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A majority of plan sponsors (80 per cent) and plan members (77 per cent) described the quality of their health benefits plans as excellent or good, according to the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. Employers with 500 or more employees (86 per cent) were more likely than those with fewer than 50 employees (72 per […]

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  • October 3, 2022 October 3, 2022
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Canadian life and health insurers processed nearly $600 million in claims related to mental health in 2021, up 45 per cent since 2020 and 75 per cent since 2019, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. “2021 was a year of recovery and insurers have been proud partners helping employers […]

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  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
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The union representing employees at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Nunavik, Que. has ratified an agreement that includes benefits gains and increases in paid disability leave. Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of the members of United Steelworkers Local 9449 voted in favour of the five-year agreement, which includes short-term disability coverage of 70 per cent of […]

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  • September 15, 2022 September 14, 2022
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After living through a prolonged global pandemic, Canadian benefits plan sponsors are facing a professional environment that’s almost unrecognizable to pre-2020 years. The coronavirus pandemic affected employees at a personal level and is also being felt by employers and their workplace benefits plans, said Jason Kennedy, general manager of virtual pharmacy for TELUS Health, during […]

AGA Benefit Solutions is acquiring Vancouver-based Aptus Benefits Inc., a group benefits and retirement consultancy with expertise in collectively bargained plans and executive disability programs. Private equity firm Novacap will finance the acquisition, which is expected to expand AGA Benefit Solutions’ reach into Western Canada, according to a press release. Read: AGA Benefit Solutions acquiring J&D Benefits […]

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  • September 9, 2022 September 9, 2022
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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. Bobby Heydari, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, during a webinar hosted by Benefits Canada and sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Patients’ mean […]

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An article on a ruling against the Blue Cross Life Insurance Co. of Canada and how it could affect long-term disability premiums was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Ruling against Blue Cross Life Insurance could affect LTD premiums: lawyer 2. Brown and […]

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  • August 5, 2022 August 5, 2022
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A recent court ruling that awarded a plaintiff $1.5 million in punitive damages against the Blue Cross Life Insurance Co. of Canada — in connection with its more than six-year denial of long-term disability benefits — could result in increased costs for employer-sponsored benefits plans. “If this sets a precedent, then higher awards will be […]

An article on Public Health Sudbury’s violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code following an employee’s termination over a vaccine refusal was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Arbitrator finds employer violated Ontario Human Rights Code for termination over vaccine refusal 2. More […]

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  • July 29, 2022 July 29, 2022
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While more than a third of disability claims under Canadian employer-sponsored benefits plans in 2022 were due to mental-health reasons, just two-thirds (63 per cent) of organizations are addressing this risk effectively, according to a new survey by Mercer. The survey, which polled more than 100 organizations globally, found more than half (55 per cent) […]

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  • July 26, 2022 July 25, 2022
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