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2022 Mental Health Summit: Health culture, performance indicators key to minimizing employee absence, disability

Since an organization’s most valuable asset is its people, the coronavirus pandemic made it clear that having healthy, happy employees on the job isn’t just…


Jazz Aviation, Unifor agreement includes pension enhancements, bereavement leave

The union representing about 1,100 Jazz Aviation employees has ratified a five-year collective agreement that includes pension enhancements and bereavement leave. The agreement includes an…

Majority of employers enhancing total rewards to improve attraction, retention efforts: survey

The majority (80 per cent) of Canadian employers say they enhanced their total rewards programs in 2022 to better attract and retain employees, up from…

  • By: Staff
  • December 8, 2022 December 7, 2022
  • 09:00

Thomson Reuters supporting employee well-being with new vacation policy

Thomson Reuters Corp. is supporting employee well-being with a new policy that allows workers to choose how many vacation days they take each year. Beginning…

Big Bang supporting employees’ personal development with paid day for volunteering

Big Bang ERP Inc. is marking Giving Tuesday by encouraging its employees to volunteer in their communities through a paid day for volunteering. The initiative…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • November 29, 2022 November 28, 2022
  • 09:00

GTA developmental service workers striking for paid sick days, better wages

Developmental service workers across the Greater Toronto Area are exercising their right to strike after their union — the Service Employees International Union Healthcare — was…

  • By: Staff
  • November 21, 2022 November 21, 2022
  • 15:00

Right Time Call Centre, Unifor agreement includes bereavement leave, vacation enhancements

The union representing more than 60 employees at Right Time Call Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes bereavement…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • November 14, 2022 November 11, 2022
  • 09:00
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CUPE’s Ontario education workers striking for extended benefits, wage increases

Ontario education workers are striking over extended benefits, short-term disability leave and wage increases, among other requests by the workers’ union the Canadian Union of…

Labatt wins award for embedding DEI strategy into business imperatives

Labatt Breweries of Canada’s wide-reaching diversity, equity and inclusion strategy led to a win in the DEI program category at Benefits Canada’s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards…


Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan recognized for coronavirus pandemic response

The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic led to a win in the Coronavirus and benefits category for an employer with…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article about an open letter that highlighted how proposed amendments to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act could have a positive impact on defined benefit…

  • By: Staff
  • October 21, 2022 October 21, 2022
  • 09:00

Fluor Canada wins award for detailed approach to absence management

Fluor Canada Ltd.’s dynamic approach to absence management scored the company a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 18. The multinational engineering and…

Who are the winners of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Alongside the return of the live, in-person Healthy Outcomes Conference on Oct. 18, Benefits Canada announced the winners of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. During…

  • By: Staff
  • October 19, 2022 November 3, 2022
  • 09:00
Women comprise 34% of new Canadian board appointments: report

Arthritis Society updating accommodation policy to support employees experiencing menopause

Arthritis Society Canada is supporting female employees by including menopause in its accommodation policy. The policy identifies ways in which a menopausal woman might require similar…

Capital One using leave programs to support employee mental health, well-being

Capital One Canada is supporting employee well-being by providing six months of protected leave to volunteer, travel or take time with family. The financial organization…

OPSEU, College Employer Council agreement includes medical cannabis, mental-health coverage

The union representing full-time support workers at Ontario’s 24 public colleges has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes a new mental-health benefit, coverage for…

  • By: Staff
  • October 6, 2022 October 5, 2022
  • 09:00

Thomson Reuters supporting employee mental health with mindfulness practices, paid time off

Thomson Reuters Corp. is marking Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day with the launch of a new mindfulness practice. The practice, called ‘be purposefully…

Head to head: Is flexibility the key to preventing women from leaving the workforce?

Flexibility only goes so far, say two experts, and covers a small part of a healthy and respectful work culture. Tracy Fogale, senior manager of…

How Canada’s institutional investors are increasing gender parity

In 2018, Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, engaged the services of Women in Governance, an…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
  • 08:55

Will U.S.-style gig worker litigation come to Canada?

A gig worker by any other name would be a lot more expensive. In most jurisdictions, Uber Technology Inc. drivers and their app-based brethren are…

Q&A with Amazon Canada’s Jane Standing

The technology company’s senior benefits consultant on employee well-being, the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and bikes races in Western Canada. Q: What top…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
  • 08:51

Could provincial governments legislate paid time off for religious holidays outside of Christianity?

When it comes to paid time-off policies for religious holidays outside of Christmas and Easter, can provincial governments do more to ensure all employees receive…

Webinar coverage: Supporting employees with severe heart disease

According to conservative estimates, 100,000 Canadians may suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with an estimated prevalence of about one in every 200 to 500 individuals, said Dr.…

Which employers are finalists in the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s awards program welcomed 115 entries across 11 categories, all highlighting how Canada’s leading…

  • By: Staff
  • September 6, 2022 September 2, 2022
  • 09:00

Talk Shop Media adding ‘pawrental’ leave benefit for new pet parents

Since Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, Talk Shop Media thought it would be the perfect time to roll out its new ‘pawrental leave’ policy.…