THE TOP 100 EMPLOYERS FOR 2012
3M Canada Co., London. Manufacturing; 1,860 full-time employees. Provides a quiet room for meditation and reflection.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. (APTN), Winnipeg. Television broadcasting; 135 employees. Offers subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation.
Accenture Plc, Toronto. Computer programming and consulting; 3,793 employees. Offers employee referral bonuses up to $6,000.
Aecon Group Inc., Toronto. Construction and infrastructure development company; 9,684 employees. Share purchase plan available to all employees.
Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC), Lacombe, Alta. Credit intermediation; 550 employees. Supports flexible work arrangements.
Agrium Inc., Calgary. Fertilizer manufacturing; 2,251 employees. Manages a popular engineer-in-training program.
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Boyle, Alta. Pulp mills; 450 employees. Offers new employees up to four weeks of paid vacation.
AMEC Americas Ltd., Oakville, Ont. Engineering services; 7,200 employees. Offers referral bonuses for some positions of up to $5,000.
Bank of Canada, Ottawa. Banking; 1,176 employees. Offers a defined benefit pension plan.
Bayer Inc., Toronto. Pharmaceutical manufacturing; 702 employees. Provides a subsidy up to $15,000 for in-vitro fertilization when needed.
BC Public Service, Victoria. Government support; 26,201 employees. Manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees.
Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary. Lawyers; 821 employees. Offers compassionate leave top-up payments of 100 per cent of salary for one week.
Bank of Montreal, Toronto. Banking; 28,686 employees. Offers retirement planning assistance and phased-in retirement work options.
Bombardier Inc., Montreal. Aircraft manufacturing; 24,147 employees. Offers paid internship opportunities for new graduates and younger employees.
Business Development Bank of Canada, Montreal. Banking; 1,958 employees. Flexible health plan offers employees the option of purchasing additional vacation days.
Cameco Corp., Saskatoon. Uranium mining; 3,033 employees. Offers an onsite fully equipped fitness facility at head office.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto. Commercial banking; 33,965 employees. Offers referral and year-end bonuses.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Ottawa. National security; 3,311 employees. Provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers up to 93 per cent of salary for 52 weeks.
Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd., Toronto. Book publishing; 984 employees. Manages a two-year leadership program to help promote from within.
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Child and youth services; 581 employees. Offers the option to take unpaid full- and part-time educational leaves of absence.
Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay, Ont. Mine contracting and engineering; 1,034 employees. Added more than 50 new positions in Canada last year.
Ceridian Canada Ltd., Winnipeg. Payroll services; 1,297 employees. Offers formal mentoring, in-house and online training and career planning services.
Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, Burnaby, B.C. Professional organizations; 144 employees. Transit subsidy available for ride-share programs.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Toronto. Professional organizations; 285 employees. Provides flexible work arrangements for new mothers returning to work.
Dalhousie University, Halifax. Colleges and universities; 3,328 employees. Offers a health benefits plan that extends into employees' retirement years.
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, Richmond, B.C. Motorcycle dealer; 139 employees. Matches donations to employees' favourite charities.
Desjardins Group, Lévis, Que. Credit unions; 37,790 employees. Provides showers and change rooms for bicycle commuters.
Dialog, Vancouver. Architectural services; 540 employees. Provides year-end bonuses for all employees.
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., Yellowknife. Mining; 1,171 employees. Recognized for its aboriginal development program in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic.
Digital Extremes Ltd., London, Ont. Computer programming; 182 employees. Two full-time chefs prepare free healthy meals daily for staff.
EllisDon Corp., Mississauga, Ont. Building construction; 1,164 employees. Starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation.
Enbridge Inc., Calgary. Natural gas distribution; 4,681 employees. Partners with the University of Calgary to provide mentoring to undergraduates.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Toronto. Hotels; 8,705 employees. Committed to environmental stewardship through its energy and water conservation policies.
General Motors of Canada Ltd., Oshawa, Ont. Motor vehicle manufacturing; 10,317 employees. Provides generous subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation.
