What is Canada’s Outstanding Employers Award?

Some employers are great – others are simply outstanding. We believe employers that are making exemplary commitments to students – Canada’s future work force – deserve to be recognized. This is why in 2011, we launched the Canada’s Outstanding Employer Awards as an extension of our flagship program, Take Our Kids to Work™. The Canada’s Outstanding Award recognizes employers for their outstanding performance and contribution to Take Our Kids to Work day activities. 

Criteria includes:
  1. Promoting the importance of staying in school
  2. Promoting pursuing post-secondary studies
  3. Demonstrating creativity and innovation through engaging and exciting activities for visiting students
  4. Supporting and explaining career choices and benefits of early career exploration

Why does Canada’s Outstanding Employers Award matter?

It matters to your employees. Opening your doors to your employees’ high school children and friends for a day and ensuring that the students have an exciting and engaging experience builds trust and appreciation for your organization.
Winning Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award makes employees and their families feel proud to be working with the best!
It matters to young students. High School students are closer to their future of thinking about career choices. Spending a ‘day in the life of…’ gives them a first look at what skills they will need as they transition into their professional lives. It allows them an appreciation of their parents/guardians work, and respect for the employer’s commitment to education. 
It matters to employers. Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award confirms to your employees, customers, associates and stakeholders that your organization cares about people. You play a role in the development of young Canadians; build community spirit and employee engagement by supporting worthwhile experiences. It showcases your workplace as progressive and your commitment to social responsibility through advancing the value of education for our young people, and a prosperous future for Canada.
These exclusive awards are for employers who register their Take Our Kids to Work day participation. Employers - make sure you REGISTER for Take Our Kids to Work day, every year.

​View Canada's registered Employers and work places.
For more information on Take Our Kids to Work™ contact:

Albert Ko
School to Work Analyst
Phone: 416 440 5128
Did You know
  • 75,000 organizations from every sector participate in Take Our Kids to Work™ day every year
  • In 2013, 10 companies received a Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award
  • 250,000 secondary school students take part every year
  • If you register your organization’s participation [form], you are eligible to apply for the COE Award
  • 30% of Canadian employers currently face a skilled labour shortage. Take Our Kids to Work™ allows students to explore different careers and make informed decisions on their school to work transition.