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City Named in Canada's Top 100 Employers List

Notes from Mayor Lynn Peterson

Mr. Chairman, My Colleagues on Council, Members of Administration, Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to share with you two pieces of really good news.

In the September 26 - October 9 issue of Canadian Business, Thunder Bay was ranked ninth out of 40 Canadian cities as one of the Best Cities for Business, and third in the Province of Ontario.

The rankings were based on five factors reflecting socio-economic health including:

  • The variable operating costs of doing business
  • The cost of living
  • non-residential building permits
  • unemployment, and 
  • crime rates

All too often, we don't believe how good it is here, and we need good news such as this to remind us that "Life is really better here". This is indeed good news, and it confirms what I think many of us have believed, but haven't had the documentation to prove.

I am also pleased to announce that in this week's edition of MacLean's Magazine, Thunder Bay was selected as a Top 100 Employer in Canada.

The MacLean's Top 100 Employers list is based on research conducted by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a publisher specializing in employment-related issues. Rather than a ranking, the Top 100 Employers is a list of the organizations that are considered best in their class, from more than 1,100 applications that were received.

Now in its sixth year, the review traditionally focuses on areas including the physical workspace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; and training & skills development.

In the 2004 listing, the article that lead up to the Top 100 list  began with the following quote, that I believe to be very fitting for us, and quite inspirational. It reads:

"The best employers do more than issue paychecks - They improve life in the workplace and in the surrounding community as well."

Bob Petrie has asked that I thank Council and our municipal employees for their support in the implementation of wellness, health & safety, and other municipal policies and programs which have allowed us to receive such recognition.

We have made huge leaps in our human resource policies and practices as this recognition confirms. Special thanks are due to our human resources division for their professional support and work in initiating many of our progressive programs and policies.

I believe that employers are more than the businesses or institutions that they represent. It takes caring and dedicated people to make a corporation a top employer, and ultimately, this is an opportunity to recognize the 3,000 employees of the City of Thunder Bay who work so hard everyday to serve the citizens of Thunder Bay.

We are a top employer because we have top employees. On behalf of my colleagues on Council and the citizens of Thunder Bay, I'd like to thank our employees for making us a top employer.

Thank you

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