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In 2019, Canadians with disabilities earned an average annual income of $43,400, substantially lower than people without disabilities ($55,200), a pay gap of 21.4 per cent, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. It found a 24.3 per cent pay gap between men with disabilities (average annual earnings of $48,700) and men without disabilities ($64,300). By comparison, […]

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  • July 11, 2023 July 11, 2023
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The OPSEU Pension Trust is expanding the definition of an eligible dependent child so disabled dependent children may be entitled to survivor benefits. Previously, a plan member’s children were only eligible for survivor benefits if they were younger than age 18, older than age 18 and attending secondary school full time or attending a post-secondary […]

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  • April 6, 2023 April 6, 2023
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The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is prioritizing accessibility and inclusion in its new offices at CIBC Square in downtown Toronto. “The building was formally announced in spring 2017, with design research starting shortly after that included consultation with 6,000 employees,” says Claudette Knight, vice-president of workplace design and transformation at CIBC. “The results of that […]

Employers requiring workers with disabilities to return to the office should increase flexibility and regularly check in with these employees to make the transition as smooth as possible, says Farzeen Mawji, national practice leader in inclusion and diversity at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Remote and hybrid working arrangements proved beneficial for many employees with […]

More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of Canadian workers with disabilities say they don’t feel valued at work, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. The survey’s respondents reported an overall mental-health score of 64.3, down slightly from 64.9 in October. Apart from optimism (66.4), all mental-health scores declined from October to November, with anxiety […]

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  • December 19, 2022 December 19, 2022
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Amazon Canada is prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility by working closely with its People With Disabilities employee resource group and adding supports such as internal sign language interpreters. “One of the things we’ve really focused on is building a sense of belonging and demonstrating that we value our employees and the diversity of [our workforce],” says […]

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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The percentage of Canadians working from home increased slightly amid a seventh wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Statistics Canada. In July, the percentage of workers aged 15 to 69 who worked most of their hours at home edged up 0.4 per cent to 24.2 per cent. Alongside short-term shifts in work location, many […]

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  • August 10, 2022 August 9, 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 […]

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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