Canada's Top Family-Friendly
Employers (2018)
Winners from our 17th annual editorial competition
Simon Fraser University provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 35 weeks)

About the Competition

Background

Now in its 17th 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 2018 winners were announced on March 21, 2018. Read the press release issued the same day announcing this year's winners.


Government of Yukon helps employees balance family personal commitments with alternative working arrangements including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks -- and up to 6 paid personal days off annually

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.


Shaw Communications supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 70% of salary for 20 weeks) -- and provides alternative work options to help employees balance family commitments

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.


TMMC leads its industry in family-friendly benefits, providing maternity and parental leave for new moms (to 65% of salary for 52 weeks) and parental leave for new dads and adoptive parents (to 65% of salary for 35 weeks)

2019 Competition

Applications for our 2019 competition will be available early in 2018. Our 2019 winners will be announced early in 2019. 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.

SickKids Hospital in Toronto offers new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) maternity and parental leave top-up (84% to 93% of salary) -- plus financial support for IVF treatments (to $2,400)
SickKids Hospital in Toronto offers new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) maternity and parental leave top-up (84% to 93% of salary) -- plus financial support for IVF treatments (to $2,400)

2018 Winners

Here are 2018 winners of the Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers competition. Click an employer name to read our editors' full Reasons for Selection:

Vancity supports employees with young families through generous maternity and parental leave top-up for mothers (to 85% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 85% of salary for 35 weeks)
BASF Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- employees can also take advantage of onsite daycare
BASF Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- employees can also take advantage of onsite daycare

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