Winners from our 11th annual editorial competition
Employees at Economical Insurance using an ergonomic workstation

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 11th year, Waterloo Area'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 Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Read this year's feature stories in the Waterloo Region Record and the Guelph Mercury Tribune, or check out the news release issued November 24, 2017 announcing the 2018 winners. You can also review the special print features published by the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune announcing this year's winners.


Sean Vandeweerd, Manager of Product Management at OCAS Application Services, enjoying the food truck at a brand launch party

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.


Students and staff at the University of Waterloo making adjustments to Canada's only entry in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, hosted in Hawthorne, California

Editorial Partners

The Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune are our editorial partners on the Waterloo Area's Top Employers project, announcing the winners in a special newspaper feature 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.


Employees at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company / TMMC gathering around the 7 millionth car manufactured at its Cambridge facility

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Guelph area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this as the area often referred to as Canada's Technology Triangle (including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) plus Guelph. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2019 Competition

Employer applications for our 2019 competition will be available early in 2018. Our 2019 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury Tribune in the fall of 2018. 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 at Sleeman Breweries supporting the company's United Way fundraising efforts
An employee at Sleeman Breweries supporting the company's United Way fundraising efforts
Employees at the University of Waterloo's startup incubator, Velocity Foundry
Employees at the University of Waterloo's startup incubator, Velocity Foundry

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