Extended health and dental coverage is very important to Canadians’ decisions when considering a new position or job, according to a survey.

The survey by Western Financial Group and Environics Research Group reveals that six in 10 say that employee extended health and dental coverage is very important to their decision when considering a new position or job, ranking only behind salary in importance and tied with number of hours worked.

Canadians are more likely to say that employee extended health and dental coverage is very important to their decision than group savings and retirement benefits (61% versus 55%).

Those in British Columbia (70%), Northern Alberta (72%) and Saskatchewan (77%) are more likely to say that employee extended heath and dental coverage is very important when considering a new job. Those in Quebec (15%) are more likely to say it’s not important to their decision.

The majority (54%) of Canadians say their extended health and dental insurance coverage is offered through their employer. One-sixth (16%) of Canadians say their extended health and death insurance coverage is offered through their spouse’s employers.

However, 24% of Canadians don’t have extended health and dental insurance coverage.

Men are more likely than women (58% versus 49%) to say that their extended health coverage is offered through their employer.

And those in Southern Alberta (64%), Saskatchewan (64%), those between the ages of 25 to 34 (67%) and those working full-time (71%) are more likely to say they have extended health and dental insurance coverage offered through their employer.

There were 1,018 Canadians who participated in the survey.

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