Benefits Resources


  • Provincial Budgets 2017: Revised BC Budget

    On September 11, 2017, British Columbia’s new Finance Minister Carole James presented a revised budget. Budget 2017 Update (the “Budget”) remains a balanced budget while including new programs and additional spending focused on education, social assistance, the opioid crisis, and housing affordability.  The revised Budget also includes changes to the previously announced MSP premium reduction

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  • Provincial Budgets 2017: Ontario

    On April 27, 2017, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the 2017 Ontario Budget, A Stronger, Healthier Ontario (the “Budget”).  This budget is the first balanced budget since 2008, yet it includes new programs and additional spending focused on health, infrastructure, and housing affordability matters.  The Budget also includes some equivocal announcements on pension matters. 

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  • 2017 Guide to Government Benefits in Canada

    This guide was specifically designed to provide pension and group benefits plan sponsors with convenient access to information on the publicly-funded benefits specific to the province of residence of their plan members. The 2017 Guide includes information on changes to the Canadian Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Employment Insurance, Federal and Provincial

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  • 2017 Federal Budget Highlights

    On March 22, 2017, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau presented the 2017 Canada Federal Budget titled Building a Strong Middle Class.  The second budget from the Liberal federal government focuses on working middle-class families with children with changes to federal government benefits and tax credits. Budget 2017 provides additional details about investments promised in the previous

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  • Notes on the British Columbia and Alberta Provincial Budgets

    On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Finance Minister Michael De Jong delivered British Columbia’s fifth consecutive balanced budget.  On Thursday, March 16th, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivered the 2017 Provincial Budget, which contains a number of provisions aimed at providing relief for Albertans despite a projected $10.3 billion deficit.   Both budgets highlighted a number of

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  • BC Budget 2017: MSP Changes & Implications

    On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Finance Minister Michael De Jong delivered British Columbia’s fifth consecutive balanced budget.  One of the key items of this pre-election budget was the announcement of reductions to Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums. The Budget promises that MSP premiums will be cut in half for British Columbians with annual family net

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  • 2016 Federal Budget Highlights

    On March 22, 2016, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau presented the 2016 Canada Federal Budget titled “Growing the Middle Class” (Budget 2016).  The first budget from the recently elected Liberal government prioritizes help for Canada’s middle class.  Budget 2016 features numerous measures to improve infrastructure, eliminate and amend a number of tax benefits including the

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  • 2016 Guide to Government Benefits in Canada

    This guide was specifically designed to provide pension and group benefits plan sponsors with convenient access to information on the publicly-funded benefits specific to the province of residence of their plan members. The 2016 Guide includes information on changes to the Canadian Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Employment Insurance, Federal and Provincial

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  • Provincial Budgets 2016: Ontario

    On February 25, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the 2016 Ontario Budget, Jobs for Today and Tomorrow (the “Budget”). This budget focuses on a series of initiatives to help strengthen retirement security in the province. The Budget includes boosts to health spending in a number of areas, raises the cost of some drugs for

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  • Summary of Avinash Maniram’s Presentation on Coping with Sedentary Lifestyles Published on the IFEBP’s Blog

    Avinash Maniram, Group Benefits Consultant at PBI,  presented “Is Sitting the New Smoking? Coping With Sedentary Lifestyles” at the 2016 Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference. A summary of his presentation was published on the blog of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (IFEBP). Please click on the following link to view the article

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