The following organizations have been chosen as Montréal’s Top Employers for 2023 (employee count refers to full-time staff):
ABB Canada, Saint-Laurent. Engineering and technology services; 2,971 employees. Provides free access to an onsite fitness facility and subsidizes the cost of related services, such as nutritionist, dietitian, private training, and massage therapy.
Abbott Canada, Saint-Laurent. Medical and pharmaceutical products; 1,480 employees. Offers paid time off during the winter holidays in addition to vacation entitlements, ranging from five to seven days.
Air Canada, Saint-Laurent. Air transportation; 27,541 employees. Supports numerous charitable causes through the Air Canada Foundation, which focuses on improving children’s health and well-being.
Alcoa Canada, Montréal. Aluminium production; 2,307 employees. Helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance services and employer contributions to defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans.
Alimentation Couche-Tard, Laval. Retail convenience stores; 3,779 employees. Cultivates high-potential talent with formal mentoring and leadership development programs.
Beaconsfield, City of, Beaconsfield. Municipal governments; 89 employees. Offers generous maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers, to 90 per cent of salary for 32 weeks.
Bell Canada, Verdun. Communications; 34,983 employees. Recently introduced unlimited coverage for mental health services for employees and their families.
Bell Textron Canada Ltd., Mirabel. Aircraft manufacturing; 1,345 employees. Encourages employees to adopt an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all.
Blue Cross Canassurance Group, Montréal. Health and medical insurance carriers; 603 employees. Provides referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to become recruiters, ranging from $800 to $2,300 depending on the position.
BNP Paribas, Montréal. Banking; 1,042 employees. Honours the service of longstanding employees with health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit and 80 per cent premium coverage.
Broadsign Canada Company, Montréal. Computer systems design services; 183 employees. Encourages employees to take time for themselves with a generous time-off policies, including four weeks of starting vacation allowance and additional paid time off during the winter holidays.
Business Development Bank of Canada, Montréal. Secondary market financing; 2,556 employees. Employees can participate in additional savings plans by contributing a percentage of their base salary to a group RRSP or TFSA, with matching employer contributions.
C3 Solutions Inc., Montréal. Computer software; 48 employees. Reviewed each employee’s home office set-up with an ergonomic therapist as part of its hybrid work program and supplied necessary equipment, including chairs and adjustable desks.
CAE Inc., Saint-Laurent. Aviation and defence systems; 4,456 employees. Moved to a global flexible vacation program, enabling employees to request time off without fixed limits.
Canadian National Railway Company, Montréal. Railroad transportation; 16,402 employees. Operates the impressive employee and pensioner-run Community Fund, which has raised more than $18-million over the past decade for Canadian charities.
Cerence Technologies Inc., Montréal. Computer systems design services; 315 employees. Makes commuting to work a little easier with fully paid transit passes for bus, subway and train.
Charles River Laboratories Montréal ULC, Senneville. Medical research and development; 2,614 employees. Supports an internal wellness program based on pillars of physical, emotional, community, social and financial well-being.
CIUSSS West-Central, Montréal. Healthcare services; 7,010 employees. Time-off policies include the option to save up to five statutory holidays in order to take time off consecutively.
Compulsion Games ULC, Westmount. Video game developers; 87 employees. Helps employees access the care they need with unlimited coverage for psychotherapy, including coverage for their families.
Concordia University, Montréal. Post-secondary education; 3,191 employees. Supports new parents returning to work with phased-in work options and subsidized child care on campus.
CSL Group Inc., Montréal. Marine shipping and transportation; 920 employees. Offers the option to purchase five additional vacation days per year.
Danone Canada, Boucherville. Food manufacturing; 544 employees. Offers generous tuition subsidies for employees interested in additional education, to $6,000 per year for courses taken externally.
Eidos Interactive Corporation, Montréal. Video game developers; 791 employees. Formally moved to a four-day work week, providing employees more time to rest, and maintains a hybrid work model with no set number of days in studio.
Fairstone Financial Inc., Montréal. Financial services; 1,359 employees. Shows its appreciation for a job well done through points-based awards, quarterly and annual recognition, and the Summit of Excellence, to recognize individuals who continuously exceed their goals.
Fednav Limited, Montréal. Deep sea freight transportation; 206 employees. Takes a thoughtful approach when employees are called upon to care for loved ones, offering full pay for compassionate leave, with no set time limit.
Fromageries Bel Canada Inc., Montréal. Cheese product manufacturing; 230 employees. Provides career planning and leadership development programs for employees interested in advancing their careers.
Groupe Dynamite Inc., Mont-Royal. Retail; 1,367 employees. Launched an open vacation policy in response to employee feedback in 2021, allowing employees to request time off with no set limit.
GSoft, Montréal. Computer software; 300 employees. Supports remote work with a $500 tech allowance, a $1,000 allowance for home office furniture and accessories, and a maintenance allowance for repairing or replacing IT equipment.
Insight Canada Inc., Montréal. Technology consulting; 950 employees. Helps employees save in big and small ways, offering matching RSP contributions as well as discounts on auto lease rates and home and auto insurance.
Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, Montréal. Coffee distribution and brewing equipment; 1,445 employees. Offers a flexible benefits plan with the option to apply unused dollars to a group RRSP or health and wellness spending accounts.
Laurentian Pilotage Authority, Montréal. Marine pilotage and support services; 50 employees. Supports employees who are new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments.
Laurentide Controls Ltd., Kirkland. Process control equipment and services; 342 employees. Celebrates employee achievement through the Blue Carpet recognition program, based on feedback from peers and clients, and an annual recognition gala.
Lexum informatique juridique inc., Montréal. Legal software publishing; 32 employees. Provides an annual personal training allowance that can be used on courses, programs, webinars, or conferences, subject to necessary approvals.
