Top 10 employers in Canada for 2020

Shelby Thevenot
Published: January 30, 2020

It is a good time to be looking for a job in Canada. With a low unemployment rate employers have to work harder to attract and retain top talent, as there are fewer available workers for each job opening.

Forbes magazine and the market research company Statista surveyed 8,000 employees to determine the best places to work in Canada. Participants were working for businesses with at least 500 employees. They ranked the top 300 employers that received the most recommendations.

Those that were listed in the top 10 hailed from major cities like Montreal, and Toronto as well as smaller cities like Ottawa and Winnipeg.

Many of the companies were a part of the technology, and transportation sectors. There were also a few in other industries such as retail, utilities, and education.

And yes— they are all hiring.

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10. University of Toronto

Industry: Education
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 7,198

In addition to making it to the top 10 places to work in Canada, the University of Toronto was also rated the best place to study in Canada by McLean’s Magazine.

9. FedEx

Industry: Transportation and logistics
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario
Employees: 6,750

FedEx is a courier company that has operations across Canada. Currently, they are hiring cargo handlers, ramp handlers, and couriers.

8. Air Transat

Industry: Transportation and logistics
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 5,000

Air Transat is an airline that is hiring in Quebec and Ontario. Their webpage says that Air Transat employees benefit from competitive wages, social benefits, and travel benefits.

7. Boeing

Industry: Aerospace & Defense
Headquarters: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Employees: 2,000

According to the company webpage, nearly 75 per cent of airplanes in the sky today were made by Boeing. Job seekers may find opportunities in one of six career areas: business, cybersecurity, data science and analytics, engineering, information technology, and manufacturing.

6. Microsoft

Industry: IT, Internet, Software and Services
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario
Employees: 2,300

The multinational computer company moved up from number nine in 2019 to the sixth spot this year In September 2020, Microsoft’s office in Mississauga will move to downtown Toronto.

5. Ubisoft

Industry: Media and Advertising
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 15,985

People who play video games have almost certainly come across a Ubisoft game. The video game company with headquarters in Montreal has almost 16,000 employees and is still hiring in animation, programming, quality control and more.

4. Costco Wholesale

Industry: Retail and Wholesale
Headquarters: Ottawa, Ontario
Employees: 39,000

Costco has locations in every province in Canada and offers wholesale merchandise to customers with memberships. Career paths with Cosco are available in information technology, finance, marketing and many more.

3. Cisco Systems

Industry: IT, Internet, Software and Services
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 1,727

Cisco develops, manufactures and sells technology services and products. It is hiring in most major cities in Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.

2. Hydro-Québec

Industry: Utilities
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 19,904

Quebec’s public utility company that powers homes throughout the province is also the second-best place to work in Canada.

1. Google

Industry: IT, Internet, Software and Services
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 2,300

The world-famous search engine was named the best place to work in Canada for the third year in a row. Canadian offices are in Toronto, Montreal, as well as Kitchener, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta.

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