Every workplace has been directly impacted by COVID-19 this year. However, it's Canada's top employers that have distinguished themselves by innovating quickly to support employees and their communities.

This is a clear trend that's apparent in this year's list of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2021, which was announced this morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“The very best employers have always been innovators,” said Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp.  “They are better prepared to move quickly in response to a rapid challenge like the pandemic.”

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Across this year's list of winners, there's a strong theme of supporting employees through the pandemic and extending that support to the communities they all call home -- employees at this year's winning companies volunteered over 570,000 hours at charitable organizations across Canada last year.

From assisting employees in setting up home offices to providing them with paid time off to volunteer in the community, this year's winners have raised the bar in what it means to be a top employer. Many of the winners also paid increased attention to their employees' health while working offsite, including increased subsidies for wellness and mental health.

Now in its 21st annual edition, Canada’s Top 100 Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies.

Employers are graded on eight criteria and then compared to other similar organizations in their field to determine which is performing the best. The criterium includes:

  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
  8. Community Involvement
  9. One of this year's winners is the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canada’s housing authority.

    "CMHC is proud to be named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This win demonstrates the courage and dedication of all CMHC employees in embracing the Future of Work at CMHC and our ambitious aspiration that by 2030 everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs," the agency said in a statement to Toronto Storeys.

    "We set out to modernize our company – to make ourselves an employer of choice and create a workplace of the future – all in order to better serve Canadians. "

    Following the announcement, the federal housing agency said it's proud of its move to a "Results-Only Work Environment, flexible health benefits, and defined benefit pension plan."

    "For many employees, CMHC has always been -- and always will be -- a special place to work. This is due, in large part, to the satisfaction of knowing our work benefits so many Canadians," said the agency.

    According to the report, the CMHC was selected this year for the following reasons:

    • CMHC's wellness and mental health initiative includes a range of education, awareness, training and communications activities to help improve the mental health of employees as well as their colleagues, friends and families -- the organization also maintains a dedicated committee to help support related initiatives, as well as a wellness and mental health champion;
    • Representation of CMHC's workforce that identify as people living with disabilities has doubled in the past year, demonstrating the organization's success in raising awareness and destigmatizing mental health and other invisible disabilities;
    • CMHC formed a reconciliation committee to promote learning about Indigenous histories and peoples, and also introduced a new Indigenous youth internship program to strengthen representation, recruitment, development and work experience of Indigenous youth
    • The full list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2021 can be found below:

      3M Canada Company

      ABB Inc.

      Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN

      Accenture Inc.

      Adobe Systems Canada Inc.

      Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC

      Alberta Health Services / AHS

      ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.

      Bank of Canada

      BASF Canada Inc.

      BC Public Service

      Bell Canada

      Best Buy Canada Ltd.

      British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI

      Business Development Bank of Canada

      Canada Energy Regulator

      Canada Life Assurance Company, The

      Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation / CMHC

      Canada Revenue Agency / CRA

      Canadian National Railway

      Capital One Canada

      Cargill Limited

      Cascades ULC

      CBC / Radio-Canada


      Cisco Systems Canada Co.

      Citi Canada

      College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

      CWB National Leasing Inc.

      Danone Canada

      Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins

      Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.

      Digital Extremes Ltd.

      Emera Inc.

      Employment and Social Development Canada

      Enbridge Inc.

      ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc.

      Export Development Canada

      Fidelity Canada

      Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited



      GlaxoSmithKline Inc. / GSK

      Greater Vancouver Food Bank

      Hatch Ltd.

      Health Canada / Santé Canada

      Hospital for Sick Children, The

      House of Commons Administration

      Imperial Oil Limited

      Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

      Irving Oil

      Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

      Kellogg Canada Inc.

      Keurig Canada Inc.

      KPMG LLP

      K+S Potash Canada GP

      Labatt Brewing Company Limited

      Laurentide Controls Ltd.

      Loblaw Companies Limited

      L’Oréal Canada Inc.

      Mars Inc.

      McCarthy Tétrault LLP

      Medtronic Canada ULC

      Mondelēz International

      Mott MacDonald Canada Limited

      Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

      Nutrien Inc.

      Oppenheimer Group

      PCL Construction

      Pembina Pipeline Corporation

      PepsiCo Canada

      Pomerleau Inc.

      Procter & Gamble Inc.

      ResMed Halifax ULC

      Rio Tinto

      Rogers Communications Inc.

      Royal Bank of Canada

      RSA Canada Group


      Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

      SAP Canada Inc.


      Schneider Electric Canada Inc.

      Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd.

      Shopify Inc.

      Simon Fraser University

      Stryker Canada ULC

      Suncor Energy Inc.

      TD Bank Group

      Teck Resources Limited

      TELUS Communications Inc.

      Thomson Reuters Canada Limited

      Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC

      Université de Montréal

      University of New Brunswick / UNB

      University of Toronto

      Verafin Inc.

      West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

      World Vision Canada

      Yukon, Government of

      You can read the full report here

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