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36% of Canadian workers bothered by thoughts of death, self-harm over the past year: survey

More than a third (36 per cent) of Canadian workers have been bothered by thoughts of death or self-harm over the past year, according to a…

Coverage of the 2024 Mental Health Summit

On June 6, Benefits Canada hosted its annual Mental Health Summit, the industry’s most popular and well-known conference in this space. Designed for employers and the advisors…

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  • July 16, 2024 July 11, 2024
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2024 Mental Health Summit: How plan sponsors can support employees’ self-management of mental health

While self-management strategies for mental health can empower plan members, plan sponsors also have a role to play in creating a work environment that’s conducive…

2024 Mental Health Summit: The importance of mental-health training for people leaders

People leaders and managers have an important role to play in the well-being of their team members, said Carmen Bellows, registered psychologist and director of…

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2024 Mental Health Summit: Examining the link between poor sleep and mental health

It’s important for plan sponsors to educate employees about the benefits of a good night’s sleep, said Ken Porter, national sustainability director for the Mood…

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2024 Mental Health Summit: How plan sponsors can support grieving employees

People going through the loss of a loved one often worry they’re not grieving in the right way if their experience differs from their and…

2024 Mental Health Summit: What’s contributing to declining percentage of LTD claims?

A decline in the number of long-term disability claims over the past three years may be the result of some employees prioritizing their financial health…

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2024 Mental Health Summit: Early intervention, integrated solutions key to managing disability

Mental health and musculoskeletal problems are currently two of the main drivers of disability claims and it isn’t uncommon for plan members with a mental-health…

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2024 Mental Health Summit: The past, present and future of EAPs in Canada

Warren Shepell has had a front-row seat for the evolution of how mental health has been treated in the workplace.  Shepell was the pioneer and…

2024 Mental Health Summit: What does effective integration of psychological health and safety look like?

When the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released just over a decade ago by the Mental Health Commission of…

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2024 Mental Health Summit: Does an employer’s size impact mental-health support for workers?

During a panel discussion at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Mental Health Summit in June, three plan sponsors discussed whether the size of an employer impacts its…

49% of executive leaders say financial stress preventing frontline staff from doing best work: survey

Nearly half (49 per cent) of executive leaders say financial stress often or very often prevents their frontline workers from doing their best work, according to…

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  • July 15, 2024 July 16, 2024
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Interest rate cut boosts returns from short-term government bonds, credit: report

Returns from short-term Government of Canada bonds and credit are rising due to the easing of interest rates by the Bank of Canada last month,…

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  • July 15, 2024 July 15, 2024
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Ontario court rules employer not obligated to preserve past service benefits

Ontario’s small claims court has ruled that an employer’s letter, which described the benefits coverage that would exist following a divestment as ‘comparable’ to prior…

Caisse, CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’ invest in insurance company

CPPIB investing €550M in European digital solutions provider, Caisse buying Brazilian power transmission platform

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing €550 million in Europe-based team.blue to acquire a 20 per cent interest in the firm. The total…

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  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
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Employers considering dropping dental from benefits plan should think twice: expert

Employers that are considering dropping dental coverage from their benefits plan following the launch of the national dental care program are advised to think twice, says Graham Young, director…

CBSA, PSAC, CIU agreement includes pension, benefits gains

The unions representing more than 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency employees have ratified a four-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement…

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  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

A story on how group insurers can help plan sponsors provide adequate coverage and ensure appropriate use of treatments for rare diseases was the most-read…

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  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
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Institutional investors considering AI need responsible rulebook: report

Putting responsible artificial intelligence principles in place is essential to enhancing risk-adjusted returns and positioning businesses for success, according to a new report by the Canada…

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  • July 11, 2024 July 11, 2024
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60% of working women believe menopause, reproductive health issues can affect career advancement: report

Three-fifths (60 per cent) of working women believe health issues around menstruation, menopause and reproductive health can affect their career advancement abilities, according to a…

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  • July 11, 2024 July 10, 2024
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70% of U.S. employers say benefits critical to attraction, retention efforts: report

Nearly three-quarters (70 per cent) of U.S. employers say their company’s benefits package is critical to attracting and retaining the best workers, according to a…

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  • July 10, 2024 July 9, 2024
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FSRA CEO Mark White stepping down

Mark White, the chief executive officer of the Financial Services Regulator of Ontario, has been confirmed as chair of the Ontario Energy Board and will…

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  • July 9, 2024 July 9, 2024
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Competition Bureau to speed development of guidance on new greenwashing rules

The Competition Bureau is speeding up the development of guidance on the interpretation of new provisions in the Competition Act aimed at greenwashing. The federal…

Blair Morrison retiring from BCFSA

Blair Morrison, chief executive officer and chief statutory officer of the British Columbia Financial Services Authority, is retiring in early 2025 after more than five…

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  • July 9, 2024 July 8, 2024
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