Montreal Port Authority wins award for work-life balance policies

MONTREAL — The Montreal Port Authority has received the Concilivi, awarded by the provincial government’s Réseau pour un Québec Famille to organizations that stand out for their internal policies to help employees achieve balance in their work, family and personal life.

The seal of recognition was awarded during the announcement of a grant to two NPOs, the Réseau pour un Québec Famille and the Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires famille, by Mathieu Lacombe, Québec Minister of Families, at a press conference held at the MPA’s head office, also attended by Chantal Rouleau, Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for Montreal and the Greater Montreal Region.

The MPA has sought to provide a stimulating work environment, beneficial working conditions and accommodations facilitating the work/life balance of its roughly 240 employees, the organization said.

In 2019, the port authority formed a conciliation committee with members from various teams. The committee produced a Work/Family/Personal Life Charter built around a dozen measures.

Certain measures have been in place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help employees adapt, for example implementing telework on a large scale, providing telemedicine service and adjusting work schedules for operations employees. Such measures made it possible for the Port of Montreal to keep operating seamlessly while ensuring employee health and safety.

“The government’s commitment to the MPA and to all organizations striving to make work/life balance a priority is highly valued,” said MPA president and CEO Sylvie Vachon. “Our employees are at the heart of our success and it is important, now more than ever, to address the issue of how to help employees maintain balance in their personal, family and work lives. It is our responsibility as an employer to make this possible, and it is thanks to the support of the government and organizations like the Réseau pour un Québec Famille that we are able to do so.”