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There's a new ranking for the best employers in Canada

It may not always be easy to land your dream job with the ideal employer in Canada, but the newly-released Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers will at least give you an idea of where to start. 

The list, which Forbes compiled in partnership with market research company Statista, is comprised of 300 businesses with at least 500 employees. 

The top of list is unsurprisingly dominated by well-known corporate names, with Google's Toronto office taking the number one spot.

Utility company Hydro-Quebec sits at second place, while Cisco Systems, Costco Wholesale and Ubisoft round out the top five. 

"Canadians have been enjoying a strong job market of late, with the unemployment rate hovering at 5.6 [per cent], after reaching an alltime low of 5.4 [per cent] earlier last year," writes Forbes staff member Vicky Valet.

"While good news for employees, this environment has tested employers, challenging them to do more to attract and retain top talent. As always, some firms are outpacing the competition."

Here are the 20 best employers in Canada according to Forbes.

  1. Google
  2. Hydro-Québec
  3. Cisco Systems
  4. Costco Wholesale
  5. Ubisoft
  6. Microsoft
  7. Boeing
  8. Air Transat
  9. FedEx
  10. University of Toronto
  11. General Dynamics
  12. GlaxoSmithKline
  13. Université de Sherbrooke
  14. ABB
  15. Pfizer
  16. Ericsson
  17. Apple
  18. BC Hydro
  19. Simon Fraser University
  20. Starbucks

The list was created by surveying 8,000 Canadians, with each participant remaining anonymous allowing them to openly share their opinions.

Participants were asked to rate how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others, on a scale of zero to 10, and they were also asked  to nominate organizations other than their own. 

The final list includes the 300 employers that received the most recommendations.

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