Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers 2019

Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers 2019

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

Gone are the days when employees fell into one of two categories: those who lived to work and those who worked to live. Today’s generation insists on a balanced approach where work both reflects and extends their personal lives and interests.

“As society changes, organizations that have their ear to the ground are paying attention and supporting these changes internally,” says Richard Yerema, managing editor at Mediacorp Canada, which manages the Top Employer competition.

Attractive remuneration packages are still important, but that’s just a starting point for HR savvy employers. “Young people by nature are more idealistic, and for them, just paying lip service to a cause isn’t enough,” Yerema says. “We are seeing more time off for employees to work in the community, more matching funds for their fundraising efforts, more donations in return for employees’ volunteer hours—there’s more robustness in these programs.”

As the following pages demonstrate, creative incentives from Top Employers regularly include community outreach, parental supports, professional development and health/wellness programs. Why? Because these employers are essentially a member of their employees’ families, and nothing inspires more loyalty than a close-knit family.

Background: Now in its 10th year, Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers is part of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, an editorial project managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc. that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. The Mediacorp team started by examining the recruitment histories of over 95,000 employers that it tracks for its job-search engine, Eluta.ca. From this pool, Mediacorp invited 9,801 employers to submit detailed applications. Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers were selected from those applicants based on the following eight 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.

Admiral Insurance Services
Industry: direct property and casualty insurance carriers
FT employees of Canada: 446
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • new employee referral bonuses (from $500 to $800) when staff successfully recruit a friend
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments to new mothers (to 100% of salary for 22 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 7 weeks) with the option to extend with an unpaid leave of absence
  • access to a share purchase plan and defined contribution pension plan

BioVectra Inc.
Industry: pharmaceutical manufacturing
FT employees in Canada: 302
Location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Perks of the job:

  • retirement planning assistance, defined contribution pension plan and phased-in retirement work options
  • fitness club subsidy and health spending account (both amounts increase for family plans)
  • full tuition subsidies, plus in-house and online training programs
  • paid internships and apprenticeship programs

CAA Atlantic Limited
Industry: auto club and travel agency
FT employees in Canada: 153
Location: Saint John, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • tuition subsidies as well as in-house and online training initiatives
  • one paid volunteer hour per week
  • staff are consulted about which charitable organizations the company supports
  • defined contribution pension plan and generous year-end bonus program

CBCL Limited
Industry: engineering services
FT employees in Canada: 286
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • profit-sharing, signing bonuses for some employees, and referral bonuses of up to $1,000
  • maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 80% of salary for 16 weeks) with the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence
  • scholarships for university and college-aged children of employees (to $750 per child)
  • head office is next to shops and restaurants along the Halifax waterfront and the building houses a mix of commercial and retail tenants (including a Keith’s brewery)

Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated
Industry: seafood processing
FT employees in Canada: 1,109
Location: Bedford, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 70% of salary ranging from 35 to 52 weeks
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses as well as subsidies for professional accreditation with course completion bonuses for specific programs
  • Head office employees get free access to an onsite fitness facility

Crombie REIT
Industry: property management and development
FT employees in Canada: 276
Location: New Glasgow, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • paid volunteer time off with no maximum on the number of paid volunteer hours
  • free membership to an onsite fitness facility
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 70% of salary for 26 weeks), with the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence

East Coast Credit Union Limited Read Sponsored Content
Industry: credit union
FT Employees in Canada: 145
Location: Antigonish, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • dedicated spending account of $200/employee per year for wellness-related expenses such as gym membership, stress management programs or nutrition counselling
  • corporate charitable efforts focused on healthcare, seniors, arts, youth, the community and the environment
  • paid time off to volunteer as well as matching employee donations
  • defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on the employee group

EfficiencyOne
Industry: energy conservation advocacy
FT employees in Canada: 98
Location: Dartmouth, N.S.
Perks of the job:
tuition subsidies (up to $2,500 annually) and subsidies for professional accreditation
health spending account of up to $500/employee per year
healthy snacks available for purchase, free membership to a nearby gym, and various wellness challenges (with prizes and rewards for participants)

Emera Inc. Read Sponsored Content
Industry: electric power generation and distribution and gas distribution
FT employees in Canada: 2,433
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments
  • subsidy for IVF if needed (to $15,000)
  • Good Neighbour program encourages employees to donate their time and money to charity
  • matches employee donations through the Dollars for Doers initiative ($400 for fundraising and $600 for every 30 hours volunteered)
    Chris Huskilson Emera Scholarship offers the student recipient $10,000/ year plus a 12-week paid internship and mentoring from a senior leader

