Working well, living well: 'Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers' for 2017 are announced

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - It's not every day that employees feel like they have a powerful advocate to help balance their work and family commitments.  But that's just what the nation's leading employers are doing, with the best among them offering a range of great benefits suited to employees at all stages of life.  Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2017 were announced yesterday and the winners have set the bar, turning work-life balance into an important tool for recruitment and retention.

"Our editorial team has watched the evolution of these policies for over 15 years," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition.  "Employees are looking for different kinds of family support throughout the course of their careers. Whether this translates into maternity or parental leave top-up for those starting a family, or flexible work arrangements for employees with elderly parents, it's about helping employees maintain work-life balance and offering flexibility for whatever life stage they're at."

Now in its 16th consecutive 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 across the country that offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs to help employees balance work and family commitments.

The competition reviews a range of employment practices and policies, including: maternity, parental and compassionate leave; daycare assistance; reproductive assistance, including fertility drugs and IVF; adoption assistance; paid personal- and earned-days-off (EDO) programs; flexible work arrangements; and even academic bursaries for employees' children. 

Here's how a few of the 2017 winners help employees balance their work and personal lives:

  • Employees at Accenture Inc. receive up to 17 weeks of maternity and parental leave top-up and are able to work locally for one year after returning to work, to reduce the demands from work-related travel.

  • BC Public Service provides maternity and parental leave top-up for employees who are new mothers (to 75% of salary for up to 50 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks). Depending on their location, employees also have access to onsite daycare.

  • Accounting firm KPMG LLP helps employees keep their work-life balance with a variety of flexible work options, including a personal care time-off program that provides up to 50 hours of paid time-off annually to help with personal matters, such as family emergencies, bereavement, moving, religious observance and personal appointments

  • Shaw Communications Inc. offers academic scholarships for employees' children pursuing post-secondary studies (to $2,500 each)

Additional details on this year's winning programs can be found on the competition homepage:

The editors' detailed reasons for selecting each of the 2017 winners (listed below) have been posted on the same site.

2017 Winners:

Accenture Inc. (Toronto ON)

BC Public Service (Victoria BC)

Canadian Heritage (Gatineau QC)

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto (Toronto ON)

Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins (Lévis QC)

Export Development Canada (Ottawa ON)

Fidelity Canada (Toronto ON)

HP Advanced Solutions Inc. (Victoria BC)

ISM Canada (Regina SK)

KPMG LLP (Toronto ON)

National Energy Board (Calgary AB)

Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI (Regina SK)

Shaw Communications Inc. (Calgary AB)

Simon Fraser University (Burnaby BC)

Stryker Canada Inc. (Hamilton ON)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto ON)

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC (Cambridge ON)

University of Toronto (Toronto ON)

Verafin Inc. (St. John's NL)

Yukon, Government of (Whitehorse YT)

SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

For further information: Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, at 416-964-6069 x1464


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