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Irving Oil One Of Canada’s Top Employers For Third Straight Year

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SAINT JOHN – Irving Oil is one of several New Brunswick companies and organizations named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2019, Mediacorp Canada Inc. announced Tuesday.

“Our people are at the heart of all that we do,” says Sarah Irving, Executive Vice-President of Irving Oil, in a release. “Every day we are thankful for the team that we have working with us.”

The national competition, now entering its 20th year, determines which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional human resource programs and forward-thinking workplace policies.

“Our employees work hard every day on behalf of our company; we’re always proud of the dedication and teamwork demonstrated across our entire business,” says Ian Whitcomb, President of Irving Oil. “With our headquarters in Atlantic Canada, we are proud to be consistently named one of the best workplaces across the country.”

Innovatia, the University of New Brunswick, and Saint John-based CBCL, an engineering and environmental firm with offices in Fredericton and Moncton, also made the list.

More than 9,000 organizations from across the country submitted applications, which were evaluated on criteria that included physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition, says this year’s winners emphasized the importance of giving their employees opportunities to take part in community initiatives.

“We are seeing more time off for employees to work in the community, more matching funds for their fundraising efforts, more donations in return for employees’ volunteer hours – there’s more robustness in these programs,” said Yerema in a release.

“But an employer’s commitment to the community where it operates must be authentic and genuine,” says Yerema. “Today’s generation can figure out everything an employer has done in five minutes on their phone – the scrutiny is rigorous and job-seekers are more selective.”