Here are some resources you may find helpful when considering whether your business is family friendly. We’ll add to this page as we come across more.

Human Resources: Family Friendly Business Practices

We’ve compiled a list of regulations, policy suggestions, and other human resources materials that are helpful in creating a family friendly workplace.

New Business Leaders Video Series Launched

Warren Beach, CFO of Sierra Systems, is interviewed in the first of five videos outlining why provincial business leaders have become concerned about work life conflict among parents with young children. This theme is central in Paul Kershaw’s research concerning family policy and his New Deal for Families policy recommendations. Watch the video (4:47) here. Visit Dr. Kershaw’s A New Deal for Canadian Families blog to learn more about his research including Generation Squeeze and his family policy recommendations.

Surrey Board of Trade Wants a New Deal for Families

The Surrey Board of Trade has released the Business and Families Position Paper, asking provincial and federal governments for a New Deal for Families.  A New Deal is necessary because UNICEF ranks Canada among the worst industrialized countries for adapting policy to the declining standard of living for the generations raising young children.  These generations are squeezed for time at home, because it now takes two adults to earn what one income often did a generation ago.  They are squeezed for income, because housing prices increased 149 per cent in BC since 1976.  And they are squeezed for services like child care, which often cost the equivalent of a second mortgage. Download a copy of the Position Paper here.