Since 2001, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers have published an annual list of the best workplaces for older Canadians. These employers lead the nation in creating special programs and benefits of interest to employees aged 40 years and older.

Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in terms of whether: (1) they offer interesting programs designed to assist older workers; (2) they actively recruit new workers aged 40 years or older; (3) their HR policies take into account the unique concerns of older workers, such as by recognizing prior work experience (at previous employers) in determining vacation entitlement; (4) they offer a pension plan with reasonable employer contributions; (5) they assist older employees with retirement and succession planning; (6) they create opportunities for retirees to stay socially connected to former co-workers through organized social activities and volunteering; (7) they extend health coverage and similar benefits to employees after retirement; and (8) whether they offer any programs, such as mentorship and phased-in retirement, to ease the emotional challenges of retirement and ensure older employees’ skills are transferred to the next generation.

2012’s Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 are:

(in alphabetical order)

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Agrium Inc.
BMO Financial Group
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Dalhousie University
Desjardins Group
EllisDon Corporation
Enbridge Inc.
HP Advanced Solutions Inc.
Manitoba Hydro
NB Power Holding Corporation
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
University of Toronto

For this competition, editorial reasons for selecting the above winners are incorporated within the Reasons for Selection published on each employer for the larger Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.

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