Canada's Top Family-Friendly
Employers (2019)
Winners from our 18th annual editorial competition
EDC supports new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (95% of salary for 24 weeks) and provides parental leave top-up to new dads and adoptive parents (95% of salary for 18 weeks)

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 18th 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 2019 winners were announced on March 5, 2019.


SickKids Hospital offers a variety of alternative work arrangements to help employees balance personal and professional commitments

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.


Along with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, Simon Fraser University manages onsite daycare which employees can take advantage of upon their return

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.


Bank of Canada provides new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments and offers support for IVF if needed

2020 Competition

Applications for our 2020 competition will be available early in 2019. Our 2020 winners will be announced early in 2020. 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.

EDC introduced a ‘FamilyMatters@EDC’ initiative, offering workshops and a speaker series to employees on topics related to raising families
EDC introduced a ‘FamilyMatters@EDC’ initiative, offering workshops and a speaker series to employees on topics related to raising families

2019 Winners

Here are 2019 winners of the Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

Canadian Heritage offers generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 93% of salary for a full year for new mothers and 93% of salary for 37 weeks for new fathers and adoptive parents)
BASF manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies
BASF manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies

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