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Encouraging workplace diversity isn’t so much a radical idea as it is an everyday reality for Canadian employers seeking to recruit and retain the best talent.

That’s the key lesson from the winners of this year’s Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition, announced on Thursday morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“Employers that ensure their workforces reflect the community have an advantage,” says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition. “These organizations benefit from a wider range of perspectives, which inevitably brings new and innovative ideas.”

Additionally, Leung notes, this year’s winners are eager to address inclusiveness subjects beyond the competition, including mental health, recent immigrants and veterans. “Increasingly, we see a desire by employers to have open and frank conversations about how they can enable employees to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work and tap into their full potential.”

Now in its 10th year, the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation’s leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. The winners of this year’s competition will be recognized at a luncheon in downtown Toronto.



Accenture Inc. (Toronto ON)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa ON)

Agrium Inc. (Calgary AB)

Air Canada (Saint-Laurent QC)

Amex Bank of Canada (Toronto ON)

Bell Canada (Montréal QC)

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto ON)

Boeing Canada Operations Limited (Winnipeg MB)

Cameco Corporation (Saskatoon SK)

Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. / CMHC (Ottawa ON)

Canadian National Railway Company / CN (Montréal QC)

Capgemini Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Capital One Bank (Canada Branch) (North York ON)

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Toronto ON)

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, The (Toronto ON)

CIBC (Toronto ON)

Dentons Canada LLP (Vancouver BC)

Edmonton, City of (Edmonton AB)

Enbridge Inc. (Calgary AB)

General Motors of Canada Company (Oshawa ON)

Health Canada / Santé Canada (Ottawa ON)

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Canada (Mississauga ON)

Home Depot of Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Island Health (Victoria BC)

Jazz Aviation LP (Dartmouth NS)

KPMG LLP (Toronto ON)

Loblaw Companies Limited (Brampton ON)

Manitoba Hydro (Winnipeg MB)

Manitoba Public Insurance (Winnipeg MB)

Manitoba, Government of (Winnipeg MB)

McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Toronto ON)

Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto ON)

National Bank of Canada (Montréal QC)

Northwest Territories, Government of (Yellowknife NT)

Ontario College of Trades (Toronto ON)

Ontario Public Service / OPS (Toronto ON)

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto ON)

Ottawa, City of (Ottawa ON)

PepsiCo Canada (Mississauga ON)

Procter & Gamble Inc. (Toronto ON)

Public Services and Procurement Canada (Gatineau QC)

RBC (Toronto ON)

Red River College (Winnipeg MB)

Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto ON)

Ryerson University (Toronto ON)

Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI (Regina SK)

Saskatoon, City of (Saskatoon SK)

SaskPower (Regina SK)

SaskTel (Regina SK)

Shaw Communications Inc. (Calgary AB)

Shell Canada Limited (Calgary AB)

Sodexo Canada Ltd. (Burlington ON)

TD Bank Group (Toronto ON)

TELUS Corporation (Vancouver BC)

Toronto, City of (Toronto ON)

Toyota Motor Mfg. Canada Inc. / TMMC (Cambridge ON)

UBC / University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)

University of Calgary (Calgary AB)

University of Manitoba (Winnipeg MB)

University of Toronto (Toronto ON)

University of Victoria (Victoria BC)

Vancouver, City of (Vancouver BC)

William Osler Health System (Brampton ON)

YMCA of Greater Toronto (Toronto ON)

York, Regional Municipality of (Newmarket ON)

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