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While the coronavirus pandemic may be in the rearview mirror for most employers, the Ontario-based Workplace Safety and Insurance Board knows all too well that the shadow pandemic that emerged from the health crisis is still impacting employees in the workplace. At a time when some employers are considering cutting back on mental-health benefits, the […]

The union representing 120 employees working across Canada for U.S. telecommunications company Zayo Group has ratified a four-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. Unifor Local 2000A was able to protect and maintain the company’s defined benefit pension plan; however, the employee contribution will increase from three per cent to 4.5 per cent. […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 2, 2024 April 2, 2024
  • 09:00

Since decreased cognition can impact retirees’ ability to make sound decisions, the Canadian Union of Public Employees urges its members to discuss financial matters with their families long before exiting the workforce. “If we wait until we’re in distress, we either make very bad decisions or we don’t make any decisions at all, which can […]

Loyalist College janitors’ new contract includes pension, sick days

The union representing more than 160 employees at facilities services provider Robinson Solutions in Oshawa, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement includes enrolment in the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan with a two per cent employer contribution. As well, full-time employees will […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 31, 2024 January 30, 2024
  • 09:00

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. is tailoring its benefits and wellness programs to its unique demographics to more effectively support employee well-being, said Donna Burnett Vachon, the company’s director of change and organization development, during Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference in October. The company has four subsidiaries, with each doing slightly different types of work, […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • November 20, 2023 November 15, 2023
  • 07:55

Flight Centre Travel Group’s holistic approach to employee wellness resulted in a win at Benefits Canada’s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 20. The company won in the Health/wellness program category for employers with fewer than 1,000 employees for its Healthwise program. This year, Flight Centre focused on several key wellness areas, including relationships and connections, […]

CAA Club Group’s commitment to supporting employee health and wellness led to a win in the Health/wellness program category for employers with more than 1,000 employees at Benefits Canada’s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 20. “We were up against some strong competitors and we’re excited that the work we do in the wellness space […]

Employers can support ergonomics by maintaining a proper workstation, providing education and offering proper paramedical coverage, says Dr. Crystal Draper, senior manager of professional practice at the Canadian Chiropractic Association. “[Ergonomic support] is important so employers can help to maintain overall health and wellness of their workforce. We know chronic pain — and any type […]


Canada’s life and health insurers paid out a record $114 billion in health and retirement benefits last year, up $11 billion since before the coronavirus pandemic and up 60 per cent from a decade ago, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. “During a year when many households faced higher […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 29, 2023 September 28, 2023
  • 09:00

While nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of health benefits plan sponsors agree their work environment supports musculoskeletal health, two-thirds (65 per cent) of plan members say their work environment contributes to aches and pains, according to the 2023 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. It found when plan sponsors were provided with details about the impact of […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 26, 2023 September 26, 2023
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