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Upcoming webinars:

Benefits Canada Live: Meeting the growing demand for mental-health services caused by the pandemic

Date and time: Thursday, October 15 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST)

According to a recent study, 50 per cent of Canadian respondents have reported their mental health has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The crisis has caused individuals worldwide to experience new acute stress disorders—from sleep disturbances to complicated grief—and the demand for reliable mental-health resources has never been greater. In this webinar, Dr. Timothy Foggin and Dr. Diana Velikonja will provide insight into the unique mental-health challenges facing employees today and how employers can help. Attendees will learn insights on the changing landscape of mental health care, how the coronavirus is driving positive conversations around mental health and what steps employers can take to provide support.

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Past webinars:

Benefits Canada Live: Drug innovations webinar series: One drug, many respiratory conditions

Date and time: Tuesday, September 22 (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST)

Biologic agents have offered physicians an expanded armamentarium of treatments to help manage their patients’ conditions. In this Benefits Canada drug innovations webinar, attendees heard from a patient who suffers from multiple respiratory conditions, about their journey and the impact these conditions have had on their quality of life. They also heard from a physician who shared her perspective on the treatments available and why one drug can be effective in treating many related diseases.

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Plan Sponsor Week

Date and time: Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13 (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST)

Plan Sponsor Week was a four-day virtual event hosted by Benefits Canada and the Canadian Investment Review. Designed for Canadian benefits and pension decision-makers, the event provided valuable insights from industry thought leaders on developments in the design and delivery of group benefits and retirement programs for a changing workforce.

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Benefits Canada Live: Drug innovations webinar series: Every minute counts in treating a rare blood medical emergency

Date and time: Thursday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

New specialty drugs deliver patient benefits, but also impact private health benefits plans. Stay on top of new drug introductions by attending Benefits Canada’s drug innovations webinars, where you’ll hear directly from experts about new medications and the diseases they treat. aTTP (acquired Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) is a rare, life-threatening emergency blood disorder that typically occurs in the young, working population and has serious long-term impacts if not treated quickly. This webinar helped attendees better understand how aTTP and the first targeted therapy approved for this condition may impact your benefits plan.

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Benefits Canada Live: Overall health: The key to employee well-being during and after the pandemic

Date and time: Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

The coronavirus has seriously shaken things up for Canadians, both in their professional and personal lives. This new normal, for many of us, means working from home and homeschooling. With people reluctant to go to the hospital, an increase in health problems is expected, which organizations and insurers will have to address and adapt to. What health problems are being talked about, exactly? How can employees take care of their employees from a distance? Is financial stress on the rise? Are compassion and caring now central to the employer-employee relationship? This webinar explored how overall wellness, which includes physical, mental and financial health, is especially important during a crisis – and how going forward, this wellness culture will be an integral part of group plans.

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2020 edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey Webinar

Date and time: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sanofi Canada is very proud to produce The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey. Sanofi is a leading global pharmaceutical company with therapeutic solutions in many areas, including diabetes, oncology, cardiology, internal medicine and vaccines. This year marks the survey’s 23rd anniversary, and it is by far the longest-running survey of private health benefit plans in Canada. This year’s survey findings are broken down into four main sections, as presented in the report. This webinar presented highlights from these four sections.

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Benefits Canada Live: Expanding access to high-quality health care with telemedicine

Date and time: Thursday, May 28, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

While the quality of Canadian health care is widely regarded as among the best in the world, convenient access to high-quality health care is a challenge due to a nationwide shortage of doctors and increased demands for care. The good news is telemedicine can ease the burden on the system and help Canadians get the quality care they need, when they need it. This webinar addressed how leading Canadian employers are taking action by investing in telemedicine services, which enable employees and their family members to consult with Canadian board-certified and licensed doctors — anytime, anywhere.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus and chronic disease: What are the effects on your workforce?

Date and time: Thursday, May 21, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST

How does coronavirus affect those suffering from chronic disease and how can employers help? Did you know chronic conditions affect more than 50 per cent of the workforce and these numbers are on the rise? With many employees forced out of their normal routines, they need more support now than ever to understand and manage their conditions. This webinar provided perspective on the size of the chronic disease problem, identified how employees are managing during the crisis and provided tips on what employers can do to provide the best possible support.

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Benefits Canada Live: Current health-care policies impacting private drug coverage

Date and time: Tuesday, May 12, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

This webinar discussed the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts during the coronavirus crisis, as well as some key, top-of-mind policy issues for Canadian insurers and their potential impact from the private-payer perspective. Further, this webinar covered the proposed Patented Medicines Pricing Review Board (PMPRB) reforms, the value of Canada’s dual-coverage system and the most recent Private Drug Plan Cost Drivers Report.

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Benefits Canada Live: 2020 CAP Member Survey: Retirement savings and financial well-being in the era of coronavirus

Date and time: Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 – 11:30 AM EST

Alongside a struggling global economy, Canadian capital accumulation plans are facing unprecedented challenges. This year, Benefits Canada’s annual CAP Member Survey asked plan members about their retirement readiness, their investment strategies during these tumultuous times and their overall financial well-being.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus and workplace mental health

With the impact of coronavirus felt around the world, Canadian employers and employees are facing both personal and professional pressures. Physical well-being is vital at this time, but the situation is raising multiple mental-health issues as well, including rising stress levels exacerbated by job uncertainty and social isolation. On March 31, Benefits Canada hosted a panel of experts who dug into how employers can help employees navigate this difficult time.

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Benefits Canada Live: Coronavirus: What do employers need to know?

With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly evolving, the global employment landscape is facing unprecedented challenges. What do employers need to know to manage these uncertain times and support their employees? Looking at short-term disability programs, benefits plans, human resources policies and legal obligations, Benefits Canada hosted a panel of experts on March 19 to answer all plan sponsor questions.

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Benefits Canada Live:2019 CAP Member Survey: A deeper dive into your plan members’ retirement readiness

While more than half of Canadian capital accumulation plan members believe they’re financially prepared for retirement, their confidence varies by generation, particularly when it comes to their knowledge of investment and decumulation options. Take a deeper dive into Benefits Canada’s 2019 CAP Member Survey to help plan members on their journey to retirement.

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A primer on cannabis legalization and benefits plans

With the federal government passing legislation to legalize the possession of recreational marijuana, employers have a lot of questions about what it means for them. Watch Benefits Canada’s recent webinar on some of the legal issues for benefits plans with Miller Thomson LLP’s Kim Ozubko.