Georgian College, Barrie, Ont. Colleges and universities; 791 employees. Recently opened a new Health and Wellness building.
Goldcorp Inc., Vancouver. Gold mining; 2,290 employees. Offers paid time off during the holiday season.
Golder Associates Ltd., Calgary. Engineering services; 2,995 employees. Manages an international employee exchange program.
Great Little Box Co. Ltd., Richmond, B.C. Box manufacturing; 213 employees. Encourages employees to save for retirement through matching RRSP contributions.
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Hospitals; 4,529 employees. Offers in-house and online training programs.
HP Advanced Solutions Inc., Victoria. Computer system design; 403 employees. Considers previous work experience for vacation entitlements.
ISM Canada, Regina. Computer programming; 821 employees. Offers discounts on home computer equipment.
Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc., Montreal. Commercial retail spaces; 1,160 employees. Offers range of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours.
Johnson Inc., St. John's. Insurance; 1,514 employees. Offers flexible work options including telecommuting and shortened workweek option.
Knight Piésold Ltd., Vancouver. Engineering services; 181 employees. Profit-sharing and year-end bonuses available to all employees.
KPMG LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants; 5,778 employees. Offers referral bonuses up to $1,000.
L'Oréal Canada Inc., Montreal. Cosmetics manufacturing; 1,200 employees. Recognizes exceptional performance with VIP trips to company-sponsored events.
Ledcor Group of Companies, Vancouver. Building construction; 6,988 employees. Offers formal mentoring for young workers new to the construction industry.
Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Supermarkets; 29,725 employees. Subsidizes memberships to a fully equipped onsite fitness centre.
Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg. Hydroelectric power generation; 5,980 employees. Recently appointed a northern aboriginal employee counsellor.
Manitoba Lotteries Corp., Winnipeg. Gambling; 1,307 employees. Long-serving employees receive up to six weeks of paid vacation.
Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto. Life insurance; 10,999 employees. Located amidst a beautiful seven-acre garden oasis in downtown Toronto.
Mars Canada Inc., Bolton, Ont. Confectionery manufacturing; 474 employees. Offers reserved car parking for hybrid vehicles at head office.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto. Lawyers; 1,467 employees. Offers extended health benefit coverage during maternity leave.
Medtronic of Canada Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Medical apparatus manufacturing; 437 employees. New LEED certified head office offers environmentally friendly features.
Molson Coors Canada, Montreal. Breweries; 2,898 employees. Provides a fitness centre and cafeteria with subsidized meals.
Monsanto Canada Inc., Winnipeg. Agricultural biotechnology; 275 employees. Encourages employee development with tuition subsidies to $10,000.
National Ballet of Canada, Toronto. Dance company; 216 employees. Features an onsite cafeteria, with healthy and special diet menus.
National Energy Board, Calgary. Oil, gas and electric utility regulation; 363 employees. Offers a paid education leave program for employees completing work-related courses at outside institutions.
Northwest Territories, Government of the, Yellowknife. Government support; 5,862 employees. Offers compassionate leave top-up payments for care of a loved one to 100 per cent of salary for seven weeks.
Nuance Communications Canada Inc., Montreal. Software publishers; 522 employees. Offers a share purchase plan and profit-sharing to all employees.
OpenText Corp., Waterloo, Ont. Computer programming; 1,331 employees. Offers signing bonuses for some positions and referral bonuses.
Ottawa, City of. Legislative bodies, 12,103 employees. Offers subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation and career planning services.
PCL Constructors Inc., Edmonton. Building construction; 2,346 employees. Offers in-house apprenticeship opportunities.
Pfizer Canada Inc., Kirkland, Que. Pharmaceutical manufacturing; 2,726 employees. Offers an onsite daycare centre for new mothers.
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Fertilizer manufacturing; 2,765 employees. Manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants; 6,527 employees. Hosts a national PwC hockey tournament with office teams.
