Backup child care: Canada’s new employee benefitAlternative to investing in full-time regular child-care centresBy John Marvin and Nora Spinks11/08/2004|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.