The Top 100
They offer flex hours, on-site daycare, transit rebates and free gyms. They're Canada's top employers, and they're raising the benefits bar.
RICHARD YEREMA | October 1, 2008 |
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Below are the 100 companies in Canada with the most to offer workers. The companies are not ranked — they are classified by industry and presented in alphabetical order.
(X) Indicates number of Canadian full-time employees
Publisher, Toronto. The Thomson Reuters division has compassionate leave top-up payments to 95% of salary for eight weeks; $5,000 in adoption assistance per child. (641)
Compass Group Canada Ltd.
Food services company, Mississauga, Ont. Focused training program to help women advance into management-level positions; compassionate care top-up benefits to 80% of salary for six weeks. (11,942)
Fairmont Hotels Inc.
Luxury hotels & resorts, Toronto. Job opportunities around the world including Cairo and South Africa; discounted rates at the company's hotels and resorts for employees and their families and friends. (8,836)
IKEA Canada LP
Home furnishings retailer, Burlington, Ont. On-site daycare at some stores; flexible work programs available; career opportunities in over 35 countries. (1,401)
L'Oréal Canada Inc.
Cosmetics company, Montreal. On-site daycare; downtown workplace has specialty coffee bar and bistro, and discount cosmetics boutique; international training courses in Paris and New York City. (1,200)
Mars Canada Inc.
Foodmaker, Bolton, Ont. Canadian candy maker offers snacks at cost in on-site store; vacation purchase program; one-on-one on-site fitness training; generous referral bonuses. (478)
Procter & Gamble Inc.
Consumer products, Toronto. In addition to three paid personal days off, workers can increase vacation days by transferring unused credits from health benefits plan. (2,018)
Canadian Tire Financial Services Ltd.
Financial services, Welland, Ont. Impressive array of training options; health benefits for retirees; informal discussion sessions with the president. (1,338)
HSBC Bank Canada
Financial services, Vancouver. Carbon neutral through investment in wind power; adoptive parents get $4,000; three paid study days annually; scholarships for kids. (5,777)
Meridian Credit Union
Financial services, St. Catharines, Ont. Tuition subsidies up to $2,000 at outside institutions; paid time off for volunteering. (420)
Opseu Pension Trust
Pension manager, Toronto. Weekly visits by a wellness coordinator; on-site yoga and exercise classes; generous parental leaves; five paid personal days off. (156)
Royal Bank of Canada
Financial services, Toronto. Nearly one-third of workers take advantage of flexible work options; traditional pension plan plus matching RSP contributions. (52,000)
Russell Investments Canada Ltd.
Investment management services, Toronto. Tuition subsidy up to $8,000; eight-week paid sabbatical every 10 years; early closings on long summer weekends. (120)
Financial services, Toronto. Low-interest home loans, share-purchase plan; training programs for employees with foreign credentials. (31,473)
Aecon Group Inc.