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Okanagan College, Toyota, Lululemon and The Keg on list of Canada's best employers

The best employers talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to work-life balance.

The 2024 list of 'Canada's best employers' by business magazine Forbes shows that 69% of employees site work-life balance a top consideration in taking or sticking with a job, the highest percentage it's ever been.

The only item more important to workers, at 71%, is a competitive salary and benefits.

</who>Okanagan College, which has campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm, is No. 21 on Forbes magazine's list of the top 300 employers in Canada.

Work-life balance means exactly that -- your work and life are in harmony so that you are happy and productive on the job, but you also have separation from work to enjoy your life, family, friends and recreation.

While work-life balance has been in the lexicon for decades, but it's taken on increased importance since the pandemic as employees demand better conditions, flexibility and remote work options.

Thus, the best employers nowadays have to offer good pay and benefits, work-life balance, gender pay equity, opportunities for promotion and on-the-job training to attract and retain the best employees.

</who>The Keg Steakhouse, which has a restaurant in Kelowna, is No. 13 on the list.

The Forbes list, in conjunction with market research firm Statista, collected data from 40,000 people working for Canadian companies with 500 or more employees.

Each category was assigned points and the companies and organizations with the most points were ranked No. 1 through No. 300.

Okanagan College, which has campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm, ranked No. 21.

</who>Fortis, which has natural gas and electric utilities in the Southern Interior, is No. 34 on the list.

A total of 57 other companies and organizations that have locations or operations in the Okanagan also made the list.

They are:

11. Canadian Mental Health Association

13. The Keg Steakhouse

14. Western Financial Group

25. BC Hydro

27. Princess Auto

various rankings. Toyota, Honda, VW and General Motors

34. Fortis

35. WorkSafeBC

46. Marriott Hotels

56. Lululemon

74. University of British Columbia

80. Co-operators Insurance

103. Business Development Bank of Canada

105. Foot Locker

110. Royal LePage

113. Sephora

120. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Summerland Research Station)

121. Revenue Canada

123. Costco

126. Royal Bank

140. Purolator

147. Wawanesa Insurance

151. Service Canada

158. Coca-Cola

163. Aritzia

165. Sun Life Financial

170. National Bank of Canada

173. CIBC

179. Shell

185. Air Canada

192. Home Hardware

202. Canada Life

203. Canadian Brewhouse

204. TD Bank

206. Gordon Food Service

209. Farm Credit Canada

218. Commissionaires

226. BCAA

235. MNP accountants and consultants

236. FedEx

242. DHL Logistics

248. ReMax

249. WestJet

251. Cactus Club Cafe

254. American Eagle Outfitters

261. Manulife

267. PCL Construction

278. Canadian Blood Services

283. Best Western Hotels

287. Earls Restaurants

289. Canadian Red Cross

291. Pharmasave

292. Moxies Restaurants

299. Landmark Cinemas

</who>Air Canada, which flies in and out of Kelowna International Airport to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, is No. 185 on the list.

The top 10 are:

1. Herseys Canada

2. Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

3. Brock University

4. Elections Canada

5. Concordia University

6. Government of Prince Edward Island

7. Hydro-Quebec

8. Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

9. Parks Canada

10. Fisheries & Oceans Canada

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