Backup child care: Canada’s new employee benefit

Alternative to investing in full-time regular child-care centres
By John Marvin and Nora Spinks
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2004

Over the past decade, progressive Canadian employers have been providing benefits to help parents balance their work and family responsibilities.

According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the number of employer-supported child-care centres in Canada nearly doubled between 1991 and 2000. Yet the majority of employers are still reluctant to get involved with child-care benefits. What can be done to improve the situation? The answer is backup child care, which offers employers the ability to effectively and affordably support working parents.

It’s an alternative to investing in full-time regular child-care centres. Backup services are available for employees when their primary or regular child care is unavailable, when schools are closed, during maternity transition or when there is an increase in work demands.