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State Farm® recognized as one of Canada's Best Workplaces

Aurora, Ontario. April 10, 2013. — The Great Place to Work® Institute has once again recognized State Farm as one of Canada's Best Workplaces.

For the fourth consecutive year State Farm is featured on the list of the top 50 companies employing more than 1000 people. The complete list appears in a special national report in the Wednesday April 10, 2013, edition of The Globe and Mail.

What makes State Farm such a great place to launch your career? Employees are afforded a competitive benefits package and a variety of opportunities to help further their education through internal and external programs. Work-life balance is also important; State Farm provides time off for family and health reasons, and leave for volunteering opportunities.

"Thank you to all our employees and agents who make State Farm a great place to work", says Barbara Bellissimo, Senior Vice President and Chief Agent, State Farm Canada. "Together, we work to help our customers manage the risk of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. It is a privilege to work with a caring, passionate and dedicated team!"

This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures.

This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. This year's list received over 300 nominations and over 57,000 employees participated in the 2013 "Best Workplaces in Canada" survey.

"Great Place to Work Institute would like to recognize and congratulate State Farm for its success in creating a great workplace culture,: says Jose Tolovi Neto, Managing Partner at Great Place to Work Institute Canada. "State Farm Insurance Companies has been ranked on our 2013 list because employees told us they trust management, have pride in their jobs, and enjoy the people they work with. Employees at State Farm Insurance Companies care about their work, their organization, and their community."

For information on how to participate in next year's "Best Workplaces in Canada" list or on how to create a Great Place to Work, visit

About the Great Place to Work Institute

Great Place to Work Institute is a global research and management consultancy with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 46 countries worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces. We are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which we produce in conjunction with prestigious media partners such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times and Fortune. With more than 5,500 organizations surveyed every year across the globe, the programme is the world's largest of its kind. We believe passionately that any company or organization can become a great place to work. Our mission is to help you do it.

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About State Farm

State Farm has been serving Canadians since 1938. State Farm and its affiliates are the fourth largest auto insurance provider, and the seventh largest property and casualty insurer in Canada. In addition to providing affordable car insurance rates, State Farm has more than 525 Canadian agents and 1300 employees providing insurance and financial services including mutual funds, life insurance, vehicle loans, critical illness, disability, home and auto insurance to our customers in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick. For more information, please visit®, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or see us on YouTube.