About the CCC Designation

Supporting caregivers is important for the employee, their loved one, family, friends, community, and for Canada in general…and it is the most tangible way to demonstrate that you, as an employer, care. Organizations that do an exemplary job of providing that support can now become designated as a Canadian Compassionate Company. The CCC designation is managed through the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). CHPCA is the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada.

Why should your organization be interested in becoming a Canadian Compassionate Company? 

Besides being the right thing to do, a proven compassionate company has an edge in attracting and retaining talent and instilling a sense of loyalty to the employer. Engaging your employees is very important to a company from a financial perspective. According to a 2015 Gallup article, companies that double the rate of engaged employees achieve, on average, 147% higher earnings per share than their competition.

Companies need to recognize that employees may occasionally require more time off from work than is strictly accommodated by their regular leave policies. The CHPCA’s Champion’s Council created the Canadian Compassionate Company program to recognize those corporations that have formal human resource policies in place to accommodate employees who may need to take time off work to care for a loved one.

Are you interested in applying?  

Send the relevant portions of your Human Resources policy to CHPCA for evaluation and complete our online application. Qualified companies are then able to proudly display the logo as well as receive valuable awareness and educational programs and information from CHPCA that you may distribute to your employees at no cost to your organization.

The approval process takes 4-6 weeks with a term of three years upon approval with opportunities for subsequent renewals.

More details about the CCC program can be found in the press release and backgrounder.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and its Champion’s Council will award the designation of a CCC if your company meets at least three out of five of the following criteria:


Your company has an HR policy that endorses the Compassionate Care Benefit (CCB).


Your employees’ jobs are protected while they access the CCB.


Compassionate Care leave could provide employees with income top-up of benefits over and above the job protected family medical EI benefits leave offered through the provinces and the Federal EI program.


Your company has a caregiver accommodation policy that allows for support and flexibility within economic reason.


Your company promotes Advance Care Planning (ACP) using resources and tools available at advancecareplanning.ca or you have your own materials.

Current Canadian Compassionate Companies (CCC)