Winners from our 15th annual editorial competition
Photographed by Zeljko Santrac

About the Competition

Vancity staff and their families at charity fundraiser


Now entering its 16th year, Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers is one of the longest-running competitions within the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that do the most to help their employees balance work and family obligations. The employers on this list are the leaders in helping employees balance their work and family commitments. Our 2016 winners were announced on March 2, 2016.

Sue Thorne, Registered Nurse at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Selection Process

The editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers evaluate each employer in terms of the programs and initiatives they have to help employees balance work and family commitments. The competition looks at a wide range of HR practices, including: maternity and parental leave; daycare assistance; paid personal- and earned-days-off (EDO) programs; flexible work arrangements; compassionate leave and elder care assistance; adoption assistance; reproductive assistance, including fertility drugs and IVF; and even academic bursaries for employees' children. In addition, our editors look at other programs each employer may have to address specific work-life balance issues unique to their industry.

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada may apply for this competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. The Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers winners are a sub-set of our annual Canada's Top 100 Employers list.

2017 Competition

Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in March of 2017. To receive an application for next year's competition, employers should join our mailing list:

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.

Employees on BC Public Service's Health Promotion team
Employees on BC Public Service's Health Promotion team
University of Toronto employees and students taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run
University of Toronto employees and students taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run

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