Health Association Nova Scotia
Industry: professional associations
FT employees in Canada: 97
Location: Bedford, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • retirement planning services and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • 4 weeks of starting vacation allowance for new employees with long-serving employees receiving a maximum of 6 weeks
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks), and subsidized IVF when needed (to $15,000)

High Liner Foods Inc.
Industry: seafood processing
FT employees in Canada: 449
Location: Lunenburg, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • head office employees can take a break overlooking the harbour or stay indoors for subsidized exercise classes led by a certified instructor
  • new employee referral bonuses (to $300) for successfully hired candidates
  • full tuition subsidies plus in-house training options, including apprenticeship opportunities

Inmarsat Solutions (Canada) Inc.
Industry: telecommunications
FT employees in Canada: 194
Location: Mount Pearl, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • health benefits plan (including a wellness spending account) as well as healthy lifestyle initiatives such as Healthy Heart Month, Mental Health Awareness Week, and a Health & Wellbeing Week
  • employees encouraged to nominate colleagues for “spot beam” awards
  • permanent employees may be eligible for annual bonuses and all employees can take advantage of discounted products and services through the “WorkPerks” program
  • new employee referral bonuses, to $500 for each successful hire

Innovatia Inc.
Industry: software developer
FT employees in Canada: 290
Location: Saint John, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • maternity and parental leave top-ups for new moms (to 75% of salary for up to 52 weeks) and parental leave top-ups to new dads and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for up to 35 weeks)
  • new employee referral program offers up to $500 bonus for every successful hire
  • matching RSP contributions and, depending on their position, some employees may participate in a profit-sharing plan

Irving Oil
Industry: petroleum refining, distribution and retail
FT employees in Canada: 2,762
Location: Saint John, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • Good Energy in Action program provides employees with one paid day off to volunteer each year
  • company matches individual employee donations up to $100
  • retirement planning assistance and an alumni association for retirees
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks
  • academic scholarships for children of employees (up to $2,000 per child)

Jazz Aviation LP
Industry: air transportation
FT employees in Canada: 4,660
Location: Dartmouth, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • Lends a Hand community program encourages employees to volunteer with one paid day off per year for each employee
  • formal mentoring, in-house and online training options, and tuition subsidies for courses related to their position (up to $3,000 annually)
  • summer student opportunities, paid internships, co-op placements and apprenticeships
  • retirement planning assistance and a defined contribution pension plan
  • share purchase plan, available to all employees

Killam Apartment REIT
Industry: property management and development
FT employees in Canada: 415
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • free membership to an onsite fitness facility, including instructor-led classes and a running group
  • maternity leave top-up payments for new moms (to 80% of salary for 17 weeks) and flexible hours when they’re ready to return to work
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees, to $3,000 per child

Medavie Blue Cross Read Sponsored Content
Industry: direct health and medical insurance carriers
FT employees in Canada: 1,946
Location: Moncton, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • 3 weeks of paid vacation for all employees
  • two paid personal days off per year
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 90% of salary for up to 6 weeks) with the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence
  • company commits an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation to support community-based programs
  • paid time off to volunteer and financial donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time ($500 for every 50 hours)

New Brunswick Community College
Industry: post-secondary school, college
FT employees in Canada: 779
Location: Fredericton, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 17 weeks) with the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence
  • 3 weeks of starting vacation for most employees
  • retirement planning services, defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans (enrolment varies by employee group) and phased-in retirement work options

Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Ltd.
Industry: credit union
FT employees in Canada: 121
Location: St. John’s, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • committed to 60 Acts of Kindness to support communities in which employees live and work
  • 3 weeks of starting vacation for new employees, moving to 4 weeks after only 3 years of service
  • earned days-off program allows employees to extend their workday to earn an extra day off every 3 weeks
  • retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options and matching RSP contributions

Northwood Group of Companies
Industry: nursing care facilities
FT employees in Canada: 1,009
Location: Dartmouth, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • employee-led Staff Morale and Recreation Team organizes fun events for employees every year, including a holiday family movie, Easter party, summer beach party, Halloween party and a winter carnival
  • main location employees have access to on-site amenities including an employee lounge, a quiet room for meditation and relaxation, and an on-site fitness facility
  • defined benefit pension plan along with continued enrollment in the health benefits plan up to the age of 65

