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01 Jun Benefits of Health Spending Accounts

A health spending account is a valuable tool for any incorporated business owner, self-employed individual, or small business employer. Health Spending Accounts, which are also referred to as HSAs or Private Health Spending Plans (PHSPs), provide a way to pay for medical, dental, and vision...

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01 Jun Health and Dental Plans for Retirees

Many people who are considering retirement underestimate the cost of the group benefits that they enjoyed while they were employed. Examples of benefits included in a group plan may include: Semi-private hospital Prescription drug coverage Dental coverage Life insurance and disability coverage Emergency travel coverage With...

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02 May Need to Know: Group Benefits – April 2016

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Group Benefits. The Government of Alberta’s budget, which they released last fall, included the announcement of...

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18 Apr Premium Tax Increase

Alberta’s budget, released in October 2015 proposed a range of tax increases. Some of these increases will impact benefit plan pricing in 2016 and 2017. What is the change? Taxes are included in insurers’ premium rates. Consequently, group benefit plan sponsors should expect increases to rates at...

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05 Apr How to Thrive in Turbulent Times

Guest Blog by Oliver Baezner (former VP Big Rock Brewery & Founder, Sonic Breakthrough Coaching) Henry Ford really did get it right when he said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”  I have spoken with many business owners and CEOs over...

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30 Mar In the News: Charity Village, March 30, 2016

How can nonprofits make better decisions about their benefit plans? By creating a benefits philosophy for their organization Our co-principal Andrea Shandro has written an article on this topic for Charity Village, the HR partner for recruitment in the Canadian nonprofit sector. Here is an excerpt...

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