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Government Benefits- 2018

To assist you in understanding what Government benefits are available to you and your employees we have compiled this detailed document for your review. Strategic Benefits Government Benefits Document

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Ontario Drug Benefit Plan

ONTARIO DRUG BENEFIT PLAN With the recent implementation of the OHIP+ coverage which extends the Ontario Drug Benefit plan to Ontario residents under the age of 25, we have taken this opportunity to post a copy of this document on our website.  This will provide you with a detailed list of what is now covered […]

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Summary of Bill 148- Changes to Employment Standards Act, 2000

Summary of Bill 148- Changes to Employment Standards Act, 2000 Attached is a summary of changes for the upcoming year impacting the Employment Standard Act, 2000. Many of the proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act are scheduled to take place on a rolling basis. As of January 1, 2018, many of the increased leave requirements are set […]

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Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act On November 22, 2017, Ontario passed The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which will raise the minimum wage, expand personal emergency leave, and increase enforcement of employment laws. Highlights of the passed changes include: Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour on January 18, 2018 then to […]

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Prescription Drugs for Ontario Children

Effective January 2018, all Ontario Children under the age of 25 will receive free prescription drug coverage.  The prescriptions covered will include all drugs currently listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) plan which totals approximately 4,400 prescriptions. It is important to note this does not replace prescription drug coverage offered through an employer sponsored […]

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How Much Should I Spend on Benefits?

As a benefit specialist we are regularly asked by employers, who are looking to implement a new benefits plan, “how much should I spend”?  There are many anecdotal responses, driven from historical facts, however in my opinion the right answer is, how much can you afford to spend? The needs for a benefits plan can vary depending […]

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Western Regional Advisory Drug Forum

Read about what our Western Benefits Alliance Group partners have been doing at the Western Regional Advisory Drug Forum.  This is in the September 2017 issue of the Benefits and Pensions Monitor.  Keep up the excellent work! 5.C.1 Western Regional Advisory Drug Forum Article (1)

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Proposed Small Business Tax Changes

This article was taken directly from the Globe and Mail. The overview Mr. Morneau announced in the budget back in March that the Liberals have not been pleased with some Canadians who are using corporations in their tax planning, and that changes would be made. The claim is that certain folks are using corporations to […]

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Trillium changes pushed back as Ontario seeks ‘further learning’ about co-ordination

Changes originally scheduled for September, impacting the Trillium Drug Plan, have been pushed back while Ontario seeks further clarification about co-ordination of benefits with Private Insurance Plans. http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/trillium-changes-pushed-back-as-ontario-seeks-further-learning-about-co-ordination-100136?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily_Newsletter

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Richard published in “smallbiz Advisor” magazine again!

Check out my recent submission in the smallbiz advisor magazine, discussing some of the challenges related to small businesses and Pension/RRSP. http://www.smallbizadvisor.ca/group-retirement/advisors-can-help-employers-prepare-their-staffers-for-retirement-5043?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter  

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