Category Archives: Group Benefits

Will modernizing the Patented Medicines Regulations in Canada lead to savings?

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The Patented Medicines Regulations, those rules that govern the pricing of pharmaceuticals in Canada, are about to change. Many would suggest that it’s about time. There have been no substantive changes in over 20 years and Canada pays some of the highest drug prices when compared to countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). […]

Government of Saskatchewan imposes PST on insurance premiums effective August 1, 2017

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The Government of Saskatchewan will impose a 6% PST on all insurance premiums with an effective date on or after August 1, 2017. The original effective date for the application of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) was July 1, 2017, but was extended to August 1, 2017, to provide additional time for implementation. The PST of […]

OHIP+ is good news for Ontario-based businesses arriving January 1, 2018

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Given the rising cost of specialty prescription drugs and increased use of paramedicals, Ontario businesses who sponsor an employee benefit plan are finally receiving some good news. With the April 27, 2017, announcement by Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, introducing free prescription drug coverage (OHIP+) for everyone aged 24 and under, a plan sponsor’s bottom line […]

New: PST to be charged on insurance premiums in Saskatchewan

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In an Information Notice dated March 22, 2017, issued by the Government of Saskatchewan, the government announced both an increase and expansion of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) from 5% to 6% effective March 23, 2017.  Read the notice here. Of significance to employers with employees who reside in Saskatchewan is the expansion of the […]