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Forbes has unveiled its rankings of Canada's top employers

In the ranking of 2020, made public in late January, Google again made the race in the lead. But the rest of the top 10 has a few new features compared to last

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Forbes has unveiled its rankings of Canada's top employers

In the ranking of 2020, made public in late January, Google again made the race in the lead. But the rest of the top 10 has a few new features compared to last year.

to Be a company appreciated for its employees ? I guess the distinction has to do dream more of a company... Especially when it is awarded by the prestigious Forbes magazine. It announced in late January its ranking of the "best employers in Canada" (1). And, in a context of scarcity of labor- the unemployment rate in the country was 5.5% in January and it has reached in may 2019 to its lowest level (5.4 per cent) since 1976 - such a record does not pass unnoticed. "The job market is very reactive, it can hire and fire them very quickly, reminds Marilène Garceau, associate-director of the consulting firm in international mobility Kennedy Garceau, and a specialist in Canada. In this context, it is important to work on its employer image to attract and retain the best."

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For the third year in a row, so it is Google which arrives at the head of the classification - it must be said that the american company, whose canadian headquarters is in Toronto, has long been known to offer a number of benefits to its employees (free lunch, flexible schedules, services and games, etc) enough To make the difference in a country where the balance professional life and personal life is essential... well Established in Canada since 2001, the firm of Mountain View has also announced in early February that it intends to open three new offices - in Montreal, Waterloo (Ontario) and Toronto. By 2022, the company is expected to employ up to 5000 people in the country, against 1500 currently.

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Ubisoft-5th place

Just behind the giant of Silicon Valley, it is a company of la Belle Province which has the honors of the podium : the company Hydro-Québec , which makes a nice leap compared to the top 2019 (she was ranked sixth). Little known in Europe, this State-owned enterprise, is an economic actor unavoidable of the Atlantic and has nearly 20 000 employees. "Hydro-Québec is THE provider and hydro Quebec's electricity, but it also has customers in the United States and in other provinces," states Marilène Garceau. It is a business that is positioned on the energies of the future and evolving with the trends of sustainable development." "People are proud to work for our company because of its mission," believes the vice-president, human resources Hydro-Québec, when questioned by Forbes.

The French Ubisoft also makes a great recovery, going from the seventh to the fifth rank, while two airlines, Boeing (7th) and Air Transat (8th), integrate the top 10 this year. The latter is gaining 43 seats compared to last year. "It is a great honour to be part of the select club of the 10 best employers in Canada, and to be in the top 3 at Quebec, has responded in a press release Christophe Hennebelle vice-president, human resources and public affairs of the company. Transat offers a stimulating work environment and diversified the work of the team, the recognition and development of staff are highly valued (...)"

"Look at the market in its entirety"

"What is interesting in this ranking is its diversity, both from the point of view of sectoral and geographical", stresses Marilène Garceau. This specialist believes that the record is "an excellent tool for scanning and networking for people who want to settle in Canada." "Among the top 20 companies of the ranking, half have a presence in Europe and particularly in France, she notes. It is relatively easy to find a contact in these companies to know exactly how the employees feel about their well-being at work and to better understand its future host country. Moving to Canada is a life-project but also a project in professional : if you are prepared well in advance, it increases its chances of success."

in order To optimize their job search in Canada, Marilène Garceau recommends as well be interested in the "economic fabric" of these societies distinguished - "if the quality is at the rendez-vous, it can also come from their suppliers" - and "watch the market in its entirety". "The ranking Forbes highlights the company headquarters, but this does not mean that they do not have offices in other provinces or territories. What is important, what is not to go in a particular city in Canada, it is to go to a place where our skills are in demand, especially as there is more competition for the same position, between the French Montreal-based..."

Forbes list of Canada's top employers - top 10 :

1. Google (headquarters : Toronto, Ontario)

2. Hydro-Québec (headquarters : Montreal, Quebec)

3. Cisco Systems (headquarters : Toronto, Ontario)

4. Costco Wholesale (head office : Ottawa, Ontario)

5. Ubisoft (headquarters : Montreal, Quebec)

6. Microsoft (headquarters : Mississauga, Ontario)

7. Boeing (headquarters : Winnipeg, Manitoba)

8. Air Transat (headquarters : Montreal, Quebec)

9. FedEx (headquarters : Mississauga, Ontario)

10. University of Toronto (headquarters : Toronto, Ontario)

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(1) To carry out this annual review, the institute Statista, a partner of Forbes, has surveyed more than 8000 employees working for companies with at least 500 employees. They were asked to indicate, on a scale of zero to 10, whether they would recommend, or not, their business to someone else

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