A seal of recognition for fostering work/life balance
The seal of recognition was awarded this morning 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.
For many years now, 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.
Over the past year, the MPA chose to strengthen this internal policy. In 2019, a conciliation committee was formed with members from various teams. The committee worked diligently and creatively to produce a Work/Family/Personal Life Charter built around a dozen practical measures.
Certain measures have been in place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help employees adapt as events occurred, for example implementing telework on a large scale, providing telemedicine service and adjusting work schedules for operations employees. Taking 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. 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,” said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. The only container port in Quebec, it is a destination port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. It is also an intermodal hub with a service offering that is unique in North America, featuring its own rail network directly dockside connected to Canada’s two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a Cruise Terminal and a Port Centre.
The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 19,000 jobs and generates $2.6 billion in economic benefits annually.
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