Noseworthy Chapman Chartered Professional Accountants
Industry: accounting
FT employees in Canada: 57
Location: St. John’s, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • social committee organizes fun events throughout the year, including the after tax season dinner and social, a summer barbecue, softball and golf tournaments, dinner and dance at Christmas (along with a special childrens’ Christmas party) as well as celebrations for employees achieving their professional designations
  • weekly standardized maternity or parental leave top-up payments for the full year of their leave
  • matching RSP contributions, year-end bonuses, signing bonuses for some positions and new employee referral bonuses

NTT DATA Canada, Inc.
Industry: computer systems design services
FT employees in Canada: 807
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • new employee referral bonuses, from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the position
  • in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring and generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $5,250)
  • head office employees have access to an employee lounge (comfortable seating, games, books and magazines), on-site yoga classes, weekly massages and monthly visits from professional hair stylists

Opportunities New Brunswick
Industry: provincial government, economic development
FT employees in Canada: 151
Location: Fredericton, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • head office employees get free membership to an onsite, shared-use fitness facility as well as free weekly massages from students at the Atlantic College of Massage Therapists
  • in-house training initiatives plus tuition subsidies
  • defined contribution pension plan
  • health benefits plan extends to retirees, with no age limit

(PAL) Provincial Aerospace Ltd. Read Sponsored Content
Industry: air transportation/aerospace
FT employees in Canada: 1,263
Location: St. John’s, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • discounted flight passes for employees and immediate family
  • share purchase plan with the ability to receive additional shares and dividends on investments they make
  • provides new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, with the option to extend into an unpaid leave of absence
  • tuition subsidies for job-related courses plus in-house training and apprenticeship programs
  • scholarships available for children of employees

ResMed Halifax Inc.
Industry: custom computer programming services
FT employees in Canada: 202
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • 3 weeks of starting vacation for all employees with experienced personnel starting with 4 weeks; all employees receive additional time off over the holidays
  • employee lounge has a games room, popcorn machine and a daily supply of snacks, including fresh fruit, yogurt and granola bars
  • share purchase plan and matching RSP contributions
  • new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000)

Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Ltd.
Industry: medical diagnostic products
FT employees in Canada: 135
Location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Perks of the job:

  • employees included in head office resdesign and renovation plans. The updated space features lots of natural lighting, wall murals
  • depicting local landscapes, updated conference rooms and restroom facilities, new office furniture, telecommuter workstations and a central outdoor courtyard that serves as a central gathering place for relaxation, company barbecues and social gatherings
  • tuition subsidies (up to $4,000 per year), subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
  • employee wellness committee organizes numerous events such as healthy lunches, walking groups and fun activities in the community

Serco Canada Inc.
Industry: technical consulting and management services
FT employees in Canada: 673
Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • head office employees have subsidized access to the fully-equipped onsite shared-use fitness facility (featuring a basketball court, sauna and instructor-led yoga classes) and outdoor baseball diamonds in the summer months
  • in-house training options and tuition subsidies (up to $5,250 annually)
  • retirement planning assistance, a defined contribution pension plan and phased-in retirement work options

University of New Brunswick
Industry: post-secondary school, university
FT employees in Canada: 1,752
Location: Fredericton, N.B.
Perks of the job:

  • majority of new employees start with three weeks of paid vacation (faculty receive additional time) and additional paid time off over the Christmas holiday season
  • option for an unpaid leave of absence
  • full tuition subsidies
  • defined benefit pension plan contributions and retirement planning assistance
  • Retired Employees Association assists members with health benefits and related concerns, and provides a collective voice to the university

Verafin Inc.
Industry: specialized financial software
FT employees in Canada: 303
Location: St. John’s, N.L.
Perks of the job:

  • subsidy for in-vitro fertilization when needed
  • maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 75% of salary for 52 weeks) and new fathers (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks)
  • no-limit vacation policy where time-off is officially unlimited and determined on a case-by-case basis
  • employees can apply for unpaid leaves of absence
  • the new head office was designed with employee feedback and features open concept pod-style seating, video chat stations and kitchen areas that include free breakfast and snacks
  • building is situated near a wooded area with trails, which inspired the creation of an employee snow-shoeing club that takes lunchtime treks

Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Industry: administration of human resource programs
FT employees in Canada: 405
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Perks of the job:

  • alternative work options, including flexible hours, telecommuting and an earned days-off program
  • maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks) and parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 10 weeks)
  • academic scholarship program for children of employees (to $500 each)
  • retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan

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