Top Employers (2023)
Winners from our 16th annual editorial competition
An employee at Halton Region Conservation Authority leads an educational demonstration with one of the resident raptors in Mountsberg Conservation Area, Thomas, a broad-winged hawk.

About the Competition


Now in its 16th year, Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area of Ontario that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners were announced in a special feature published on November 25, 2023 by the Hamilton Spectator. Read the press release issued on the same day for more background on this year's competition.

Algoma Central Corporation captains aboard the organization’s Algoma Strongfield cargo ship (Photo: Mike Black)

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (1) 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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Employees of Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton

Editorial Partner

The Hamilton Spectator is our editorial partner on the Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers project and announces the winners each year in a special feature each fall. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is a distinguishing feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and “raises the bar” so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well elsewhere.

Niagara College professor Wayne Toth taking a hands-on approach to teaching with an automotive services technician student

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Hamilton-Niagara area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this to include the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, plus the Regional Municipality of Niagara (including St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie). Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2024 Competition

Applications for our 2024 competition will be available early in 2023. Our 2024 winners will be announced in The Spectator in the fall of 2023. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition.

An employee at Airbus Helicopters Canada Limited
An employee at Airbus Helicopters Canada Limited
An aerial view over Brock University in St. Catharines
An aerial view over Brock University in St. Catharines

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