Canada’s Top Employers for Young People Announced

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TORONTO — Mediacorp Canada Inc. has released the winners of its annual ‘Canada’s Top Employers for Young People’ competition. A selection of food-and-beverage industry employers were recognized among the 2019 winners.

Now in its 17th year, the competition recognizes employers offering the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers. Winners of the competition are chosen by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top Employers project on the basis of the programs and initiatives they offer to attract and retain younger workers. Each employer’s mentorship and training programs, as well as its career-management program, are also examined.

“The trend is organizations trying to connect young people with a sense of purpose,” says Kristina Leung, senior editor, Mediacorp Canada Inc. “They are showing prospective employees what the organization does — and how young people can fit into that long-term purpose. Or they are extending it to a broader purpose such as charity work that the organization supports.”

Food-and-beverage companies that received Canada’s Top Employers for Young People honours include:

  • Cactus Restaurants Ltd., Vancouver
  • Cargill Ltd., Winnipeg
  • Egg Farmers of Canada, Ottawa
  • Joey Restaurant Group, Vancouver
  • Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd., Toronto
  • PepsiCo Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

As Leung explains, employers are making sure their new recruits get an early opportunity to show off their skills and make an impact. “We see training and mentoring that’s more collaborative, crossing different departments and bringing groups of employees together to brainstorm on how they can impact the organization,” she says.

“Young people are tremendously valuable in our workplace. They bring fresh, new ideas to the table and are keen to develop and hone their skills,” says Tim Lambert, Chief Executive Officer at Egg Farmers of Canada. “We want to provide the best developmental opportunities for all our employees and we want to help guide and grow our young people to be successful in their careers.”

A full list of winners, including detailed reasons for selection, is available at

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