Forbes this month released its first-ever ranking of Canada’s Best Startup Employers.
To determine the ranking, Forbes partnered with research firm Statista to identify a shortlist of more than 1,000 companies based in Canada.
Startups were then evaluated based on three main criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction, and company growth. Data points were tallied into a scoring model and the 200 companies with the highest total scores made the Forbes list.
“It hasn’t been easy to be a startup lately,” the Forbes ranking reads. “There are, however, some Canadian startups that show no signs of slowing down—which Forbes has now captured in our first-ever ranking of Canada’s Best Startup Employers.”
The Forbes list shows that Canada’s top startup employers are geographically diverse, stretching across the nation.
For example, the top five feature Montreal’s Moov AI, Winnipeg’s Laivly, Vancouver’s Operto Guest Technologies (which just acquired LA’s DACK), Ottawa’s Noibu, and Toronto’s OpsLevel.
The ranked startups also span a wide array of sectors, from Security and Consulting to Finance and, of course, Technology. Indeed, there are several tech-oriented categories, including Software Services, Electronics, Ed-Tech, Bio-tech and Ag-tech, and Robotics & Engineering.
Operto, which automates hospitality and property management services for hotels and vacation rentals, was noted for employee perks such as as career development programs, mental health support, social outings, a kitchen stocked with snacks and coffee, and the ability to bring dogs to work.
“We care a lot about our teammates and making sure they have a nice separation of work and home,” CEO John Laban informed Forbes.