Canada's Top Family-Friendly
Employers (2020)
Winners from our 19th annual editorial competition
Bell Canada has recently made significant improvements to maternity, parental and adoption leave policies

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 19th 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 10, 2020. Read the press release issued the same day announcing this year's winners.


Desjardins Group helps its employees prepare for the important stages of life, from starting a young family to providing for retirement

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.


The official welcome team for the summer family picnic at TMMC / Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (Photo: Wings Productions)

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.


The Canada Energy Regulator, based in Calgary, offers new mothers a full year of maternity and parental leave top-up (to 93 per cent of salary), plus exceptional parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents

2021 Competition

Applications for our 2021 competition will be available early in 2020. Our 2021 winners will be announced early in 2021. Join our mailing list to stay up to date and receive an application for next year's competition:

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.

Simon Fraser University staff and students taking part in a family run in Burnaby BC to raise funds for cancer research (Photo: G. Ehlers)
Simon Fraser University staff and students taking part in a family run in Burnaby BC to raise funds for cancer research (Photo: G. Ehlers)

2020 Winners

Here are 2020 winners of the Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:


Employees at the University of Toronto can access a wide array family-friendly resources through a dedicated Family Care Office (Photo: L. Sakulensky)
Staff at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa can learn about the bank's programs and resources available to help balance work and family commitments at an annual wellness fair
Staff at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa can learn about the bank's programs and resources available to help balance work and family commitments at an annual wellness fair

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