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The union representing employees at Community Support Centre-Northwest in Dryden, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes retirement savings and benefits gains. The agreement includes a new group registered retirement savings plan with a 100 per cent employer match when employees contribute up to four per cent to the plan. It also includes four […]

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  • August 15, 2023 August 15, 2023
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Community Savings Credit Union is reducing stigma around mental health in the workplace and the community through increased wellness support and advocacy work. The British Columbia-based credit union recently increased coverage for mental-health counselling to $2,000 per employee per year and renamed sick days to ‘health days’ to help employees feel more supported. “We wanted […]

Furloughed WestJet workers demand clarity on wage subsidy program amid pay cut

The union representing 350 WestJet employees at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has ratified a 2.5-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement enshrines the airline’s savings plan specifically for this group of workers. The plan permits contributions to either a cash savings plan, a group registered retirement savings plan or a group […]


More than half (57 per cent) of Canadian employees say they don’t get enough vacation time, according to a new survey by Expedia.ca. The survey, which polled more than 14,500 global respondents, found Mexican workers (77 per cent) were most likely to feel they don’t have enough vacation days, while Japanese employees (43 per cent) […]

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  • May 5, 2023 May 4, 2023
  • 09:00
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The union representing 70 employees at Northern Transformer in Vaughan, Ont. has ratified a four-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement introduces a group registered retirement savings plan and a deferred profit-sharing plan in which the company will provide a matching contribution of three per cent of regular earnings, capped at […]

CPPIB investing in Seattle real estate, BCI in legacy acquirer

Most gig workers in Seattle will be permanently entitled to paid sick leave under a new law that expands coronavirus pandemic-era protections and strengthens labour rights for app-based workers. Under the law, workers will accrue one day of paid sick or safe leave — to be used when caring for themselves or a family member […]

An article on a 2023 budget proposal to require employers to report dental coverage as part of the national dental-care program was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Enhanced national dental plan to require reporting of employer-provided coverage: budget 2. CAAT raising DBplus […]

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  • March 31, 2023 March 30, 2023
  • 09:00
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In Ontario’s 2023 budget, which was announced on Thursday, the provincial government confirmed its temporary paid sick day program will expire on March 31, 2023. The measure, which was introduced during the coronavirus pandemic and provided three paid sick days to workers, was designed to support people who needed to take time off work to […]

Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of Canadian employers say they aren’t making changes to their benefits plans in 2023, according to a new survey by the Harris Poll on behalf of Express Services Inc. The survey, which polled more than 500 employers and more than 1,000 employees, found while more than a quarter (28 per […]

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  • March 23, 2023 March 22, 2023
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More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of employers in Ontario believe supporting employee mental health and well-being is important for their organization’s success, according to a new survey by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. However, the survey, which polled more than 1,900 organizations across the province, also found just over a third (37 per cent) […]

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  • February 10, 2023 February 10, 2023
  • 09:05