Markham workplaces among country’s best

A handful of Markham companies, including Hyundai Canada, have been named Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work.

“It is rewarding to see how team members across every level embody our corporate culture every day, and actively contribute to sustaining a positive and equitable workplace culture,” says Kirk Merrett, Hyundai Canada’s director of human resources and administration. “Receiving recognition as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for seven consecutive years is a significant achievement.”

The award-winning foreign automotive manufacturer and producer ranked No. 37 out of 100 companies with 100 to 999 employees. Among other employee perks, Hyundai Canada offers a variety of wellness services in-house, including health checkups, on-site massage, dry-cleaning services, free nutritious breakfast and lunch, vehicle leasing programs and on-site sporting activities. Benefits also include free access to a virtual vet clinic.

The 2024 Best Workplaces in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute using the Trust Index™ team member survey. Rankings are based on employee feedback, which is analyzed to determine the extent to which the employee experience is shared by the full workforce. Great Place to Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience, offering a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective and an overall portrait of the workplace culture.

MBI Brands was ranked No. 97 on the list of 100 companies with 100 to 999 employees. It was recognized for benefits and perks that support its employees in their health and wellness journey. In addition to extended health, dental and vision benefits, eligible employees also have access to Employee Assistance Program, an onsite gym, off-site discounted gym memberships and a dedicated fitness coach.

Aviva Canada, a property and casualty insurance group, was ranked No. 19 on the list of 50 companies with more than 1,000 employees. It was recognized for perks that include up to $2,500 per employee and per eligible dependent essential services such as psychological, psychotherapy and clinical counselling, alongside free resources like guided meditation sessions and mindfulness exercises.

Oppono Lending Co., a non-traditional mortgage lender, was ranked No. 56 on the list of 100 companies with fewer than 100 employees. All employees are entitled to take off their birthday or a day in lieu of their birthday and enjoy their favourite birthday cake. Oppono offers a flexible hybrid work culture to encourage work-life balance and covers all employee phone bills. Because its office is located close to the 407 Express Toll Route, it reimburses employees for the price of using the highway to get to work.

PACE Technical Inc., an information technology solutions provider, was ranked No. 86 on that list. In addition to offering a hybrid environment, home office allowance and comprehensive health benefits, it also offers a paid pregnancy and parental leave top-up program. The CrewHu platform allows employees to earn points through peer and client recognition. Points can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards and extra time off.


Photo of the Hyundai Auto Canada team celebrating at its head office in Markham courtesy of CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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