As the pandemic continues, and the work from home lifestyle becomes the norm for many, young people are looking for specific types of employers to work for. But who are the best ones? Organizers of the annual Canada’s Top Employers for Young People have just released their 2022 findings.
According to this year’s report, young people increasingly want to work for employers that reflect their values and help them have social impact.
“The pandemic has caused many people to think more about their whole selves and, for young people starting their careers, work is a key part of that,” says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp, who co-publish the list with the Globe and Mail. “Young people are asking questions like ‘Is this a job I can be passionate about?’ and ‘Does this organization reflect my values so that I feel a connection beyond just employment?’. The best employers are improving their organizational and workplace policies to reflect these emerging concerns.”
And Stephanie Leung, Assistant Editor at Mediacorp, said that employers are weaving social impact into their programs this year.
“It could be project-based work, like brainstorming solutions to a social problem, or a co-op experience that benefits a nonprofit and has a positive impact on communities. The younger generation notices if an employer’s social impact statements are not backed up by action,” she added.
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Along with younger workers’ values, this year’s winners created over 36,000 job opportunities across Canada for students and new graduates last year in summer employment, co-op placements and paid internships, hired nearly 22,000 new graduates for full-time positions across Canada last year, and support long-term career advancement for younger employees via well-developed training programs, leadership development opportunities and formal mentoring programs.
According to Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, winners of the competition are chosen by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top Employers project based on the programs and initiatives they offer to attract and retain younger workers.
“These include benefits such as tuition assistance and co-op or work-study programs. The editors also examine each employer’s mentorship and training programs, including benefits such as bonuses paid on completing trades or professional designations. The editors also review each employer’s career management program, looking for initiatives that help younger workers advance faster in the organization,” it states.
These are Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2022
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
AIG Insurance Company of Canada
AMD / Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
Arup Canada Inc.
Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.
BC Public Service
Bennett Jones LLP
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC
Bruce Power LP
Canada Revenue Agency / CRA
Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Capital One Canada
CoLab Software Inc.
Communications Security Establishment / CSE
Corus Entertainment Inc.
CSL Group Inc.
Dentons Canada LLP
Department of Finance Canada
Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc
Edmonton, City of
Employment and Social Development Canada
EPCOR Utilities Inc.
Export Development Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard
FL Fuller Landau LLP
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Giants & Gentlemen Advertising Inc.
Hamilton Health Sciences
Health Canada / Santé Canada
Henkel Canada Corporation
Hospital for Sick Children, The
Imperial Oil Limited
Jazz Aviation LP
Keurig Canada Inc.
Labatt Brewing Company Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited
L’Oréal Canada Inc.
Morgan Stanley Services Canada Corp.
Mott MacDonald Canada Limited
Nunavut, Government of
Perkins&Will Canada Architects Co.
Pfizer Canada ULC
Procter & Gamble Inc.
Prophix Software Inc.
Providence Health Care
Royal Bank of Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
SAP Canada Inc.
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
Siemens Canada Limited
Stanley Black & Decker Canada Corp.
Surrey, City of
Teck Resources Limited
TELUS Communications Inc.
Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc.
UBC / University of British Columbia
Ubisoft Canadian Studios
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
Wilfrid Laurier University
YMCA of Greater Toronto
York Regional Police