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Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members say they’re extremely or very satisfied with working from home, according to the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. It found levels of extreme or very high satisfaction were highest among those who also felt most productive working from home (89 per cent) and who were in […]

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  • September 28, 2022 September 27, 2022
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Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members say their health was generally excellent or very good in the past year, up from 43 per cent in 2021, according to the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. While just 10 per cent of plan members reported being in poor health, down from 13 per cent […]

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  • September 23, 2022 September 22, 2022
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The Association of Canadian Pension Management is cautioning the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on a one-size-fits-all approach to risk management across the diverse sectors regulated by the OSFI. In an open letter responding to a consultation by the OSFI, Ric Marrero, chief executive officer of the ACPM, said such an approach has […]

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  • July 21, 2022 July 20, 2022
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Culture risk management can be enhanced within existing risk management frameworks, says the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, adding it doesn’t see a need for a separate guideline from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. In an open letter responding to the OSFI’s consultation, the CIA said it wants a better understanding of any […]

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  • June 22, 2022 June 21, 2022
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The Federal Trade Commission is launching an inquiry into the operations of pharmacy benefits managers that control access to prescription drugs for millions of Americans. The consumer protection agency will order the nation’s largest PBMs to provide a range of information and records detailing how they do business. Pharmacy benefits managers run prescription drug coverage […]

The Pension Fund Coalition is publishing a set of generic contracts aimed to help plan sponsors in establishing minimum environmental, social and governance criteria with asset managers. The model contracts are designed to be flexible across a range of scenarios, approaches and asset classes, according to a press release, which noted although the coalition is […]

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  • May 19, 2022 May 18, 2022
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A British Columbia labour arbitration decision is providing insight on how a block level implementation of a benefits provider’s drug cost-control program violated a collective agreement in a unionized workplace. The Douglas College Faculty Association grieved the implementation of Manulife’s DrugWatch program contravened their collective agreement, which ensured “there will be no change to the […]

Canada’s pension plans are weathering the coronavirus pandemic, with many plans currently in their best financial shape in several years. The early days of the pandemic painted a bleak picture for institutional investors. Between Feb. 19 and March 23, 2020, the S&P/TSX composite index dropped by 37 per cent — the latter date marking the index’s lowest point […]

The shift to hybrid and remote work models during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is one of several issues impacting pension plan and group benefits administrators in 2022, said Michael Wolpert, a pensions and benefits lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, during a webinar on Jan. 13 hosted by the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute. Specifically, […]

As the phenomenon of coronavirus long-haulers — individuals who display symptoms for months following infection — becomes more prominent amid the ongoing pandemic, plan sponsors are taking a flexible and individualized approach through their human resources practices and benefits offerings to support impacted plan members. Mike Mousseau, national well-being and engagement consultant at Arthur J. […]