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Increase in Employment Insurance (EI) Maximum Insurable Earnings Affects Short-Term Disability (STD) Plans

The federal government announced the 2022 EI premium rates and maximums.  New rates have been in effect as of January 1, 2022. Maximum insurance earnings                     $60,300 Maximum weekly EI benefit                        $638 This increase affects STD plans where: ● The maximum STD benefit is based on the EI maximum weekly benefit ($638 for 2022), or ● The EI […]

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Changes to Manitoba Legislation coming into effect

On October 1, 2021, amendments to The Pension Benefits Act and Regulations (Manitoba) came into effect and some of the highlights are shown below: Statement of Investment Policies & Procedures (SIP) Annual filing of the latest SIP is now required within 180 days of the end of each fiscal year of the plan. Previously, the […]

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Auto Features for Defined Contribution Pension Plans

Auto features have long been used in DC pension plans across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, as a method to encourage employees to join the plan initially and continually increase their contribution as they accrue more service in the plan. Research and evidence has shown the benefits of automated features to potentially […]

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2022 Government Benefits & Limits – A Quick Reference

Source: and 1 For Spouse of Allowance recipient, the Allowance stops being paid at $36,048 while the GIS stops being paid at $46,656. Note: Pensioners with an individual net income above $81,761 must repay all or part of the maximum OAS pension amount. The repayment amounts are normally deducted from their monthly payments […]

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The 5 Most Common Employment Benefits


Research for the 2021 Robert Half Salary Guides revealed the following benefits that businesses most frequently offer. Extended Health insurance — After salary, this benefit is of the utmost importance to many job candidates and typically includes medical coverage for employees and their families. In a Robert Half survey of more than 500 HR managers […]

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The Importance of Naming a Beneficiary

When an employee enrolls in an employee group benefits plan it is important that they name a beneficiary to receive the proceeds of any life insurance benefits upon their death. Why should I name a beneficiary? By indicating a named beneficiary the employee protects their benefactor from receiving a reduced benefit due to estate taxes […]

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2021 CAP Member Survey

Benefits Canada recently published its CAP (Capital Accumulation Plan) Member Survey to assess the financial wellness of plan members and how they have fared since the start of the pandemic. Retirement readiness and the pandemic 47% of plan members said they feel financially prepared for retirement, compared to 48% in 2020 and 55% in 2019. […]

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Summary of the CIA DC Seminar – September 2021

By June Smyth I had the privilege of attending the DC Seminar in early September, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. As part of the committee organizing the seminar, I was privy in advance to some of the topics but was thrilled to hear the seasoned speakers covering some excellent new content. At a […]

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