Lightspeed Commerce Inc., Montréal. Computer software; 1,027 employees. Offers generous referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit friends, ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 per successful hire.
L’Oréal Canada Inc., Montréal. Cosmetics manufacturing; 1,421 employees. Employees enjoy a head start to the weekend with early Friday closures in the winter and summer months.
Maples Group, Montréal. Investment services; 263 employees. Increased its workforce by over 30 per cent in the past 12 months and offers referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks.
McGill University, Montréal. Post-secondary education; 7,194 employees. Maintains an action plan to address anti-Black racism and is committed to increasing the representation and career opportunities for Black administrative and support staff as well as tenure-track or tenured professors.
McKesson Canada, Saint-Laurent. Healthcare services and supplies; 4,221 employees. Encourages employees to put their health and wellness first with up to 10 paid sick days per year and coverage for mental health practitioners, to $2,000 annually.
Mistplay Inc., Montréal. Video game developers; 61 employees. Maintains generous time-off programs that support work-life balance, including paid personal days, paid time off during the winter holidays, and four weeks of starting vacation.
Motive Studios, Montréal. Video game developers; 188 employees. Supports employees during times of challenge, providing bereavement leave of up to 20 days to enable employees to grieve and take care of personal matters.
Nestlé Nespresso Canada, Montréal. Coffee supplies and equipment; 502 employees. Launched a FlexWork program in 2022 with hybrid options for eligible roles and provides a monthly reimbursement of $75 to help cover the costs of working from home.
Nuance Communications Canada, Inc., Montréal. Software publishers; 478 employees. Provides 16 hours of paid volunteer time off, with employees recording nearly 5,600 volunteer hours on company time in the past year.
OneSpan Canada Inc., Montréal. Software publishers; 309 employees. Helps employees save for the future with matching RSP contributions.
Osedea Inc., Montréal. Business consulting services; 53 employees. Manages the Dreams Come True program, providing employees with $5,000 and an additional week of vacation to accomplish a personal project.
Otsuka Canada Pharmaceutical Inc., Saint-Laurent. Pharmaceutical products; 135 employees. Benefits plan features a health spending account, ranging from $750 to $1,750, and a wellness spending account of up to $1,000.
Pomerleau Inc., Montréal. Construction services; 2,472 employees. Transitioned to hybrid work for eligible roles in the past year and offers a one-time reimbursement of up to $500 for home office needs.
PSB BOISJOLI LLP, Mont-Royal. Accounting firms; 230 employees. Organizes Wellness Wednesday lunch and learns with professional speakers, such as nutritionists and psychologists.
Public Sector Pension Investment Board / PSP Investments, Montréal. Pension funds; 803 employees. Offers four weeks of starting vacation allowance as well as the ability to carry forward up to 10 unused vacation days.
Public Services and Procurement Canada, Quebec region, Montréal. Federal government, government support services; 15,843 employees. Provides health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit and 50 per cent premium coverage.
Richter LLP, Montréal. Accounting firms; 496 employees. Introduced a subsidy for adoption if needed, to $10,000 per child, and increased its maternity and parental leave top-up program to provide additional support for parents-to-be.
Rio Tinto, Montréal. Mining; 11,512 employees. Considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for new hires.
RONA, Boucherville. Retail; 13,572 employees. Organizes an annual Heroes Campaign, with corporate stores matching 50 per cent of donations received, to a maximum of $2,000 per store.
Samsung Ads Canada, Montréal. Advertising agencies; 213 employees. Encourages employees to support community intiatives with paid volunteer time and matching charitable donations to a maximum of $400 per year.
Société Générale Capital Canada Inc., Montréal. Banking; 475 employees. Offers generous new employee referral bonuses when employees help successfully recruit a new candidate, from $3,000 to $9,000 depending on the position.
Société québécoise d’information juridique / SOQUIJ, Montréal. Provincial government, legal services; 127 employees. Employees start with four weeks of paid vacation along with 12 paid personal days off to help balance their work and personal lives.
Sodexo Canada Ltd., Montréal. Food service contractors; 8,858 employees. Helps employees plan with retirement planning assistance services, a defined contribution pension plan along with phased-in work options when nearing retirement.
Sollio Groupe Coopératif, Montréal. Retail cooperative; 15,622 employees. Employees are encouraged to support charitable initiatives with organized fundraising initiatives as well as paid time off to volunteer.
Solotech Inc., Montréal. Audio video equipment and services; 884 employees. Head office features a unique “jam room” that’s equipped with a variety of music instruments for employees to use, including drums, guitars, microphones and mixing consoles.
Telefilm Canada, Montréal. Motion picture production; 209 employees. Helps employees plan for their next role with retirement planning assistance and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.
Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc., Saint-Hyacinthe. Animal food production; 1,210 employees. Offers discounted gym memberships at a local gym along with virtual yoga classes, healthy lifestyle discounts, and online health and nutrition info sessions via the company’s intranet.
Ubisoft Canadian Studios, Montréal. Software publishers; 5,440 employees. Offers all employees five weeks of paid vacation along with additional time off between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
UKG / Ultimate Kronos Group, Montréal. Computer software; 567 employees. Formal hybrid work program includes a monthly internet allowance as well as a subsidy for setting up a comfortable home office, up to $500.
Ultra Electronics TCS Inc., Mont-Royal. Communication systems; 159 employees. Lets employees share in the company’s successes through share puchase, profit-sharing and year-end bonus programs.
Université de Montréal, Montréal. Post-secondary education; 5,667 employees. Encourages ongoing education through a tuition waiver program along with a dedicated online learning portal for management employees.
WB Games Montréal Inc., Montréal. Video game developers; 359 employees. Moves employees to four weeks of paid vacation after only four years on the job.
-Richard Yerema & Kristina Leung