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To build on its efforts in support of the LGBTQ2S+ community, TD Bank is embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into the framework of the organization at every level. In 2020, the bank launched a gender identity and expression initiative for its 90,000 employees in Canada and the U.S., says Girish Ganesan, global head of diversity […]

Scotiabank will be offering coverage for enhanced gender affirmation procedures for eligible employees and their dependants in Canada and the U.S. starting June 1. The coverage will help fill the gaps in coverage to better support people from the transgender community on their own personal gender affirmation journey, said a press release. It will also […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021
  • 09:00
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The Canadian National Railway Co. is amending its pension policy after awarding benefits to a widower who was initially denied because of an outdated rule regarding same-sex couples. On Monday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Newfoundland resident Ken Haire was in a years-long battle with CN Rail over access to spouse Gerry Schwarz’s pension benefits. […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 7, 2021 May 6, 2021
  • 09:00
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Green Shield Canada is introducing a gender-affirmation offering in all group plans as a standard benefit. The offering is effective June 30 and reimburses plan sponsors with expenses that are “above and beyond typical plan designs,” according to a press release, which noted Green Shield Canada will also ensure all provincial and territorial health-care supports […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 30, 2021 May 2, 2021
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TD Bank is broadening its diversity, equity and inclusion goals and connecting employees through anti-racism e-learnings, promoting intersectionality and a storytelling approach. During the month of February, which is Black History Month, many employers in Canada and around the world are furthering their commitments to making their workplaces more equitable and inclusive. On the heels […]

Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband so desperately wanted to adopt they were ready to sink all of their money (and then some) into making their dream a reality. “Adoption is very, very expensive, but we knew in our hearts that this was the right move we were making,” recalls the manager of mortgage sales support at […]

Employers embracing diversity, but more work to be done

As more companies integrate diversity, equality and inclusion strategies into their workplaces, listening and leadership are among the keys to a successful program, according to a webinar hosted by Mercer Canada on Thursday. The company held a series of special listening sessions for staff following the deaths of Black civilians during police encounters in the […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 23, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:00
Manulife enhances family benefits for Canadian employees

Manulife Financial Corp. is increasing its family leave support for Canadian employees, providing 20 weeks of paid maternity leave and 12 weeks of paid parental and adoption leave, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Canadian employees and their dependants also now have access to full gender affirmation coverage for both surgical and non-surgical treatments, as well as […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45

BMO Financial Group is introducing a new diversity strategy that sets goals to address gaps affecting Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Latino and LGBTQ2+ employees, customers and communities. The new benchmarks and plans, which expand the bank’s multi-year diversity strategy set in 2017, includes doubling company-wide representation of Black senior leaders, accelerating Indigenous talent strategies, […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 10, 2020 November 17, 2020
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Employers change up Pride celebrations amid coronavirus

Employers across Canada were forced to adjust their Pride celebrations in June as the coronavirus pandemic necessitated social distancing and most traditional parades and events were cancelled. “[The coronavirus] forced us to think about how to still create these communities we’re trying to build,” says Meryem Benslimane, equity education advisor at McGill University in Montreal. This year, the university took […]