CMHC Recognized as One of Canada’s Top Employers for 2021

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Every workplace has been directly impacted by COVID-19 this year. However, it’s Canada’s top employers that have distinguished themselves by innovating quickly to support employees and their communities.

This is a clear trend that’s apparent in this year’s list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2021, which was announced this morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“The very best employers have always been innovators,” said Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp.  “They are better prepared to move quickly in response to a rapid challenge like the pandemic.”

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Across this year’s list of winners, there’s a strong theme of supporting employees through the pandemic and extending that support to the communities they all call home — employees at this year’s winning companies volunteered over 570,000 hours at charitable organizations across Canada last year.

From assisting employees in setting up home offices to providing them with paid time off to volunteer in the community, this year’s winners have raised the bar in what it means to be a top employer. Many of the winners also paid increased attention to their employees’ health while working offsite, including increased subsidies for wellness and mental health.

Now in its 21st annual edition, Canada’s Top 100 Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies.

Employers are graded on eight criteria and then compared to other similar organizations in their field to determine which is performing the best. The criterium includes:

  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
  8. Community Involvement

One of this year’s winners is the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canada’s housing authority.

“CMHC is proud to be named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This win demonstrates the courage and dedication of all CMHC employees in embracing the Future of Work at CMHC and our ambitious aspiration that by 2030 everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs,” the agency said in a statement to Toronto Storeys.

“We set out to modernize our company – to make ourselves an employer of choice and create a workplace of the future – all in order to better serve Canadians. ”

Following the announcement, the federal housing agency said it’s proud of its move to a “Results-Only Work Environment, flexible health benefits, and defined benefit pension plan.”

“For many employees, CMHC has always been — and always will be — a special place to work. This is due, in large part, to the satisfaction of knowing our work benefits so many Canadians,” said the agency.

According to the report, the CMHC was selected this year for the following reasons:

  • CMHC’s wellness and mental health initiative includes a range of education, awareness, training and communications activities to help improve the mental health of employees as well as their colleagues, friends and families — the organization also maintains a dedicated committee to help support related initiatives, as well as a wellness and mental health champion;
  • Representation of CMHC’s workforce that identify as people living with disabilities has doubled in the past year, demonstrating the organization’s success in raising awareness and destigmatizing mental health and other invisible disabilities;
  • CMHC formed a reconciliation committee to promote learning about Indigenous histories and peoples, and also introduced a new Indigenous youth internship program to strengthen representation, recruitment, development and work experience of Indigenous youth

The full list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2021 can be found below:

3M Canada Company
ABB Inc.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
Accenture Inc.
Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC
Alberta Health Services / AHS
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
Bank of Canada
BASF Canada Inc.
BC Public Service
Bell Canada
Best Buy Canada Ltd.
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canada Energy Regulator
Canada Life Assurance Company, The
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation / CMHC
Canada Revenue Agency / CRA
Canadian National Railway
Capital One Canada
Cargill Limited
Cascades ULC
CBC / Radio-Canada
Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Citi Canada
College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
CWB National Leasing Inc.
Danone Canada
Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
Digital Extremes Ltd.
Emera Inc.
Employment and Social Development Canada
Enbridge Inc.
ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc.
Export Development Canada
Fidelity Canada
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
GlaxoSmithKline Inc. / GSK
Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Hatch Ltd.
Health Canada / Santé Canada
Hospital for Sick Children, The
House of Commons Administration
Imperial Oil Limited
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Irving Oil
Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
Kellogg Canada Inc.
Keurig Canada Inc.
K+S Potash Canada GP
Labatt Brewing Company Limited
Laurentide Controls Ltd.
Loblaw Companies Limited
L’Oréal Canada Inc.
Mars Inc.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Medtronic Canada ULC
Mondelēz International
Mott MacDonald Canada Limited
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
Nutrien Inc.
Oppenheimer Group
PCL Construction
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
PepsiCo Canada
Pomerleau Inc.
Procter & Gamble Inc.
ResMed Halifax ULC
Rio Tinto
Rogers Communications Inc.
Royal Bank of Canada
RSA Canada Group
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
SAP Canada Inc.
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd.
Shopify Inc.
Simon Fraser University
Stryker Canada ULC
Suncor Energy Inc.
TD Bank Group
Teck Resources Limited
TELUS Communications Inc.
Thomson Reuters Canada Limited
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
Université de Montréal
University of New Brunswick / UNB
University of Toronto
Verafin Inc.
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
World Vision Canada
Yukon, Government of

You can read the full report here

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