Waterloo Area's Top
Employers (2020)
Winners from our 13th annual editorial competition
Employees from GHD Limited raising money for charity at a local cycling event

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 13th 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 area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year’s winners were announced in a special feature published in the Waterloo Region Record on December 10, 2019. Read the press release issued the same day for more background on this year’s feature.


Employees at WalterFedy Inc. work in an open-concept workspace that allows staff to collaborate across disciplines

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.


Employees at Equitable Life enjoying 'Food Truck Thursdays', a special event each May that features a different food truck every week and raises money for a local autism charity

Editorial Partners

The Waterloo Region Record is our editorial partner on the Waterloo Area's Top Employers project, announcing the winners in a special print and online feature each year. Additional coverage of this year’s winners also appears in the Guelph Mercury Tribune and Cambridge Times. 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.


A presenter speaks to University of Waterloo employees at the annual staff conference

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.

2021 Competition

Employer applications for our 2021 competition will be available early in 2020. Our 2021 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record 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.

Architecture staff at WalterFedy Inc. share design challenges and successes at one of the company's weekly, open-forum 'Crit' sessions
Architecture staff at WalterFedy Inc. share design challenges and successes at one of the company's weekly, open-forum 'Crit' sessions
Wilfrid Laurier University provides full tuition subsidies for staff to upgrade their skills as well as academic scholarship for employees' children.
Wilfrid Laurier University provides full tuition subsidies for staff to upgrade their skills as well as academic scholarship for employees' children.

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