Canada's Top Family-Friendly
Employers (2021)
Winners from our 20th annual editorial competition
B.C. Investment Management Corp. supports new parents with generous top-up payments in addition to a special 'buddy' program, which matches them with other staff who recently returned from leave

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 20th 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. This year’s winners were announced on February 11, 2021. Read the press release issued the same day announcing this year's winners.


The University of Toronto supports employees with young families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up and multiple on-campus childcare options (Photo: L. Sakulensky)

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, such as: 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.


Before the pandemic, CMHC moved to a 'results-only' work environment that lets employees work remotely and manage their schedules to balance family commitments -- and provided the tools to make the arrangement work

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.


Canada Energy Regulator helps employees balance work and personal commitments through flexible work hours, up to five paid family leave days annually, and up to 15 paid sick days annually

2022 Competition

Applications for our 2022 competition will be available early in 2021. Our 2022 winners will be announced early in 2022. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition.

Nearly 65% of Bell Canada employees were able to work from home during the pandemic, helped by family-friendly policies that let staff balance work and family commitments (Photo: E. Carriere)
Nearly 65% of Bell Canada employees were able to work from home during the pandemic, helped by family-friendly policies that let staff balance work and family commitments (Photo: E. Carriere)

2021 Winners

Here are 2021 winners of the Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:


The British Columbia Public Service offers up to a full year of maternity leave top-up for new mothers and supports parents with older children via an academic scholarship program
Université de Montréal provides excellent family-friendly benefits, including maternity and parental top-up and onsite childcare when staff are ready to return to work (Photo: J. Hajjar)
Université de Montréal provides excellent family-friendly benefits, including maternity and parental top-up and onsite childcare when staff are ready to return to work (Photo: J. Hajjar)

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