Procter & Gamble Inc., Toronto. Toiletry product manufacturing; 2,012 employees. Offers health benefits coverage into retirement, with no age limit.
Rescan Environmental Services Ltd., Vancouver. Environmental consulting; 146 employees. Partners with UBC's Sauder School of Business in developing a management development program.
SAS Institute (Canada) Inc., Toronto. Computer programming; 269 employees. Features an onsite fully equipped fitness facility with free membership.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Regina. Insurance carriers; 1,902 employees. Offers an informal phased-in retirement program.
SaskTel, Regina. Telecommunications; 3,131 employees. Employees and retirees volunteer tens of thousands of hours every year to community projects.
Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary. Communications; 12,666 employees. Offers subsidies for job-related courses and professional accreditation.
Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary. Petroleum and gas extraction; 7,825 employees. Provides a meditation and reflection centre.
Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., Toronto. Drug stores;1,323 employees. Offers referral bonuses up to $3,000.
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. Colleges and universities; 2,752 employees. Manages an onsite daycare facility.
Solvera Solutions, Regina. Computer programming; 130 employees. Offers personal paid days off.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, Ont. Hospitals; 2,706 employees. Outreach program directs medical personnel, supplies and equipment to countries in need.
Stryker Canada Inc., Hamilton, Ont. Surgical and medical products; 213 employees. Offers year-end performance bonuses.
Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary. Petroleum and natural gas; 12,897 employees. Offers more than 10 personal paid days off taken at the employees' discretion.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Hospitals; 5,208 employees. Offers fertility drug treatments through its health benefits plan.
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto. Banking; 43,850 employees. Operates an in-house rotational work program for women returning to work.
Technip Canada Ltd., St. John's. Engineering services; 124 employees. Offers a range of alternative work arrangements.
Telus Corp., Vancouver, B.C. Telecommunications; 24,443 employees. Hosts an annual day of service to encourage employee volunteerism.
Toronto Hydro Corp., Toronto. Electric power distribution; 1,742 employees. Employees can apply for an unpaid leave of absence for up to one year.
Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto. Motion pictures; 149 employees. Offers internship opportunities and in-house training programs.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Cambridge, Ont. Automobile manufacturing; 7,024 employees. Offers generous discounts for the lease or purchase of new vehicles.
Trican Well Service Ltd., Calgary. Support for oil and gas operations; 2,395 employees. Offers profit-sharing and a share purchase plan available to all employees.
Union Gas Ltd., Chatham-Kent, Ont. Natural gas distribution; 2,192 employees. New employees start at three weeks of paid vacation.
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Colleges and universities; 1,782 employees. Offers parental leave top-up payments to new fathers or adoptive parents up to 95 per cent of salary for 17 weeks.
University of Toronto. Colleges and universities; 8,485 employees. Manages onsite daycare facilities at each campus location.
Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver. Credit unions; 1,836 employees. Recently added a rooftop garden managed entirely by volunteer employees.
Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria. Hospitals; 8,098 employees. Offers an onsite co-operatively run fitness facility.
Vancouver, City of. Legislative bodies; 6,898 employees. Depending upon the position, offers flexible hours and an earned days-off program.
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Vancouver. Sawmills; 4,931 employees. Offers a share purchase plan option to all employees.
WestJet Airlines Ltd., Calgary. Air transportation; 5,806 employees. Donated more than 4,790 flights to charitable initiatives last year.
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc., Winnipeg. Airport operation; 150 employees. Provides discounts at airport restaurants and retail outlets.
Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Halifax. Human resource programs; 382 employees. Offers retirement planning workshops.
World Vision Canada, Mississauga, Ont. Social advocacy; 442 employees. Provides employees with the opportunity to visit locations where World Vision operates.
Xerox Canada Inc., Toronto. Computer manufacturing; 3,588 employees. Encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies up to $6,000.
Yellow Pages Group Co., Verdun, Que. Directory publishers; 2,761 employees. Added more than 280 new positions last year.
Compiled by Diane Jermyn.