Recipients of Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Awards announced  

Feb 28, 2019 Toronto, Ontario – Hilborn:ECS together with partners CCEOC Inc. and The Goldie Company congratulate the recipients of the fourth annual Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award. This year, 13 organizations from across Canada fulfilled program requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice.

NEOC award 2018The 2018 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award recipients are: 

  • Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (AB)
  • BC Nonprofit Housing Association (BC)
  • Brantwood Community Services (ON)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)
  • Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (ON)
  • Lakeland Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Society (AB)
  • LOFT Community Services (ON)
  • North Hastings Community Integration Association (ON)
  • The Participation House Project (Durham Region) (ON)
  • The Ottawa Mission Foundation (ON)
  • UNICEF Canada (ON)
  • Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services (ON)                    


NEOC award 2017The 2017 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award recipients: 

  • Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (AB)
  • Brantwood Community Services (ON)
  • Centre 454 (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)
  • CMHA - York Region Branch (ON)
  • Équiterre (QC)
  • Lakeridge Health Foundation (ON)
  • The Participation House Project (Durham Region)  (ON)
  • The Society for Selections: A Career Support Service (AB)
  • St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Inc. (SK)
  • The Ottawa Mission Foundation (ON)
  • UNICEF Canada (ON)
  • York Support Services Network (ON)                    


NEOC award 20162016 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award Recipients:

  • BC SPCA (BC)
  • CMHA York and South Simcoe (ON)
  • DeafBlind Ontario Services (ON)
  • Oakville Hospital Foundation (ON)
  • The Participation House Project (Durham Region) (ON)
  • Plan International Canada (ON)
  • Richmond Hospital Foundation (BC)
  • The Society for Selections: A Career Support Service  (AB)


 NEOC award 20152015 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award Recipients

  • CMHA York and South Simcoe Region (ON)
  • Community Living London (ON)
  • Deafblind Ontario Services (ON)
  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre (AB)
  • Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (ON)
  • Movember Foundation (ON)
  • Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (BC)
  • Plan International Canada (ON)
  • The Society for Selections: A Career Support Service (AB)
  • SOS Children's Villages Canada (ON)


All winners successfully completed the NEOC Organizational Profile and Employee Commitment Survey achieving a minimum overall score of 75% overall to qualify for the award. 

In a quest to create "decent workplaces" thought leaders are debunking the myth that employees in the nonprofit sector are willing (and should be expected) to work in exchange for the opportunity to “do good.” Today, talented people can find a socially meaningful career outside a traditional nonprofit organization, which intensifies the competition for qualified staff. And, while there are larger systemic issues, Imagine Canada found there are also practical human resource (HR) issues at the organizational level that cause young professionals to leave the sector  including: inadequate HR management, challenging organizational cultures, lack of clarity around job expectations, and limited training and career development.[1]  

The Nonprofit Employer of Choice(NEOC) Award is a tool that measures a nonprofit's HR practices. The NEOC program provides a framework to evaluate an organization's talent management issues and start constructing a corrective plan of action. This program further enables the board and senior staff to probe and analyze the issues and start the transformational change needed to achieve the impact the donor rightly expects. 

[1] Imagine Canada, "4 Myths About Young People and Non-Profit Work," Blog, August 2016


The Award

The Nonprofit Employer of Choice™ Awards (NEOC) recognizes organizations that have committed themselves to better business management practices ensuring successful mission achievement. Canada's nonprofit sector has recognized the vital importance of  incorporating private sector business practices in areas such as marketing, financial accountability and people management while still honoring the sector’s best practices in service and mission delivery.

  • The NEOC Awards is a national program that will help participating organizations create positive brand recognition and gain a competitive advantage to attract, engage and retain top talent.
  • Candidates for the NEOC award are those nonprofits whose people leadership and vision has translated into exemplary talent management practices.


  • In celebrating the early adopters of best practice governance and management strategies, the NEOC Awards will help establish a body of knowledge that will further advance and strengthen nonprofit employment practices in this country.
  • The NEOC Awards will help your nonprofit enterprise to achieve its mission through the recognition and visibility of the award; it will help nonprofit executives further organizational objectives by increasing credibility across all stakeholder audiences; and it will provide increased positive public awareness for the sector.
  • Award recipients will receive a display plaque, be recognized as part of a media campaign and be included in award announcements on partner websites. A list of award recipients will be widely distributed to the general public and will also be recognized in Hilborn Charity e-News. Each participating nonprofit will receive a Basic Report listing their overall survey score, category scores and top 5 scoring statements. Additional detailed reports are available upon request.


Applications Close: October 31, 2019

"The NEOC program could positively impact on a growing number of nonprofit sector challenges: attracting and retaining great employees, building staff morale, creating a more committed work force and building a successful brand." - Marcel Lauzière, President & CEO, Lawson Foundation