Hamilton-Niagara's
Top Employers (2020)
Winners from our 13th annual editorial competition
Employees at McMaster University in Hamilton enjoy a tremendously picturesque campus

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 13th 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. This year's winners were announced in a special magazine published on December 4, 2019 by the Hamilton Spectator. Read the press release issued on the same day for more background on this year's competition.


Employees at Niagara Health in St. Catharines working on the kidney care program

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.


A surgeon at St. Joseph's Healthcare in conducting robotic knee surgery

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.


Going up in the bucket: an employee at Burlington Hydro approaches a electrical power line in need of repair

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.

2021 Competition

Applications for our 2021 competition will be available early in 2020. Our 2021 winners will be announced in The Spectator in the fall of 2020. 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.

The highlight of the academic calendar for Mohawk College employees and students is the college's convocation ceremonies, which take place in spring and fall
The highlight of the academic calendar for Mohawk College employees and students is the college's convocation ceremonies, which take place in spring and fall
City of Hamilton staff visiting the city's landmark methane gas tank, which was recently refurbished and placed second in an international "Tank of the Year" competition
City of Hamilton staff visiting the city's landmark methane gas tank, which was recently refurbished and placed second in an international "Tank of the Year" competition

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