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With the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process drawing to a close in a couple of weeks, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s panel of judges. The deadline for this year’s awards has been extended to July 7, at which time the awards entries will be turned over to several industry experts. Read: Deadline […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Words and imagery have the power to connect, evoke emotion and elicit a reaction. They also have the power to be inclusive, or exclusive, and employers can now harness that power for good to ensure they’re creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. If you received an email written in language you couldn’t relate to, would […]

Who are the winners of the inaugural Pension Leadership Awards?

Benefits Canada is extending the deadline for entering the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards to Wednesday, July 7. The annual awards, which will be held virtually on Oct. 14, recognize employers and plan sponsors that are leading the way with their approaches to supporting the mental, physical and financial well-being of their employees. Enter the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards today. […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 21, 2021 June 21, 2021
  • 08:45

Plan member challenges — from uncertainty about what their benefits plan covers to mundane issues such as struggling with passwords and difficulty accessing their benefits portal — become human resources concerns and create additional work for plan sponsors.  That’s what Canada Life is attempting to address with its new My Canada Life at Work mobile-friendly […]

Just before the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Canada, Scotiabank made a pretty significant change to how it communicated about its benefits plans and programs with employees. With so much information available to employees, the bank realized it might not necessarily be easy to digest or understand, said Ayman Alvi, Scotiabank’s director of global benefits, during Benefits […]

  • May 21, 2021 July 21, 2021
  • 07:54

Multinational employers based in Canada and the U.S. spend significantly more on their benefits packages than those in other regions, according to a new survey by U.K.-based Darwin Technologies Ltd. The benefits management and employee engagement company found more than a quarter (27 per cent) of North American survey respondents said they spend more than […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 18, 2021 May 25, 2021
  • 16:00
Plan Sponsor Week: Rogers engages staff in retirement savings amid plan design changes, coronavirus

Employees of Rogers Communications Inc. don’t have to look far if they’re searching for new home or car insurance — their employer has multiple discounts available for them. Beyond its traditional benefits package, the company has a website where it “capitalize[s] on the relationships we [hold] as an organization” by providing a range of discounts […]

It’s often said perception is reality and that’s definitely true when it comes to benefits plans. If employees can’t easily perceive the value in their benefits package then it’s up to the employer to make it clearer. That’s where branding comes in. A lot of people — even those in branding — struggle to define […]

  • By: Tom Milne
  • March 9, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00
An employer’s guide to curating a suite of voluntary benefits

In an art gallery, people often recognize and appreciate the arrangement of the pieces as much as the works of art themselves. When employers offer voluntary benefits, they’re hoping that employees appreciate the offering. Above and beyond that, if plan members recognize the program as a customized suite of benefits that supports their unique needs, even better. Another conclusion […]

Editorial: Consumerism in the world of employee benefits

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing us all into social distancing measures for the majority of 2020, one inevitable side-effect is the substantial growth in our digital interactions. For my part, I’ve caught up with colleagues on Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business, attended a baby shower and a baby naming ceremony over Zoom, bought clothes […]