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Top Wellness Trends for 2018

Benefits Canada highlights the top Canadian wellness trends we’ll see in workplaces in 2018.  Read the full article here Mindfulness  Research shows that practicing mindfulness can improve stress management and promote self-care, enabling employees to make better choices both at home at work. Personalized wellness coaching Wellness coaching uses a one-on-one approach that provides support, […]

Rally for life changing Drug

Kate Bouey – Nov 16, 2017 / 5:00 am | Story: 211658 A rally will be held in Victoria Nov. 29 calling on the government to fund the drug Orkambi. A rally is to be held on the steps of the provincial legislature in Victoria later this month as two B.C. women ask for help […]

Alberta to Create Fee Guide in Response to Soaring Dental Costs

Alberta’s Health Minister, Sarah Hoffman, announced on December 8, 2016 that it will create a dental fee guide to try to take a bite out of skyrocketing dental costs. This decision was based on results of a provincial review of the dental industry, launched more than a year ago, which showed Alberta’s overall dental fees can […]

Federal CPP and EI maximums for 2017

2015  2016 2017 Employment Insurance Maximum weekly benefit 523.36 537.56 542.59 Maximum annual employee contribution 930.60 955.04 836.19 Maximum annual employer contribution 1,302.84 1,337.06 1,169.64 Maximum insurable earnings 49,500.00 50,800.00 51,300.00 Canada Pension Plan Maximum employee contribution to plan 2,479.95 2,544.30 2,564.10 Maximum annual contributory earnings 53,600.00 54,900.00 55,300.00 Registered Retirement Savings Plan* Contribution limit 24,930.00 […]

Change in smoker status criteria – Marijuana users can apply for non-smoker rates

November 3, 2016 – News from Great West Life Effective immediately, plan members who use marijuana won’t automatically be considered smokers on insurance applications, unless they also use tobacco, e-cigarettes or nicotine products. This change applies to all coverage that requires medical underwriting. Great West Life has updated their Evidence of Insurability Coverage Detail form to reflect the […]

Compassionate Care Leave changes

Compassionate care leave is available to employees who provide care for a family member who has a life-threatening illness. Effective January 3, 2016, the federal government made changes that extended the time period of compassionate care leave. These changes have been reflected in both the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code. The Employment […]

Pharmacare modernizes Reference Drug Program

Effective June 1, 2016: The Ministry of Health is updating and expanding Pharmacare’s Reference Drug Program, with a focus on meeting the medical needs of patients. The Reference Drug Program is a part of Pharmacare, British Columbia’s public drug plan. The program groups certain types of drugs that treat the same illness or medical condition […]

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