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Child care a rare employee perk in Canada
« on: October 29, 2008, 02:14:14 PM »
When it comes to whatís hot and whatís not in job perks, child-care expenses rank at the very bottom, a first-time survey of what Canadian employers are offering their workers reveals.

Only two per cent cover child-care expenses, compared with six in 10 who provide life insurance, the most popular perk, and the close to half who offer car allowances, according to the results of the survey by the Canadian Payroll Association, released Friday.

While child-care expenses are covered by just two per cent of employers, itís not because the benefit is unpopular but rather that it is a relatively high cost benefit, explained Steven Van Alstine, the payroll associationís vice-president of compliance programs and services.

The perks that are offered are not just what the employees want but what employers can afford, and child-care expenses would be an expensive one, he said in an interview.


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