Nova Scotia's Top
Employers (2018)
Winners from our 12th annual editorial competition
Employees at the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia gathering for the Inspire Awards, an in-house rewards and recognition program

About the Competition

Background

Now entering its 13th year, Nova Scotia's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Nova Scotia that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The winners of our 2018 competition were announced in The Chronicle-Herald on January 20, 2018. Read the press release issued the same day, announcing this year's winners.


Employees with children are able to use the 'Kid Space' at the head office of Killam Apartment REIT in Halifax

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.


An employee of CBCL drilling at an environmental site assessment

Editorial Partner

Our editorial partner on the Nova Scotia's Top Employers competition is The Chronicle-Herald, the largest newspaper in Eastern Canada, which publishes a special feature announcing the winners. 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.


An Emera employee near the company's head office on Lower Water Street in downtown Halifax

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Nova Scotia may apply for this 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 in The Chronicle-Herald early in 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.

An employee of CBCL's Marine Monitoring group conducting water sampling
An employee of CBCL's Marine Monitoring group conducting water sampling

2018 Winners

Here are 2018 winners of the Nova Scotia's Top Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

Employees at the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia taking part in the Driving Games, a safe-driving simulator
The culinary team at High Liner Foods striking their best 'Iron Chef' pose
The culinary team at High Liner Foods striking their best 'Iron Chef' pose

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