National Defence recognized among top NCR Employers for 2020

January 30, 2020 - Defence Stories

Peter Hooey, Director General Workplace Management with award

Peter Hooey, Director General Workplace Management, accepted the NCR’s Top Employers Award for DND at an event in Ottawa. 

Peter Hooey, Director General Workplace Management, at the NCR’s Top Employers Award

Department of National Defence employees collaborating on a project.


Department of National Defence employees at a trade show for mental health.

National Defence is now recognized as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2020. The annual award recognizes employers throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

“We’re thrilled that our efforts to make our workplace a supportive, highly functional environment are being recognized in this way,” said Deputy Minister Jody Thomas. “The whole Defence Team has such an important and meaningful job to do for Canada and for Canadians, and our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and civilian employees do their best work when they feel supported.”

The recognition comes following a dedicated and ongoing effort by both the CAF and DND leadership to embrace new capabilities and technologies that support a multi-generational, modern, and flexible workforce. In addition, DND provides employees with access to a variety of tools, programs, services and resources to maintain and improve their total health and wellness in and outside their workplace. 

DND was recognized due to the many ways employees are supported, such as:

  • Investing in the next generation of talent through a number of apprenticeships and operational development programs;
  • Maintaining a dedicated Defence Youth Network to help young employees connect;
  • Helping employees plan for the future through retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan;
  • Offering competitive health benefits that extend to retirees (50 per cent premium coverage and no age limit);
  • Supporting employees who are new parents with generous maternity and parental leave top-up policies; and
  • Offering the option to extend their paid leave to an unpaid leave of absence.

Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using eight criteria:

  • 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.
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