Nova Scotia’s Top Employers

For the past 12 years, Canada’s Top 100 Employers has compiled a list of the most desirable places to work in Nova Scotia. These rankings include comparisons to employers in the same industry as well as 8 categories that include workplace atmosphere, benefits, and community involvement, among others.

Below are the 14 companies that made the list, as well as why they are such a desirable employer.

Admiral Insurances — Admiral Insurance is interested in the long-term development of their employees and it is reflected through tuition subsidies, subsidies for professional accreditation and formal mentoring opportunities. Some of the other work perks include flexible hours, in-house training and mentorship, as well as local, national, and international charitable involvement.

CBCL Limited — Located in downtown Halifax, CBCL offers a 50,000 square office space located in a historic brewery. All employees participate a formal time in lieu program that lets them bank time along to help them balance their day-to-day lives. Along with unlimited tuition subsidies, employees have access to both in-house training and mentorship programs.

Clearwater Seafoods — Clearwater recognizes the importance of having a talented and engaged global workforce both at sea and on land. They encourage employees to give back to their communities by providing paid time off to volunteer.

Crombie REIT — Crombie recognizes that their employees shape the company culture, drive customer engagement, and increase the overall performance of the organization. Along with profit-sharing and year-end bonuses, they offer tuition subsidies and in-house training.

Dalhousie University — Dalhousie University focuses on creating a healthy workforce through mental health initiatives and allotments for health benefits (additional to insurance). As well, they offer retirement-planning assistance programs and paid time-off for volunteering.

Health Association Nova Scotia — Along with 3-weeks vacation for new employees, Health Association Nova Scotia offers flexible hours and telecommuting. They provide tuition subsidies, discount professional accreditation and in-house career planning services.

High Liner Foods Incorporated — As a company built on its values, High Liner Foods believes in its employees. The company supports charitable initiatives that focus on hunger, marine science, and the environment. As well, employees can expect performance reviews every 6 months and 8 paid days off to volunteer.

Jazz Aviation — Jazz Aviation recognizes its employees as their greatest asset. Formal training, in-house mentorship, and paid internships are a few ways they help keep their employees sharp. They have a social club that hosts family Christmas parties and fundraisers for the community.

Maritime Travel — The number one perk? Subsidized travel to exotic locations. As well, Maritime Travel offers work-balance options such as telecommuting, flexible hours, and shortened work weeks.

Northwood Group of Companies — At their main location, employees have access to a meditation room and fitness facility. Northwood offers pension programs and tuition benefits, internships, and co-op roles for all employees.

NTT Data — With a convenient downtown location, employees have access to the waterfront and all the amenities it offers. NTT Data continuously invests in its employees through in-house and online training programs, as well as formal mentoring and tuition subsidies up to $5,0000.

ResMed Halifax — New employees are treated to 4-weeks paid vacation and a day off for volunteering when they start at ResMed Halifax. Along with flexible hours and telecommuting options, employees also receive general referral bonuses up to $5000.

St. Francis Xavier University — Employees have access to course subsidies for learnings that both related and unrelated to their position, as well as performance reviews every 12 months. Along with 3-weeks vacation for new employees, St. Francis Xavier University will pay 100% of health plan premiums.

Workers Compensation Board Of Nova Scotia — Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia is driven by a can-do attitude, always striving to bring care and compassion to everything they do. They are passionate about their employees and demonstrate that by offering competitive benefits, flexible work hours and professional development opportunities.