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The union representing full-time support workers at Ontario’s 24 public colleges has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes a new mental-health benefit, coverage for medical cannabis and an enhanced bereavement leave. The new mental-health benefit will be added in September 2023, providing plan members with up to $1,750 per year for mental-health services, including […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 6, 2022 October 5, 2022
  • 09:00
Maximus Rose partnering with medical cannabis consulting company

Maximus Rose Living Benefits Inc. is partnering with Medical Marijuana Consultants to offer virtual consulting services and access to medical cannabis to plan sponsors and their members. “We want to offer our [plan sponsor] clients and their employees a variety of pharmaceutical and relief options and that includes a holistic approach to health care through […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 4, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 15:00
How three benefits plan members are receiving medical cannabis coverage

While medical cannabis coverage is appearing in more benefits plans, most insurers that cover it still have very specific conditions. Sun Life Canada covers the most conditions, at seven, after adding two ailments to its roster in 2019. Marie-Chantal Côté, the insurer’s vice-president of market development for group benefits, says evidence is emerging that shows […]

Ford Motor Co. and Unifor’s new collective agreement tackles everything from racial inequality, medical cannabis coverage and a new pension plan. The $1.8 billion deal ratified on Monday includes a racial justice advocate in a nod to the ongoing racial reckoning occurring in society and workplaces. The newly created role will complement existing inclusivity efforts at […]

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has found a labour arbitrator failed to properly analyze an employer’s efforts to accommodate an employee taking medical cannabis for his chronic pain. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers initially filed a grievance on behalf of one of its members, who was refused employment by Valard Construction for […]

Plan members increasingly open to pharmacogenetics, virtual care

Virtual-care options are gaining ground, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care survey. Looking at a scenario where plan members would receive health-care services through secure digital chat or video devices — where the health-care professionals aren’t the member’s usual providers, but would be able to share the consultation information with them if requested — […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 8, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00
A look at the legal risk for benefits plan sponsors

With Canada’s population ageing and research and development looking to produce medications that are beneficial for this evolving demographic, drugs are becoming more expensive, according to Mitch Frazer, partner and chair of the pensions and employment practice at Torys LLP.  In fact, among all the countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada has the third […]

Top 10 health and benefits stories of 2019

On the health benefits front, readers were focused on paid leave, legislative changes, medical cannabis and a range of other issues in 2019. Benefits Canada rounds up the industry’s most popular health and benefits stories of the year: 1. Employers urged to prepare for incoming EI parental sharing benefit 2. WSIB policy on medical cannabis takes effect 3. Scotiabank adds extra paid personal days […]

Roundtable: Plan sponsor considerations around medical cannabis coverage

When the federal government signed the Cannabis Act into law in 2018, legalizing recreational cannabis, it also committed to providing patients with better access to medical cannabis and to more extensively researching the trends, use patterns, patient impact, potential therapeutic treatments and adverse effects of cannabis and cannabinoids. The legislation also prompted new conversations in […]

Plan sponsors, members increasingly open to medical cannabis use: survey

Both plan sponsors and plan members are more open to the use of medical cannabis than they were five years ago, according to a new survey by Spectrum Therapeutics, a Canopy Growth Corp. Co. The survey, produced by Benefits Canada‘s publisher Context Group Inc., polled more than 250 plan sponsors and 800 patients who use authorized […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 22, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 09:15