Winners from our 16th annual editorial competition
Lovejoy Fulton is an HR consultant at the Government of Yukon, which offers new employees four weeks of annual paid vacation allowance

About the Competition

Government of Yukon Spatial Database Administrator Susan Deforest


Now in 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 2017 winners were announced on February 15, 2017. Read the press release announcing this year's winners.

UofT supports families with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, available to mothers, fathers and adoptive parents

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.

2018 Competition

Applications for our 2018 competition will be available early in 2017. Our 2018 winners will be announced in February of 2018.

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's onsite childcare facility
Simon Fraser University's onsite childcare facility
ISM Canada CEO and COO perform at a fundraising event in support of an employee's child
ISM Canada CEO and COO perform at a fundraising event in support of an employee's child

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