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Atlantic Canada’s 25 Top Employers

Atlantic Canada’s 25 Top Employers

Presented exclusively by Atlantic Business Magazine, in partnership with Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Whether you’re a midsize corporation or a 10,000 member strong publicsector organization, much of your success depends on the knowledge and skills of your employees. The more motivated and skilled your staff, the better you will perform. But there’s a catch: knowledgeable and passionate people are in high demand. If you want to recruit and retain the best and brightest, you have to become an employer of choice – like the 25 organizations on this year’s list of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers.

What does it take to get on “the list?” According to Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, it requires visionary leaders who recognize the intrinsic importance of their human resources and build appreciation for those contributions into the DNA of their organizations. You also have to apply.

You can apply for the Atlantic Canada list of Top Employers competition through the Canada’s Top 100 Employers application. This single application covers the national and regional competitions. Note that the following information about the Top Employers comes directly from Mediacorp: they conduct the research and data verification. For more information about the selection process, visit: canadastop100.com

Annapolis Valley District Health Authority

Description: provides health and wellness services to Kings and Annapolis counties through five hospital and health centre sites.

Location: Kentville, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 1,011

Interest points:

  • defined benefit pension plan, retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees.
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments to new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents, with option to extend leave into an unpaid leave of absence.
  • encourages work-life balance through a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks, telecommuting and reduced summer hours.
  • earned days-off program and personal paid days off.
  • hosts a number of social events throughout the year including an employee soccer tournament and curling bonspiel.
Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Company

Description: provides individual and group insurance, investment, mortgage, and group savings and retirement planning services.

Location: Moncton, N.B.

Full-time employees in Canada: 213

Interest points:

  • profit-sharing plan available to all employees.
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents (to 75 per cent of salary for 17 weeks).
  • tuition subsidies for employees; some course completions rewarded with financial bonuses.
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (up to $1,250 per child).
  • retirement planning assistance, phasedin work options and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.
Bell Aliant Inc.

Description: one of North America’s largest regional communications companies, providing information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions to customers in six provinces.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 7,000

Interest points:

  • three weeks paid vacation for new employees, increases to six weeks for long-serving employees.
  • retirement planning assistance, a defined contribution pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit.
  • alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting and shortened and compressed work weeks.
  • maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 75 per cent of salary for 27 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers or adoptive parents (to 75 per cent of salary for 25 weeks).
  • share purchase plan available to all employees; signing and year-end bonuses to some employees.
  • sponsors a pioneer volunteers network of over 7,100 members composed of current and former employees who volunteer in various communities across Atlantic Canada.
Caisses populaires acadiennes

Description: provides a complete range of personal and business financial services to approximately 200,000 members, and boasts a proud history of serving and helping to develop and shape today’s Acadian and Francophone communities in New Brunswick.

Location: Caraquet, N.B.

Full-time employees in Canada: 948

Interest points:

  • three weeks paid vacation for new employees, increases to six weeks for long-serving employees.
  • year-end bonuses for all employees.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses; rewards some course completions with financial bonuses (up to $1,000).
  • generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.
  • the credit union and its employees support numerous charitable and local community events every year, with employees playing an active role in the selection of the initiatives supported.

Cape Breton District Health Authority / CBDHA

Description: provides primary, secondary and tertiary care through eight hospital locations across Cape Breton Island.

Location: Sydney, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 2,338

Interest points:

  • maternity leave top-up payments (to 93 per cent of salary for 15 weeks) as well as extended health benefits coverage during their leave and parental leave top-ups to new fathers or adoptive parents, to 93 per cent of salary for 10 weeks.
  • generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.
  • encourages work-life balance through alternative work options including flexible hours, telecommuting and reduced summer hours.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $5,000) and a variety of in-house and online training programs.
  • paid internships, co-op programs and summer student positions.
  • cultural competency training and pridefocused employee resource group.

CBCL Limited

Description: an employee-owned consulting engineering firm that operates in Atlantic Canada.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 265

Interest points:

  • supports a number of local, national and international charitable organizations and provides paid time off for employees to volunteer.
  • provides a variety of in-house and online training programs, and tuition subsidies for job-related courses.
  • signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses for employees who refer a candidate that is successfully hired by the organization.
  • contributes to a defined contribution pension plan.
  • compassionate leave top-up payments to employees who are called upon to care for a loved one (to 100 per cent of salary for one week).
  • hosts a number of social events throughout the year including an employee golf tournament, after work socials, and a lunchtime pizza event with prize draws.

Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership

Description: seafood company that harvests, processes, and distributes shellfish and groundfish.

Location: Bedford, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 230

Interest points:

  • retirement planning assistance and contributions to a matching RSP plan.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses; rewards some course completions with financial bonuses.
  • in-house training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities and skilled trades programs.
  • company-subsidized social committee organizes a number of events throughout the year such as lunchtime barbecues, skating events, boat cruises,and golf and bowling tournaments.

