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IKEA Canada is supporting employees amid the rising cost of living by offering emergency relief grants through its Ingka Social Fund and extra discounts on select products. “The establishment of the global social fund was triggered by the energy crisis and inflationary pressures that many are experiencing in markets around the world,” says Natasha Bagley, […]

The gaming and entertainment company’s new manager of benefits, retirement and wellness discusses improving benefits communication, transferring total rewards skills and her favourite Peloton workouts. Q: What new programs or initiatives are you looking to implement? A: I’d like to develop an ongoing education and communications strategy to promote our current benefits programs and categorize […]

Ottawa-based Ross Video Ltd. is supporting employee mental health through a virtual health-care platform. The platform, provided by Telus Health, allows employees and their dependants to connect with mental-health professionals in real time and fills a gap in local health-care services, says Hannah Barkley, the organization’s director of human resources operations. Virtual health care also […]

Victoria, B.C.-based technology company Redbrick is supporting its remote employees through individualized benefits offerings and unique virtual events. “For us, remote work continues to be part of a conscious effort to do what’s best for our employees,” says Christine Tatham, vice-president of people and culture at Redbrick. “We consider remote work in every decision we make. […]

The crown corporation’s senior director of workplace health, safety and wellness discusses leaning into prevention, mental-health leadership training and reconnecting with nature. Q: What new programs or initiatives are you looking to implement?   A: One of the things I think is so special about the world of well-being is how agile and adaptive we […]


The Ottawa Community Housing Corp. is continuing to see employee engagement in its health and wellness programs following its win in Benefits Canada’s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. The organization’s flexible well-being strategy won in the Health/Wellness program category for employers with fewer than 1,000 employees. In 2021, the OCH added more flexibility to its wellness programs by overhauling […]


As the coronavirus pandemic switches to an endemic phase, employers are taking a more holistic approach to mental health to make sure everyone is well-equipped and feels supported, says Julie Cousineau, partner and health practice leader at Normandin Beaudry. Earlier this year, the consultancy conducted a study that found almost 50 per cent of Canadian […]

Once rooted in mental-health support, employee assistance programs have evolved exponentially in recent years to meet the changing needs of employees. During the coronavirus pandemic, the use of virtual care exploded as most people were forced to stay at home, so EAPs had to adapt quickly to provide virtual support to many struggling Canadians. “By […]

Half (50 per cent) of Canadian workers say they’ve experienced a traumatic event that’s had a significant impact on their mental health, according to Telus Health’s latest mental-health index. The survey found women were 50 per cent more likely than men to have experienced a traumatic event. In addition, employees aged 40 and younger were […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 3, 2023 May 3, 2023
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Around a third of Canadians report their physical health (30 per cent), mental health (32 per cent) and financial situations (34 per cent) have worsened or significantly worsened over the past two years, according to a new survey conducted by Environics Research and commissioned by Dialogue Health Technologies Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 Canadians, […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 26, 2023 April 25, 2023
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