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March 16, 2021

Canada Life’s GroupLine notice: March COVID-19 Group Benefits update

Canada Life wishes to assure its valued members that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine will not affect your individual or workplace life, health or disability insurance benefits. 

Please note that when a COVID-19 vaccine has been given by an authorized health professional, side-effects or complications from the vaccine would not limit someone’s eligibility for group benefits. 

Government-approved COVID-19 vaccinations are tested to make sure they’re safe and effective and while some people have reported side effects after being immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, those side effects aren’t necessarily related to the vaccine.  

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) has also released their position on the vaccine as it relates to insurance coverage 

Canada Life stays committed to the financial, physical and mental well-being of its plan members. 

March 9, 2021

LifeSpeak March Announcement: Brand New Topics & Experts available

The latest additions to LifeSpeak’s online library are now available. Brand new topics include:

  • Worry-Free Money: The Guilt-Free Approach to Managing your Money
  • Men's Health 101
  • Making Flexible and Remote Working a Success
  • Healthy Eating for Families

Check out the full list of topics available in both English and French.

For access from any computer or mobile device:

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com
Password: wellness

Ask the Expert

Be sure to join the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Tired of Being Tired? How to Improve Your Sleep.

  • The English version will be with Dr. Marty Martin, Clinical Psychologist on March 24th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
  • The French Version will be with Faustin Etindele on March 25th at Noon ET. Add to your Calendar
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February 19, 2021

Pension Improvements as of January 1, 2021

Active Member Accrual Rate set at 1.625% for 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that the accrual rate for active plan members will be 1.625% in 2021.  There will be no change to contribution rates. The accrual rate, which was set to return to 1.4% in 2021, will return to 1.4% in 2022.

Pension Increase to Retired and Deferred Plan Members Effective January 1, 2021

The Pension Board is pleased to announce that current pensioners. survivors and deferred members will receive a 2%* increase to their monthly pension benefit effective January 1, 2021.  If you are receiving a pension, the increase will be added to your April 2021 pension payment, retroactive to January 1, 2021.  If you are a deferred member, (that is, you terminated employment but left your entitlement in the Plan), the increase will be calculated and shown on your 2021 pension statement, which you will receive in June 2022.

* The Income Tax Act and regulations limit pension increases to the cumulative growth in CPI since the pension commenced. For this reason, recently retired pensioners and deferred members who terminated employment recently will see a lesser increase.

These improvements are possible because of adequate funding levels at the end of 2020, according to requirements set out in the Funding Policy.

 

Pension Information Seminar

Join us for the next Pension Information Seminar on March 9, 2021.  Learn how your pension plan works, other ways to save for retirement and how to apply for your pension.  Click here To register.

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February 9, 2021

LifeSpeak February Campaign: Let’s Talk About Racial Discrimination

February is Black History (or African Heritage) Month here in Canada and the United States. It is a time to honour the contributions, acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the cultural heritage of people of African descent.  

Efforts continue to improve our social consciousness as we strive towards more inclusivity here in North America. 

LifeSpeak’s campaign will focus on recognizing systemic racism and dealing with its consequences on one's mental healthJoin the conversation during the “Ask the Expert” segment. This month’s topic: Let’s talk Racism: Your Questions answered.  

  • The English version will be with Daphne Magna, Founder & Principal Consultant, Tough Convos on February 24th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar.
     
  • The French Version will be with Carla Beauvais on February 25th at Noon ET. Add to your calendar. 

 More information is available in both English & French 

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February 8, 2021

February is Black History Month!

Article by Adele Halliday (Anti-Racism and Equity Officer, United Church of Canada). Published on February 7th, 2021

While the lives, stories, histories, and experiences of Black peoples can be featured throughout the year, February provides a unique opportunity to offer a particular focus on the stories and histories of people of African descent in church and society. It can be a time to focus on anti-Black racism.

This year, there are several resources available for learning and engaging.

United Church Resources

From the United Church, there are a variety of resources that can be explored:

Morneau Sheppell

Morneau Shepell is also offering some resources:

​​​​​​​We hope that you will take some time to explore these, and other resources, to engage in Black History Month!

 

January 25, 2021

LifeSpeak January Campaign: Healthy Habits= Healthy Life Campaign

LifeSpeak’s campaign on Healthy Habits continues with the great discussion on Healthy Nutrition Habits. 

Be sure to check out each week, as we get expert tips to help improve our Lifestyle habits including; sleep, nutrition, fitness and mental toughness.  

There will also be “Ask the Expert” discussions so be sure to  Add to your Calendar 

Click here to “Engage with the campaign. 

Or  

Learn how to get started in English or French 

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January 21, 2021

Government Pension & Benefits statistics 2021

Learn more about the Government of Canada Pension & Benefits statistics for 2021. 

Please note that this Government of Canada Pension & Benefits summary is for information purposes only but provides details of key minimum and maximum values from government sources in one central resource that supports payroll. 

January 14, 2021

Coping through ‘Blue Monday’

On January 18th otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’, Canada Life will be hosting a live, interactive webinar entitled:

Caring to cope through COVID: stories of giving and receiving support.

From 1pm EDT, expert panelists will share real-life experiences and offer helpful tips on key topics such as; Self-care, Family support and building encouragement in the workplace during these Covid-19 times.

No Registration is required, just click on the event link a bit before 1 p.m. on Jan. 18.

Note: This is a Microsoft Teams Live event. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Teams app before the webinar.

 

This event is also available with French interpretation.

For French interpretation, please mute your computer audio and call into:

844-304-8920 Canada (Toll free)
Phone Conference ID: 480 803 954#

October 26, 2020

LifeSpeak November Campaign: Type 2 Diabetes

The LifeSpeak November campaign is focusing on nutrition and Diabetes Awareness Month. Learn about preventing Type 2 Diabetes, the impact it can have on your health, and information on understanding and managing Type 2 Diabetes.

Available in English and French.

Log in at: united-church.lifespeak.com

Password: wellness

LifeSpeak will also be holding an “Ask the Expert” session in both English and French.

  • The English version will be with Nishta Saxena, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, on November 23 at noon (ET). It’s free to participate and you can sign up here.
  • The French version will be with Dre. Isabelle Huot on November 24 at noon (ET). Sign up for the French session here.
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October 6, 2020

Morneau Shepell mental health microsite is now live!

Morneau Shepell are proud to launch their new microsite! Depression and the pandemic: a deep dive.

Through articles, an infographic and a video, the microsite explores:

  • The relationship between COVID-19 and depression
  • How to deal with financial insecurity and debt stress
  • How physical activity can help with depression during the pandemic
  • Facing loneliness during the pandemic.

Available in both English and French.

Click here to access the English microsite.

Click here to access the French microsite.

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