Canada's Greenest
Employers (2018)
Winners from our 11th annual editorial competition
A sustainable rooftop garden in Vancouver tended by employees of the University of British Columbia / UBC, one of this year's winners

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 11th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. This award grew out of two remarkable speeches given by Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at our annual conferences in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Prior to 2009, this award was called "Canada's Most Earth-Friendly Employers". Read our press release issued on April 19, 2018 announcing this year's winners.


An employee at the City of Markham, Ontario, tending the city's butterfly-friendly garden

Selection Process

Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity, attracting new employees and clients to the organization.


Employees of Winnipeg-based Red River College helping care for the school's rooftop bee hives

Reasons for Selection

Each year before Earth Day (April 22), our editors release the list of winners and publish their reasons for selection – click an employer's name below to read why each of this year's winners was chosen. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is an important feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and "raises the bar" so that other employers can improve upon these best-practices.


A rescued baby sea otter named "Rialto" steals the show while being fed by an employee of Vancouver-based Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer operating in Canada may apply for the Canada's Greenest Employers competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2019 Competition

Applications for our 2019 competition will be available early in 2018. Our 2019 winners will be announced shortly before Earth Day, April 22, 2019. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.

Employees at the University of Alberta in Edmonton attending last year's awards ceremony for Campus Sustainability Leadership
Employees at the University of Alberta in Edmonton attending last year's awards ceremony for Campus Sustainability Leadership

2018 Winners

Here are the 2018 winners of the Canada's Greenest Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:
Employees at The Co-operators Group, based in Guelph, Ontario, volunteering to plant a forest that's friendly to bees and other pollinating insects and animals
Employees at The Co-operators Group, based in Guelph, Ontario, volunteering to plant a forest that's friendly to bees and other pollinating insects and animals

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