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Agriculture Financial Services Corp.

Lacombe, Alta.

Credit intermediation

501

Supports flexible work arrangements, such as shortened work weeks, reduced summer hours and telecommuting.

Agrium Inc.

Calgary

Fertilizer manufacturing

1,898

Manages an engineer-in-training program designed to expose young employees to a variety of engineering disciplines.

ATB Financial

Edmonton

Credit unions

4,044

Subsidizes the full cost of tuition for employees completing courses at outside institutions (with no annual maximum).

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.

Boyle, Alta.

Pulp mills

439

Provides up to four weeks paid vacation with the fourth week flexible - employees can take it as time off or as extra income.

AMEC Americas Ltd.

Oakville, Ont.

Engineering services

4,801

Recently implemented a two-year engineer-in-training program, in which engineering graduates receive mentoring assistance and on-the-job guidance while preparing to write the PEng Ontario licensing exam.

Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario

Toronto

Labour unions

22

Provides parental leave top-up payments to new fathers and adoptive parents (up to 93 per cent for 37 weeks).

Assumption Mutual Life Insurance

Moncton

Insurance agencies and brokerages

223

Supports ongoing employee skills development with financial bonuses, a mentoring program and career planning services.

Bank of Montreal

Toronto

Commercial banking

25,541

Delivers more than 350 courses and training programs at Toronto-based Institute for Learning, a state-of-the-art training facility.

Bayer Inc.

Toronto

Pharmaceutical manufacturing

963

Has a marché-style cafeteria with healthy menu items, take-home meals, Starbucks coffee and fruit smoothies.

BC Hydro

Vancouver

Hydroelectric power generation

5,437

Helps employees prepare for retirement with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and a phased-in retirement work option.

BC Public Service

Victoria

Government support

26,526

Encourages recent graduates to work at the organization by forgiving up to one-third of their total B.C. student loan amount after each year of employment.

BD Canada Inc.

Mississauga, Ont.

Medical, dental and hospital equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers

481

Provides subsidized memberships at the fully equipped fitness facility, with available karate and body sculpting classes.

BioWare

Edmonton

Custom computer programming services

402

Helps employees stay healthy by providing free nutritious breakfasts every day, in addition to free memberships to an onsite gym.

British Columbia Lottery Corp. (BCLC)

Kamloops

Gambling industries

730

Has a flexible health-benefits plan that includes fully paid health coverage for retired employees (with no age limit).

British Columbia Safety Authority

New Westminster, B.C.

Regulation, licensing and inspection of miscellaneous commercial sectors

241

Covers child-care costs for employees required to attend company events or business trips.

Business Devel. Bank of Canada (BDC)

Montreal

Credit intermediation and financing

1,685

Pays referral bonuses (up to $2,000) when employees successfully refer a friend for an available position.

Cameco Corp.

Saskatoon

Uranium mining and processing

2,761

Helps employees prepare for retirement with matching RRSP contributions, phased-in retirement work options, and fully paid retiree health coverage (with no age limit).

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC)

Ottawa

Government support

2,024

Runs a program for experienced or retired employees that lets them share their expertise by working on housing projects overseas.

Canada Post Corp.

Ottawa

Postal service

61,856

Plays host to long-standing hockey and curling tournaments that bring together employees from across Canada for weekends of fun and fundraising for charity.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Ottawa

Grant-making foundations

442

Offers a leadership development program for managers and non-managerial employees.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Ottawa

National security

2,449

Initiated a recruiting campaign to hire more new employees from various ethnic communities with success: more than 50 per cent of new intelligence officer hires in 2007 were multilingual.

Capital District Health Authority

Halifax

Hospitals

6,264

Committed to employee wellness, providing healthy cafeteria options, a religious observance room and a nap room for employees who need a break during the day.

Capital One Services Inc.

Toronto

Credit card issuing

176

Subsidizes the cost of a transit pass for employees who take public transit to work.

Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd.

Toronto

Book publishers

645

Manages a two-year leadership program for employees with more than 80 per cent of participants promoted upon program completion.

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Toronto

Children and youth services

607

Provides new mothers with the option of extending their maternity leave for up to three years.

