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Greater Toronto's Top Employers
is an annual competition that recognizes the best places to work in the Greater Toronto Area
The Greater Toronto Area is the largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a 2006 census population of 5.5 million. The Greater Toronto Area is usually defined as the central city of Toronto, along with four regional municipalities surrounding it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York...
(which includes City of Toronto and the Regional Municipalities
A regional municipality is a type of Canadian municipal government similar to and at the same municipal government level as a county, although the specific structure and servicing responsibilities may vary from place to place...
of York, Halton, Peel and Durham). Published annually since October 2006, the designation singles out the employers in greater Toronto that lead their industries in creating forward-thinking workplaces with progressive human resources policies. Winners are chosen by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers
Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual competition that recognizes the best places in Canada to work. First held in 1999, the project aims to single out the employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional working conditions and progressive human resources policies. Winners are...
and announced in a special editorial feature published each fall by the Toronto Star
The Toronto Star is Canada's highest-circulation newspaper, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its print edition is distributed almost entirely within the province of Ontario...
, Canada's largest newspaper. The Star's editorial coverage of this competition in 2007 won first-place at the Inland Press Awards in Chicago.
Applicants for the award are compared to other employers in their industry, using eight main criteria: (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. The winning employers are the ones that offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. An academic advisory board, composed of four distinguished professors from across Canada, oversee the competition's selection criteria each year.
Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Greater Toronto Area may apply to be considered for the award, which is made for one calendar year. The competition is open to public-sector and private-sector employers alike. Employers complete a single annual application to be considered for both the Greater Toronto's Top Employers and the Canada's Top 100 Employers designation.