Dalhousie University

Description: a leading post-secondary academic institution serving over 16,500 full- and part-time students.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 3,691

Interest points:

  • great work location in one of the country’s leading university campuses, situated on 79 acres of landscaped grounds located within walking distance to historic downtown Halifax and a wide selection of restaurants and shops.
  • helps new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, with the amount dependent upon employee group and length of service.
  • free tuition for employees (up to two credits each year) and generous tuition subsidies for employees’ immediate family members.
  • subsidized memberships to the Dalplex fitness centre, which includes a fullyequipped gymnasium, swimming, racquetball and squash and instructorled fitness classes.
  • phased-in retirement work options and a defined benefit pension plan as well as a health benefits plan that extends into their retirement, with no age limit
  • Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners organizes social events and represents retiree interests on the University’s pension and benefits committees.

DeltaWare Systems Inc.

Description: a subsidiary of Maximus Inc., it provides information technology consulting and software development services, specializing in e-health and e-business applications.

Location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Full-time employees in Canada: 115

Interest points:

  • new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation and can schedule additional time off through an earned days off program
  • flexible work hours, telecommuting option and shortened work weeks.
  • formal mentoring and a variety of inhouse and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • encourages employees to stay physically fit through employee sports teams and also offers an annual health club subsidy.
  • supports a variety of local and national charitable initiatives and provides employees with paid time off to volunteer.

Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation

Description: an independent non-profit organization that promotes energy conservation.

Location: Dartmouth, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 77

Interest points:

  • contributes to a defined contribution pension plan (to three per cent of salary)
  • new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance.
  • flexible work hours as well as a telecommuting option.
  • in-house and online training programs, and tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $2,500).
  • hosts social events throughout the year including an employee pool tournament, and a Summer Family Day.

Guysborough Antigonish

Description: provides healthcare services to residents in Antigonish, Guysborough, the Strait area, Richmond and southern Inverness County.

Location: Antigonish, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 661

Interest points:

  • retirement planning assistance, defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit.
  • maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 93 per cent of salary for 15 weeks) and flexible hours for when they are ready to return to work.
  • parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents, to 93 per cent of salary for 15 weeks.
  • new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance, moving to six weeks for long-serving employees.
  • formal mentoring, in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • social events hosted throughout the year include an employee golf tournament and an annual staff appreciation barbecue and pizza party.

Health Association Nova Scotia

Description: an association of health and community services organizations.

Location: Bedford, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 86

Interest points:

  • maternity leave top-up payments to new mothers (to 93 per cent of salary for 15 weeks).
  • flexible work arrangements, including telecommuting, shortened work weeks, reduced summer hours and a formal earned days off program.
  • in-house and online training programs as well as subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation.
  • new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation and can schedule additional time off with paid personal days off.

IMP Group Limited

Description: a privately-owned group of companies operating in a range of industries, including: aerospace, aviation, airline, healthcare, industrial marine, information technology, hospitality and property development.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 3,790

Interest points:

  • defined contribution pension plan or matching RSP contributions, depending on employee group.
  • alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, shortened work weeks and reduced summer hours.
  • mentoring as well as in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue postsecondary studies (up to $1,500 per child).
  • company-subsidized social committee organizes a number of events throughout the year.
  • hosts annual gala to recognize outstanding employee contributions, including an award that recognizes outstanding performance (to $1,000).

Jazz Aviation LP

Description: regional airline serving over 80 destinations across Canada and in the United States.

Location: Enfield, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 4,708

Interest points:

  • share purchase plan that is available to all employees.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $3,000) and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (up to $1,000 per child).
  • contributes to a defined benefit or contribution pension plan (depends on employee position).
  • provides paid time off for employees to volunteer with charitable organizations.

Miller Tirecraft

Description: a wholesaler and retailer of tire products and automotive services.

Location: Dartmouth, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 82

Interest points:

  • retirement planning assistance and contributions to a matching RSP plan.
  • financial benefits include signing and year-end bonuses for some employees, referral bonuses, and a profit-sharing plan.
  • sponsors employee sports teams and provides health club subsidy.
  • formal mentoring and leadership training program.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities.
  • hosts social and employee appreciation events throughout the year.

Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Ltd.

Description: provides a complete range of financial products and services to customers throughout Atlantic Canada.

Location: St. John’s, N.L.

Full-time employees in Canada: 131

Interest points:

  • manages an in-house charitable foundation to raise funds for charitable initiatives across the province, directing support to a wide variety of local, national and international organizations.
  • Provides employees with paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organization.
  • generous contributions to a matching RSP plan and health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses, rewards employees with financial bonuses for some course completion and provides a generous academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (up to $3,000).

Northwoodcare Group Incorporated

Description: a long-term care, independent living and community outreach organization.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 902

Interest points:

  • co-op programs, summer student roles and paid internship opportunities.
  • mentoring, in-house and online training programs and leadership training for high potential individuals.
  • phased-in work options and contributions to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on employee group.
  • supports a variety of local, national and international charitable initiatives each year.

NTT Data Canada, Inc.

