Awards and recognition

At Sun Life Financial we take great pride in the accomplishments of our business operations, our employees and our advisors. Read on to see what our employees, advisors and businesses are achieving.

Sun Life named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers

Sun Life is a 2019 winner of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition. Recognizing our Employees, outstanding HR programs like our global wellness strategy, focus on technology, progressive workplace strategies and best-practices, the competition compared Sun Life to other organizations in their field and measured multiple criteria, including community involvement, communications, development, physical workplaces and atmosphere, benefits and time off.

From international financial services to workplace innovation, have a look at what we can offer you.

Sun Life is again recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

For the fourth year in a row, Sun Life is one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People. This competition recognizes our workplaces and ongoing attraction, retention and development programs offered to young people starting their careers, such as: mentorships, internships, co-op placements and work-study opportunities.

At Sun Life, our people make the difference. If you want to join a leading, international financial services company, and you want to innovate, inspire and be inspired, take a look at what we have to offer.

Sun Life Financial wins Most Trusted BrandTM award

For the 10th year in a row, Sun Life Financial was voted as “Most Trusted BrandTM of Life Insurance Company,” according to the 2019 Reader’s Digest Trusted BrandTM Survey. Sun Life has been a winner in this category since the award’s inception  Sun Life was also voted as “Most Trusted BrandTM of Health and Dental Insurance Company in 2019.”

The Ipsos Canada poll, conducted on behalf of Reader’s Digest, asked more than 4,000 Canadians to name the brand they trust most in 32 product categories.

TMTrusted Brand is a registered trademark of Reader’s Digest

Sun Life named one of the top 100 companies globally for diversity and inclusion

Thomson Reuters recognized Sun Life Financial as one of the 2018 Top 100 Most Diverse and Inclusive Organizations Globally. Thomson Reuters’ D&I Index measures the relative performance of more than 7,000 companies globally against multiple factors that define diverse and inclusive workplaces. Embracing D&I at Sun Life unleashes creativity, fosters innovation and drives value, helping our Clients, colleagues and communities shine and thrive.

Sun Life named one of Universum’s 2018 Top 100 Most Attractive Employers for students in Canada

Sun Life is one of Universum’s 2018 Top 100 Most Attractive Employers for students in Canada. The ranking is based on Universum’s research, which draws on the opinions of more than 14,000 students in Canada, and how we are perceived by tomorrow’s workforce as an employer of choice.

Sun Life ensures students and new graduates have an environment that enables them to contribute and reach their full potential. Take a look at what we have to offer and get your career off to a bright start.

Sun Life gets a perfect score when it comes to LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion

Sun Life Financial received a perfect score, for the second year in a row, on the LGBT Corporate Canadian Index (CCI) for our strong commitment in taking quantifiable actions to support the LGBTQ community. The LGBT CCI measures LGBTQ diversity and inclusion for Canadian companies listed on the S&P/TSX Composite Index, by rating workplaces on their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. We’re proud to be included on the Index and celebrate our achievements in promoting equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community and in the workplace.

Sun Life Financial recognized as one of the best places to work in Ontario and Canada by Indeed

Sun Life Financial is one of the 2018 "top-10 Best Places to Work in Ontario" and one of the “25 top-rated workplaces in Canada” as named by Indeed, the world’s #1 job website. We were recognized based on Sun Life employee reviews of work-life balance; competitive salary and benefits; job security and advancement; and management and culture.

At Sun Life, our people are at the core of our business. If you’re looking to join an industry-leading organization that offers employees the opportunity to grow, innovate and achieve in a modern work environment, take a look at what we have to offer.

Sun Life Financial named one of LinkedIn’s top 25 companies to work for in Canada

LinkedIn named Sun Life Financial one of LinkedIn’s top 25 companies to work for in Canada for our focus on career development and growth, fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment and, most importantly, listening to what’s important to employees and keeping their perspectives top of mind in all of our workplace initiatives.

At Sun Life, our people make the difference. Learn more about what we have to offer, if you want to join a leading international financial services company and you want to innovate, inspire and be inspired.

Sun Life Financial named one of the 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Sun Life Financial is one of the 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, as selected by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company. We are one of just 4 Canadian companies across all sectors – and the only Canadian insurance company – to earn a spot among the 2018 Global 1001.

Applying a data-driven approach, Corporate Knights assesses about 7,000 companies against global industry peers on a suite of up to 17 quantitative key performance indicators covering resource, employee and financial management, green revenue and supplier performance.

Read more about Sun Life’s corporate responsibility programs.


Sun Life Financial named one of Canada’s healthiest workplaces

Canadian HR Reporter named Sun Life Financial winner of the Venngo Healthy Workplaces Award in the 2017 National HR Awards for our outstanding mental, physical and financial wellness programs that foster happy, healthy and engaged employees. Our focus on wellness and a healthy workplace helps us fulfill our purpose: “to help our Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives.”

Sun Life Financial named one of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens

Corporate Knights magazine has once again included Sun Life on its list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. The 2017 edition places Sun Life No. 10th overall, our 2nd consecutive year in the top 10. Sun Life has appeared on the annual ranking 12 of the 16 years since its inception.

To learn more about Sun Life’s work in sustainability and how we are helping make life brighter around the world, check out our latest Sustainability report.

Sun Life recognized for leading-edge leadership development

We’re extremely proud that Sun Life has received the 2016 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Excellence in Practice Award for Organizational Learning & Development for our Advancing High Performance program. We also received an honourable mention in the Career Development category. The ATD awards are widely respected and recognize programs that meet a demonstrated need, showcase best-in-class design principles, align with other talent strategies in an organization, and deliver sustained, clear and measurable results.

At Sun Life, we are committed to offering Employees at all levels opportunities to grow and develop. Advancing High Performance immerses leaders at the Director level in a hands-on program to sharpen their fundamental leadership abilities. It enhances the way they think and act so they can foster our high-performance culture in their teams. Continuous development - it’s one of the keys to our success today and tomorrow.

For an in-depth look at the program, including its strong design and delivery partnerships with Duke Corporate Education and Second City Works, read "Lessons that last" in the December 2016 issue of Dialogue magazine.

Sun Life ranks #1 in Forrester’s November 2016 Canadian Life Insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

In the first Canadian life insurance digital sales functionality benchmark by influential, research and advisory firm Forrester Research, Sun Life proudly took the top spot. Our score of 75/100 outperformed the industry average score of 47/100, thanks to our ability to support the needs of both Clients who prefer to buy online and Clients who prefer to work with an advisor.

Forrester rated’s Life insurance experience using 35 criteria on desktop, tablet and mobile, and categorized the results in 3 stages: discover, explore and buy. We achieved a near-perfect score at the discover stage, where we help Clients think through their life insurance needs, and we earned the top score for our ability to simplify the sales process.