Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards Selected as one of National Capital Region’s Top Employers (2020)

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By: Aaron Sander | Jan 29, 2020

OTTAWA, Ontario: January 29, 2020 – Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canadas Capital, and Bayview Yards, Ottawas one-stop business acceleration shop, are proud to announce that, together, both organizations have been named one of thNational Capital Regions Top Employers for 2020. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The comprehensive list of winners was released yesterday in an Ottawa Citizen publication, sponsored by National Capital Regions Top Empowers.   

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards were selected for this prestigious designation based on proactive measures including maternity and parental leave top-up payments, starting vacation allowance allocation and proactive work culture promoted through a social squad committee, making for an attractive and engaging work environment. To attract and retain top talent, were focused on creating a culture of belonging, and that means putting people first,” says Heidi Hauver, Vice President of Talent Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards offer a competitive benefits package including flexible work options, professional development programming, three weeks of vacation with paid personal days and time off, maternity and paternal leave top-ups, and more.  

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers competition. 

The National Capital Region is fortunate to be home to both a vibrant private sector and a strong public service that supports a growing nation, says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canadas Top 100 Employers project. As editors, we are especially interested in the workplace practices that migrate between these sectors, as employers compete to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. This helps not only job-seekers in the region but also employers, who are able to build durable, worldclass organizations. 

Employers throughout the area were evaluated by the editors at Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the following criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in the Ottawa-Gatineau area; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. 



For more information, please contact:  

Patrick Kenny, Director, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards 

(613) 724  7160 | [email protected]  


For general inquiries regarding the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2020 contact: 

Stephanie Leung, Assistant Editor 

(416964-6069 x 5334 


About Bayview Yards  

Bayview Yards is Ottawas one-stop business acceleration shop and the first entrepreneurial hub of its kind in the National Capital Region. An epicentre for job creation, Bayview Yards serves as the basecamp for some of Ottawas greatest homegrown technology talent, capabilities and companies. It is the ultimate mashup of technical, business and market capabilities that help entrepreneurs and firms to launch, grow and thrive. Leveraging $38 million from the City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, and more than $1.3 million from founding sponsors, Bayview Yards brings together many organizations that provide services and support to entrepreneurs and firms. This includes Invest Ottawa, anchor tenant and strategic partner, which delivers its economic development programs from this new home, and works with fellow academic, public and private sector partners. Harnessing the power of these partnerships, Bayview Yards assembles many ingredients for commercial success under one roof.  These include incubation and meeting space, business programs, services and support, prototyping tools, technologies and expertise, market linkages, and access to investment. These offerings work together to accelerate business growth and success and stimulate new jobs and wealth creation in the Ottawa economy.  For more information, please visit 

About Invest Ottawa  

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canadas Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. The organization is guided by a vision to help realize Ottawas full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city: the best place to learn, work, live, and play. Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These programs and services include small business training, mentorship, commercialization, technology firm acceleration, foreign business and investment attraction, local business retention and expansion, and the marketing of Ottawas diversified economy and high quality of life. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of startups, scale-ups and SMEs, helped firms to attract more than $565 million in capital, contributed to the creation of more than 7,670 jobs, and attracted more than $446 million in domestic and foreign direct investment. For more information, please visit 

About Mediacorp Canada Inc. 

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners. Mediacorp also operates, one of Canada’s largest job search engines, which reaches millions of users annually and features editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. Mediacorp also hosts Canada’s largest conference for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit. This year’s conference took place at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in November and featured a performance by Coeur de Pirate, one of the most popular musicians in the French-speaking world. 

Aaron Sander

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