Niagara College named a top employer in Hamilton-Niagara area


Published November 24, 2022 at 2:16 pm

Niagara College President Sean Kennedy said the institution has created an inclusive, welcoming and student-focused workplace culture that supports employee growth and encourages organizational development. (Photo: Niagara College)

With campuses in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland, Niagara College is certainly an institution in the region and has been since it opened in 1967.

Numerous departments within the school have won awards over the decades but now the college had another feather in it cap for the school as a whole.

It was just named a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for 2023.

Now in its 16th year, the Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers competition “recognizes and celebrates employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area of Ontario that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.”

Sean Kennedy, the President of Niagara College, said the recognition as a top employer is “a testament to the excellence of faculty, staff and administrators who continuously support student success and prioritize the student experience in all that they do.”

“Together we have created an inclusive, welcoming and student-focused workplace culture that supports employee growth and encourages organizational development.”

Winners were evaluated on eight criteria consisting of: 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.

In that regard, Niagara College had a number of reasons why it was worthy of the 2023 award, including:

  • Niagara College provides exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers, to 93 per cent of salary for a full year, and offers parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 93 per cent of salary for up to 36 weeks) — employees also have the option to phase-in their return to work
  • Niagara College encourages employees to prepare for the longer term with retirement planning assistance and offers generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan — additionally, the college maintains a dedicated retirees’ association to foster connection and community amongst past employees
  • Niagara College has a longstanding history of celebrating employee success through the President’s Awards of Excellence, which recognize individuals in various categories including excellence in work, exemplifying the organization’s values and culture, and commitment to the Niagara College community

The recognition as a top employer comes at a time of record hiring of faculty, staff, administrators, and counsellors and student support staff, positioning the college for growth as it plays a key role in the period of economic recovery in the Niagara region.

“As one of the largest and leading employers in the Niagara Region, Niagara College takes great pride in receiving this designation,” said Kennedy.

“Our employees contribute to a highly engaged workplace where they are inspired to do their best work in support of our students, and we look forward to welcoming new team members to our college community as we continue our period of historic growth.”

Below, Kennedy celebrates the College’s recognition as a Hamilton-Niagara Region top employer for 2023, highlighting NC’s vision to dream big and support students

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