7 Canadian Companies We’re Excited About in 2017


From maple syrup to Justin Trudeau, ice hockey to Mounties on horseback, what’s not to love about Canada? Canada holds a high approval rating among Americans, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found. Interestingly, the number of Americans browsing Canadian real estate after the recent U.S. election more than quadrupled, rising 210 percent from the same time last year, according to a recent report.

Aside from real estate and high approval ratings, the second largest land mass in the world is also home to cool companies looking to hire amazing talent. The latest figures from Statistics Canada showed that the Canadian labor market added 53,700 jobs in December, crushing forecasts that the economy would lose 2,500 jobs. Take that!

If you’ve been considering a move to Vancouver or Ottawa, now may be a perfect time. Here are seven companies in Canada that we’re excited about in 2017. Plus, they’re all hiring!

1. Online Business Systems

Between hacking, data breaches and phishing, cyber attacks seem to be occurring monthly. And Onlinel knows that full well. The information technology and business consultancy founded in 1986 has spent the last 30 years helping enterprise customers by designing secure information systems. Online Business Systems is based in Winnipeg and aside from providing risk, security and privacy consulting, they are also experts in IT service management, application performance management and process automation. As individuals and companies continue to ask themselves “are we secure?” Online will continue to lead the way and solve some of the industry’s biggest challenges. Sound intriguing? They’re hiring for a java developer, director of business development and more!

2. Shopify

The number one Canadian company on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small- and medium-sized businesses. CEO Tobias Lütke has a 96 percent approval rating and the company boasts a 4.6 overall rating, which supports this employee’s review: “By far one of the most diverse and inclusive places I have ever worked for, tons of growth opportunities, and incentives to learn and work on your own projects to take your career to the next level.” The e-commerce platform company just opened its second Toronto office focusing on research & design, and is home to a large portion of Shopify’s user experience (UX) design team, as well as a sizable chunk of its engineering talent. Their biggest ambition? To dramatically scale its worldwide workforce by 2019. Engineers are in high demand at Shopify. Apply now.

3. Ceridian

Serving over 25 million users in more than 50 countries, Ceridian is all about efficiency and optimization of business. Transforming businesses is what they do, and they have the first-hand knowledge to do so. When David Ossip took over as CEO of the global human capital management technology company Ceridian in 2012, he inherited an admittedly disengaged workforce and a Glassdoor rating below 2. Now, the company has a 4.1 rating, 83 percent of employees would refer a friend to work there and Ossip ranks among the Highest Rated CEOs and a “leadership team that is consistently walking the talk, seeking for feedback and doing something with the feedback,” says one employee. And they show no signs of slowing down. As employers try to navigate the changing tides of U.S. and Canadian employee benefits, Ceridian will remain at the forefront of HR innovation. Check out the 100 jobs they have available now.

4. ATB Financial

As the largest Alberta-based financial institution with assets of $43.1 billion and 5,300 employees, ATB is the premiere bank in the region and is consistently tapped by economic watchdogs to weigh in on the state of the economy in Alberta and Canada. Whether conducting monthly surveys about the sentiments of business owners or making it easier for individuals to invest in their future, ATB has some of the best financial tools around to help users navigate financial challenges. Now that they have launched ATB Prosper, a digital investing platform, we’re excited to see how the business grows and engages a younger demographic to invest and save. Plus, whether you’re a current student or a senior manager, ATB is hiring.

5. PCL Construction

As America’s blue-collar jobs continue to experience significant year-over-year paid gains, PCL Construction is riding the wave of the construction boom. It’s currently staffing up in anticipation of this year’s rehabilitation project of Ottawa’s Centre Block tourist attraction, which experts say will take a decade to fully restore and modernize, addressing crumbling mortar, aging water pipes and outdated mechanical, electrical and safety systems. This project, many expect, will not only bring more jobs to the area but also improve the economy. That’s a win-win. With perks like a job training program, paid parental leave, a robust health insurance plan and even a gym membership, PCL might just be your dream company.

6. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Employing approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries, RBC is not focused on past successes but instead on the future of financial technology, or fintech. This month, its CEO announced RBC wants to spend at least 40 percent of its overall technology budget on innovation, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, rather than maintaining old systems. Investing tens of millions into AI annually means that they are staffing up and investing in the future. This bank is one to keep an eye on throughout 2017 and going forward. Want to get in while it’s hot? RBC is hiring for over 5,000 roles.

7. TD

If you’re looking for more than just a job or more than just a basic company, TD has what you’re looking for. From corporate giving, volunteering and fundraising to environmental responsibility, TD isn’t just a bank — it is a conscious company dedicated to economic development in long-lasting, sustainable ways. Canadians have come to depend on TD surveys like this month’s that revealed pre-retirees feel retirement savings are being torpedoed by the younger generation, or the company’s focus on helping members achieve financial literacy. Meanwhile, TD team members have come to depend on the opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, incentive programs and excellent benefits packages. Plus, with a majority of its business now in the U.S. market, TD Bank has changed direction from being a Canada-first bank to being a global leader in banking and its hiring surge proves that. Looking to change jobs? Check out TD.

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