Quebec certifies work-life balance

Employers can attain different levels through BNQ
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/24/2011

The benefits of work-life balance have been well-touted through surveys, studies and employee testimonials. But Quebec has decided to take that sentiment a step further in launching a certification standard around work-family balance. Employers of all sizes can now apply to have their workplaces evaluated by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), with four levels of certification available.

This kind of certification can help employers that are having trouble finding workers, particularly young employees, said Yolande James, Quebec’s minister of family. The new standard will also help the province compete both locally and internationally, she said.

“In this environment, striking a better balance among professional, family and social responsibilities is clearly among the winning solutions,” said the BNQ report on the new standard. “It is also an innovative solution, one that an increasing number of organizations are heralding.”