Winners from our 10th annual editorial competition
McMaster University medical students working at the Niagara campus

About the Competition

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Now entering its 10th year, Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area of Ontario that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Our 2017 winners were announced in a special magazine published by The Hamilton Spectator on November 23, 2016.

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (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; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Burlington Hydro employee heading out for a work day

Editorial Partner

The Hamilton Spectator is our editorial partner on the Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers project and announces the winners each year in a special magazine each fall. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is a distinguishing feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and “raises the bar” so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well elsewhere.

McMaster University faculty, employees and students enjoy a short walking distance to Coote's Paradise wetland

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Hamilton-Niagara area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this to include the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, plus the Regional Municipality of Niagara (including St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie). Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2018 Competition

Applications for our 2018 competition will be available early in 2017. Our 2018 winners will be announced in The Spectator in the fall of 2017.

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.

City of Hamilton employees enjoying a summer's day in the nearby Gore Park
City of Hamilton employees enjoying a summer's day in the nearby Gore Park

2017 Winners

Here are the 2017 winners of the Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

Brock University employees and students meet frequently in Market Hall
Brock University employees and students having fun at the annual grape stomp event
Brock University employees and students having fun at the annual grape stomp event

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