Description: a leading information technology firm that provides application, infrastructure and business process outsourcing services.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 676

Interest points:

  • subsidizes in vitro fertilization and adoption costs, when needed.
  • referral bonuses for employees, up to $5,000 for candidates that are successfully hired by the organization.
  • retirement planning assistance and employer contributions to a matching RSP plan.
  • supports employee-led sports teams and subsidizes health club memberships.
  • in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring and tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions (up to $5,250).
  • hosts social events throughout the year including private company movie viewings, summer barbecues, and an annual harbour cruise.

Polycello

Description: provides packaging services for brands in the frozen food, pet food, tissue, lawn and garden, and food service industries.

Location: Amherst, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 348

Interest points:

  • profit-sharing plan available to all employees.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses, and subsidies for professional accreditation.
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies, up to $2,500 per child.
  • contributes to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on employee group.

SportsDirect Inc.

Description: online media company that provides sports statistics, news, photography, sports fantasy promotional contests, as well as supporting software, online marketing and advertising services and products, serving over 250 sports subscription based customers that include newspapers, provincial lotteries, gaming sites and digital sign companies.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 50

Interest points:

  • head office has onsite fitness centre, with treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, weights and shower facilities.
  • maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 75 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) as well as flexible hours when they are ready to return to work.
  • variety of in-house and online training programs as well as subsidies for professional accreditation and job-related courses.
  • contributions to a defined contribution pension plan.
  • compassionate leave top-up payments for employees who are called upon to care for a loved one (up to 75 per cent of salary for 17 weeks).

Technip Canada Limited

Description: provides specialized management, engineering and construction services for the oil and gas industry, including subsea, offshore and onshore operations.

Location: St. John’s, N.L.

Full-time employees in Canada: 165

Interest points:

  • share purchase plan available to all employees and year-end bonuses.
  • wide range of career possibilities in Canada as well as being part of a company with operations in 49 countries and over 38,000 employees worldwide.
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers ( up to 100 per cent of salary for 24 weeks) and extended health benefits coverage during their leave.
  • range of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, shortened and compressed work week options and a formal earned days-off program.
  • work environment is in one of Canada’s most beautiful historic cities only steps from the downtown and harbour.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training options.

University of New Brunswick

Description: one of Canada’s oldest Englishlanguage universities and one of the first public universities established in North America.

Location: Fredericton, N.B.

Full-time employees in Canada: 1,803

Interest points:

  • alternative work options include flexible hours, telecommuting, shortened work week option and reduced summer hours.
  • tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, financial bonuses for some course completion and subsidies for professional accreditation.
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (up to 95 per cent of salary for 32 weeks) as well as the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence.
  • parental leave top-up payments to new fathers or adoptive parents (up to 95 per cent of salary for 17 weeks).
  • onsite daycare services.
  • retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.

Verafin Inc.

Description: provides fraud detection and AML software for the financial industry. Location: St. John’s, N.L. Full-time employees in Canada: 141 Interest points:

  • open concept office that features small fitness stations including yoga mats, weights, exercise balls, chin-up bars and skipping ropes.
  • a rare smaller employer that offers new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, maternity or parental leave topup payments (up to 75 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) and subsidizes in vitro fertilization when needed.
  • share purchase plan and matching RSP contributions.
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses, formal mentoring and a variety of inhouse and online training programs.
  • flexible “no limit” vacation policy that lets employees decide how much time they need in any given year.
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Description: promotes safe work practices and the provision of fair benefits to workers.

Location: Halifax, N.S.

Full-time employees in Canada: 379 Interest points:

  • in close proximity to shops, restaurants, trails and parkland as well as a farmer’s market and free outdoor concerts in summer months.
  • defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirement, with no age limit.
  • three weeks of paid vacation allowance for new employees plus personal paid days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year.
  • maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (up to 93 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) with option to extend parental leave into an unpaid leave of absence.
  • parental leave top-up to new fathers and adoptive parents, up to 93 per cent of salary for 10 weeks.
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue postsecondary studies.

Xplornet Communications Inc.

Description: a high-speed Internet service provider, using fixed wireless and satellite platforms to reach customers in suburban, rural and remote areas.

Location: Woodstock, N.B.

Full-time employees in Canada: 569

Interest points:

  • offers alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and a formal earned days off program.
  • referral bonuses, year-end bonuses for all and employer contributions to a matching RSP plan.
  • head office amenities include a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, fitness facility, and a fullystocked employee lounge, complete with video games, television, foosball and board games.
  • employees offered paid time off to volunteer with charitable organizations.
  • subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs.
  • By Dawn Chafe and John Tattrie

4 Comments to “Atlantic Canada’s 25 Top Employers”

  1. The list for PolyCello should not include profit sharing, because there hasn’t been profit shared in almost 7 years. They keep saying we’re going to get it, then changing their minds at the last minute.

  2. Andrew McCormick // February 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm // Reply

    Why is UNB on the list? Considering strike was in place would represent unhappiness by employees. Makes the lists’ credibility questionable.

  3. Melinda Thornton // May 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm // Reply

    Very exciting to Xplornet Communications Inc. on this list again this year. Well deserved recognition for a Company who has a focus on their employees as well as the business.

  4. great information…looking to partner looking for adventure that comes our way!!!

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