Ceridian Canada Ltd.

Winnipeg

Payroll services

1,262

Ensures employees' pets are covered through an innovative pet plan insurance subsidy.

CH2M HILL Canada Ltd.

Toronto

Environmental consulting services

1,079

Provides employees with a full-time teleworking option, so they can spend more time with their families and reduce commuting time.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Chatham-Kent, Ont.

Hospitals

706

Operates a "Green Team" environmental committee, whose activities include a monthly newsletter, an employee awareness program, and an annual environmental expo for patients, employees and their families.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Toronto

Professional organization

249

An enlightened employer where more than 65 per cent of management employees are women.

Compass Group Canada

Mississauga, Ont.

Food service contractors

11,775

Offers generous cash bonuses for achieving certain professional designations (up to $5,000) and operates a focused training program to help women employees advance to management-level positions.

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada

Richmond, B.C.

Automobile and other vehicle merchant wholesalers

171

Encourages employees to volunteer in the community by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.

DeltaWare Systems Inc.

Charlottetown

Custom computer programming services

91

Encourages ongoing employee education through tuition subsidies for in-house and external courses.

Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI)

Yellowknife

Diamond mining

863

Offers one of the most unique work environments in Canada with never-ending summer days and spectacular displays of aurora borealis in the autumn through spring.

Digital Extremes

London, Ont.

Custom computer programming services

96

An expanding independent Canadian game developer, which added more than 30 new positions last year and employs nearly 100 people.

EllisDon Corporation

Mississauga, Ont.

Commercial and institutional building construction

884

Considers a new employees' previous years of experience when determining their starting vacation entitlement.

Enbridge Inc.

Calgary

Natural gas distribution

3,981

Offers new employees three weeks of vacation to start, plus a dozen paid personal days off (depending on location).

Ericsson Canada Inc.

Montreal

Wireless communications

1,734

Has an onsite daycare centre (with 54 spaces) for new parents when returning to work.

Ernst & Young LLP

Toronto

Certified public accountants

4,111

Gives employees the opportunity to work for up to 18 months abroad through a number of international work programs.

Export Development Canada

Ottawa

International trade financing

1,075

Offers employees language instruction in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Toronto

Hotels and motels

8,643

A creative corporate citizen, from donating unused furniture to local women's shelters to providing luxury hotel accommodations to children and their families through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories Inc.

Brampton, Ont.

Medical laboratories

1,422

Helps employees prepare for retirement through phased-in retirement options, retirement planning counselling and matching RRSP contributions (to 4 per cent of salary).

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited

Mississauga, Ont.

Creamery/butter manufacturing

468

Helps employees balance their working and personal lives through a variety of alternative work options, including flexible scheduling, reduced summer hours, telecommuting and a 35-hour work week with full pay.

George Brown College

Toronto

Colleges, universities and professional schools

1,300

Gives employees free memberships to their onsite fitness facility, in addition to subsidized fitness programs.

Goldcorp Inc.

Vancouver

Gold ore mining

2,350

Lets employees share in the fruits of their labours through a share-purchase plan and year-end bonuses for all employees.

Golder Associates Ltd.

Burnaby, B.C.

Engineering services

2,541

Supports numerous charities at home and maintains a charitable trust fund to help orphans living through the AIDS crisis in Africa.

Great Little Box Company Ltd.

Vancouver

Corrugated and solid fibre box manufacturing

172

An enlightened privately held employer that opens its books each month to employees.

The Halifax Herald Ltd.

Halifax

Newspaper publishers

325

Gives employees a paid day off on their birthday.

Hamilton Health Sciences Corp.

Hamilton

Hospitals

5,682

Helps internationally trained physicians find health-care placements in Canada.

Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

Mississauga, Ont.

Electronic computer manufacturing

3,871

Offers a generous, flexible health benefits plan with no waiting period for new employees.

Hill and Knowlton Canada

Toronto

Public relations agencies

226

Celebrates the end of each week with a travelling beer cart that winds through the office.

Honeywell Ltd.

Mississauga, Ont.

Heating/ventilation/air-conditioning control systems for residential and commercial use

4,590

Helps employees save for retirement with a defined contribution pension plan, matching RRSP contributions and organized social events for retirees.

Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan (ISC)

Regina

Title, abstract and settlement offices

274

Encourages employees to develop their skills by providing full tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions.

Johnson Incorporated

St. John's

Insurance agencies and brokerages

1,066

Encourages employees to pursue professional designations by offering financial bonuses (up to $2,000) upon successful completion.

KPMG LLP

Toronto

Certified public accountants

5,245

Offers parental leave top-up for adoptive parents and financial support (to $20,000) to help cover adoption-related expenses.

L'Oréal Canada Inc.

Montreal

Toiletry product manufacturing

1,200

Offers early Friday closings in the winter and summer, letting employees start their weekends early all year round.

Loblaw Companies Limited

Brampton, Ont.

Supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores

31,670

Manages an 18-month internship program for recent graduates, in fields such as marketing, merchandising, IT, human resources and finance.

Mars Canada Inc.

Bolton, Ont.

Confectionery manufacturing

472

Hosts weekly visits from a wellness co-ordinator who provides one-on-one fitness training.

McGill University

Montreal

Colleges, universities and professional schools

5,604

Participates in a inter-university leadership development program, where senior staff work on joint projects at other institutions.

MDS Nordion Inc.

Ottawa

Electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing

616

Located on a 60-acre campus in the heart of the city's technology community, yet is also close to residential communities.

Meridian Credit Union

St. Catharines, Ont.

Credit unions

745

An industry leader that provides compassionate leave top-up benefits (to 75 per cent of salary for four weeks).

Monsanto Canada Inc.

Winnipeg

Pesticide and agricultural chemical manufacturing

272

Encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (up to $10,000) for courses at outside institutions.

Mountain Equipment Co-op

Vancouver

Sporting goods store

582

Head office employees can stay healthy with on-site yoga classes, shower facilities for bicycle commuters, and a private nap room for breaks during the day.

MTS Allstream Inc.

Winnipeg

Telecommunications

6,424

Pays generous referral bonuses (up to $3,000) when employees refer someone successfully hired by the company.

NB Power

Fredericton

Hydroelectric power generation

2,465

Operates a unique earned time-off program that lets employees take leaves of absence (up to two months) while receiving their deferred pay.

New Flyer Industries Canada ULC

Winnipeg

Transit bus manufacturing

1,288

Provides full salaries to millwright, tool-and-die and machinist apprentices during their training, as well as tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions.

Next Level Games Inc.

Vancouver

Custom computer programming services

95

Offers flexible work hours, telecommuting and lets employees bring their pets to work when needed.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

Dorval, Que.

Pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing

792

Committed to employee wellness, providing employees with free memberships to an on-site fitness facility, healthy menu cafeteria options, and a nap room for breaks during the day.

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Ottawa

Government support

705

Offers an unpaid leave of absence program - one employee recently spent one year of travelling and living aboard a sailboat.

OMNI Health Care Limited Partnership

Peterborough, Ont.

Nursing care facilities

1,137

Starts employees at three weeks paid vacation, in addition to seven days off during the Christmas holiday and personal paid days off.

Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Toronto

Hydroelectric power generation

11,915

Has an employee-led committee to review funding requests from charitable and non-profit organizations.

Ontario Public Service

Toronto

Government support

67,339

Recently introduced internship and training programs to recruit new graduates and young professionals into the civil service.

PCL Constructors Inc.

Edmonton

Commercial and institutional building construction

2,066

Lets all employees share in the company's success through a share-purchase plan - the firm is 100-per-cent employee owned.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Toronto

Certified public accountants

6,048

Donates $300 to an employee's favourite charity when they volunteer more than 50 hours a year and donates $10,000 on behalf of its employee volunteer of the year.

Procter & Gamble Inc.

Toronto

Toiletry product manufacturing

1,912

Lets employees increase their vacation days by transferring unused credits from their health benefits plan and offers three-month paid leaves of absence every seven years.

Queen's University

Kingston

Colleges, universities and professional schools

3,669

Helps employees with young children with an offsite daycare subsidy (up to $2,000 per child, per year).

Research In Motion Limited

Waterloo

Wireless communications

8,576

Lets all employees share in the company's success through a profit-sharing plan and year-end bonuses.

Royal Bank of Canada

Toronto

Commercial banking

52,500

Helps employees save for a secure retirement through a defined-benefit pension plan, a money-purchase pension plan as well as a share-purchase plan.

Royal British Columbia Museum Corp.

Victoria

Museums

115

Manages a transitional retirement work program that helps older employees gradually leave the work force.

Royal Canadian Mint

Ottawa

Government support

796

Offers employees exceptional parental leave top-up payments (up to 93 per cent of salary for 52 weeks) for new mothers.

SAS Institute Canada, Inc.

Toronto

Custom computer services

226

Employees have their own band, called the "SASations," which performs at company events.

Saskatchewan Gov't Insurance (SGI)

Regina

Direct property and casualty insurance carriers

1,699

Provides employees with an interest-free loan (up to $3,000) toward the purchase of a new home computer.

SaskEnergy Incorporated

Regina

Natural gas distribution

1,031

Encourages employees to put their skills to use by performing simple home energy upgrades for low-income families.

SaskTel

Regina

Telecommunications

3,260

Offers employees free memberships to their onsite fitness facility and is located close to running trails along Wascana Lake.

Shell Canada Limited

Calgary

Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction

5,514

Offers a number of work-life balance initiatives, from helping employees find child care and schools for their children to senior-care facilities across Canada for aging parents.

Siemens Canada Limited

Mississauga, Ont.

Engineering services

4,218

Supports ongoing employee development, paying one month's salary as a financial bonus to employees who complete their professional project management designation.

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, B.C.

Colleges, universities and professional schools

4,381

Employees can take advantage of an onsite daycare facility as well as a summer day-camp program for school-age children of employees.

Sophos Inc.

Vancouver

Custom computer services

189

Helps employees save for retirement with a matching RRSP plan.

Statistics Canada

Ottawa

Government support

5,844

Has an onsite daycare (with more than 40 spaces) that also offers emergency short-term daycare service.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Toronto/Montreal

Law firms

1,286

Provides internship and mentorship opportunities to at-risk youth as part of a Toronto-area program designed to help disadvantaged children stay in school.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Toronto

Hospitals

5,049

Recently implemented unique inter-professional education sessions, in which employees from different areas of expertise meet to discuss how they can work together more effectively and improve patient care.

TD Bank Financial Group

Toronto

Commercial banking

37,088

Recently developed a training curriculum, in partnership with Ryerson University, to provide cultural training to internationally educated professionals.

Telus Corporation

Vancouver

Telecommunications

25,961

Supports a variety of alternative work options, including flexible hours, reduced summer hours and a 35-hour work week, with full pay.

Toronto Community Housing Corp.

Toronto

Residential property managers

1,403

Introduced a new healthy workplace plan, whose initiatives include an employee walking club, free health clinics, and lunch and learn sessions on a variety of wellness topics.

Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto

Electric power distribution

1,450

Employees have the chance to win a week of paid vacation as part of the company's fundraising efforts for the United Way.

Toyota Motor Manu. Canada Inc.

Cambridge, Ont.

Automobile manufacturing

5,954

Provides parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (up to 65 per cent for 52 weeks) and new fathers (up to 65 per cent for 37 weeks)

Trican Well Service Ltd.

Calgary

Support activities for oil and gas operations

1,486

Provides a number of financial benefits, including preferred rates on mortgages and personal loans, profit sharing and matching RRSP contributions (up to 5 per cent of salary).

Upside Software Inc.

Edmonton

Custom computer programming services

149

Rewards exceptional employee performance with cash bonuses and other awards, including a one-week trip for two to Baja, Calif.

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Victoria

Hospitals

17,397

Supports ongoing employee skills development by sponsoring nursing employees who wish to pursue post-graduate training.

City of Vancouver

Vancouver

Government

6,644

A community leader that provides six-month work experience terms to individuals recovering from drug addiction in partnership with local community organizations.

Yellow Pages Group Co.

Verdun, Que.

Directory and mailing list publishers

2,402

Extends fully paid health benefit coverage to retired employees, with no age limit.

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