGuelph, Ont.1573Search for jobs at Skyline Group of Companies
* Total full-time-equivalent employees within Canada.


A total of 236 Canadian employers were assessed this year as part of Aon’s Best Employers in Canada studies. Employees at participating firms are surveyed on engagement (whether they feel motivated at work), performance culture (whether success is rewarded), leadership (whether executives treat their team as valued assets) and employment brand (whether they are proud to work at the company). The results of the survey are assessed against Aon Hewitt’s Canadian Survey Database, which includes opinions of over 625,000 Canadian workers across more than 600 organizations. Organizations that scored in the top 25% of the Canadian database achieved the Platinum Level, while those scoring in the top third achieved Gold level. According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”: They speak positively about their employer to others, are committed to staying with their current employer and are motivated by their organization’s leaders and culture to go above and beyond to contribute to business success. On average, 80% of employees were engaged at Platinum Level Best employers this year. At the Gold Level, 72% of employees were engaged.

See also: The Best Small- and Medium-Sized Employers: