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Medavie Blue Cross, Medical Confidence launching health-care navigation system for employees on disability

Medavie Blue Cross and Medical Confidence, recently acquired by CloudMD, are providing select plan members on disability with access to a personalized health-care navigation service that…

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CLHIA opening government-affairs office for Western Canada

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is opening a government-affairs office serving Western Canada. The Calgary-based office will support the CLHIA’s members operating in the…

  • By: Staff
  • March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021
  • 09:00

Canada Life partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart-led health-coaching program

Canada Life Assurance Co. is introducing a new health-coaching program, led by Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.’s Health Solutions team, to help Canadians prevent and manage…

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  • March 1, 2021 March 2, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian employees taking less time off amid pandemic uncertainty: report

Midway through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, Humi, a human resources, benefits and payroll solutions company, noticed an interesting trend in data from…

Majority of Canadians support extending EI sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks: survey

A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00

SEB, EQ Care partnering on virtual employee assistance program

SEB Administrative Services Inc. and EQ Care are launching LifeJourney a virtual employee assistance program offering. The subsidiary of Smart Employee Benefits Inc. and the…

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  • February 25, 2021 February 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Uber drivers classified as workers, given benefits in landmark U.K. ruling

Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as “workers” and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 19, in a decision that threatens the company’s…

WestJet hiring its first chief medical officer

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is hiring Dr. Tammy McKnight as its first chief medical officer. According to a press release, McKnight will develop and implement initiatives related…

TD Bank expanding DEI goals via e-training, shared experiences

TD Bank is broadening its diversity, equity and inclusion goals and connecting employees through anti-racism e-learnings, promoting intersectionality and a storytelling approach. During the month…

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Alberta Health Services adding new mental-health resources to EAP

Alberta Health Services is enhancing its employee assistance program with new mental-health resources for members. The new offerings are the result of a partnership between…

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  • February 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian workers prioritizing mental, physical well-being during pandemic: report

Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index reveals Canadians’ health and well-being remains relatively unchanged since December’s low of negative 11.8, leading many employees to prioritize…

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  • February 18, 2021 February 19, 2021
  • 09:00
Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

Editorial: Don’t waste this mental-health crisis

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The epigram was first coined back in 2004, but it remains as relevant as it was 17…

Expert Panel: Think of health-care spending accounts as the duct tape of benefits plans

Any do-it-yourself handyman’s toolbox isn’t complete without a roll a flexible multi-purpose cloth adhesive that has unlimited uses — a.k.a. duct tape. It’s been used…

Feds supporting B.C. workplace violence-, harassment-prevention training program

The federal government, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and its partners, the Warehouse Union Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of B.C., are launching a comprehensive…

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  • February 11, 2021 February 11, 2021
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B.C. making it easier for employees to make coronavirus compensation claims

A recent change to British Columbia employment law is making it easier for workers to claim compensation related to a coronavirus infection. Last August, B.C.…

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  • February 10, 2021 February 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in…

To achieve DEI goals, plan sponsors can start by reviewing benefits plans

After a turbulent 2020 brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a global call for social justice, companies prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in its…

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans reassuring members amid worry over ministerial order

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans are reassuring members that their pensions are safe, following a recent ministerial order enacted by the provincial government. The order was…

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  • January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021
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Citigroup stretching into virtual fitness programming amid pandemic

This time of year, Citigroup Inc.’s fitness centre would likely usually be packed with New Year’s resolutioners working out and catching up with colleagues.  Not…

Alyssa Hodder joining International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has appointed Alyssa Hodder as director of education and outreach for Canada. In the new role, she’ll be…

  • December 10, 2020 January 23, 2021
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CLHIA names Jean-François Chalifoux new board chair

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is appointing Jean-François Chalifoux, chief executive officer of SSQ Life Insurance Co. Inc., as the new chair of its…

  • December 10, 2020 January 24, 2021
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor is retiring and Kevin Strain is taking over in August 2021

Dean Connor, Sun Life Financial Inc.’s president and chief executive officer, is retiring, effective Aug. 6, 2021. Kevin Strain will take over as president and…

  • December 10, 2020 January 4, 2021
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