Canada’s Greenest Employer List: What Is It & How To Join It

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A while ago, we did a post on the City of Toronto making efforts to collectively make it on Canada’s Greenest Employer list. Today, we are going more in depth about this said list, how it works and how anyone can join it!


The organization is not that much of a secret as its name tells it all but essentially,  it has been running for 12 years now. In addition, it is a competition by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers Project. It exists to recognize the efforts and impacts employers make in the environment in Canada. From municipal to nation-wide programs to International Earth-saving initiatives, the Canada’s Greenest Employers are nothing short of impressive!

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Canada’s Greenest Employer List Flag. CC By Flickr

Eligibility & The Selection Process

To qualify for the list you can be any type of employer as long as you’re operating in Canada. You could be on any size and any section; private or public!

Also, as mentioned in the previous section, employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The editors evaluate them according to 4 ways:

(1) Firstly, the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed;

(2) Secondly, the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization’s own environmental footprint;

(3) Thirdly, the amount of involvement of their employees in these programs;

(4) Lastly, the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

The winners are announced each year before Earth Day. Publishing reasons for selection is important for the organization as it raises the bar for other competitors and also provides transparency.

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Canada’s Greenest Employer Winners 2017

2017 Winners

Some of this year’s winners include York University, University of Toronto, City of Vancouver, City of Ottawa, TD bank group, & Bell Canada. For a full list of winners and reasons why they were chosen, visit the Canada’s Greenest Employer website at:

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about Canada’s Employer List, you could attend their annual Top Employer Summit on April 4-5, 2018 where you could meet with some of the winners and learn more about their works!

What do you think about this list? Do you know any businesses that could quality for it? Let us know in the comments below!


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