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Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines Effective Immediately: In participating pharmacies in Ontario, pharmacists can now provide individuals five years of age and older with vaccines—many of which are travel vaccines—that help protect against the following 13 preventable diseases: • Bacille Calmette-Guérin (tuberculosis) • Haemophilus influenzae type B—known as Hib (severe bacterial infection) • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Herpes zoster (shingles) • Human papillomavirus (HPV) • Japanese encephalitis • Meningococcal disease (severe illnesses like infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as bloodstream infections caused by a certain bacteria) • Pneumococcal disease (range of infections from ear and sinus to pneumonia and bloodstream) • Rabies • Typhoid • Varicella (chicken pox) • Yellow fever How does this affect your employee benefits plan? Some of the vaccines require a prescription from a…read more →

Car insurance rates for Ontario drivers could increase as high as 7%

Car insurance rates for Ontario drivers could increase as high as 7%

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released the auto insurance rate approvals for the first quarter of 2017. For Ontario drivers, car insurance rates are increasing overall in the province by 1.24%. This compares to a 0.14 per cent decrease in the previous quarter. Even though approved rates increased 1.24 per cent, some drivers could see their rates go up as much as 7%, while others may see a decrease in the neighbourhood of 3%, as this is the range in rates approved this quarter. It all depends on who you have your coverage through. “Ontario has a very competitive marketplace,” FSCO says in its quarterly statement. “Rates for the same coverage vary based on each insurer’s claims experience and the insurer’s rating system.” As a result, FSCO urges consumers to shop around for auto insurance. It is more important than ever…read more →

Be Ready To Hit The Road This Long Weekend!

Be Ready To Hit The Road This Long Weekend!

With winter “officially” in the rearview mirror, and a three-day weekend on the horizon, there are two things you can count on this holiday long weekend: the potential for unpredictable weather and lots of traffic. If you’ll be hitting the road this long weekend, rock your road trip with these safety essentials and tips. Prepare your vehicle Top up your car’s windshield wiper fluid, check the tire pressure, and remember to travel with an emergency roadside safety kit. Make sure you’ve got all your car-related documents No matter where you’re travelling this weekend, your car insurance coverage will follow you should something go wrong. Just make sure you have your driver’s licence, insurance documents, ownership and registration handy. Drive only when well rested Only hit the road if you’re well rested. It’s been estimated that about 20 per cent of fatal collisions in Canada…read more →

Shopping For A New Home? Look Out For These 6 Things That Could Impact Your Insurance

Shopping For A New Home? Look Out For These 6 Things That Could Impact Your Insurance

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve done this all before, there’s a lot to think about when you’re hunting for a new home — and you probably have hundreds of questions bouncing around in your head… Is it in a safe, friendly neighbourhood? Does it have a secure backyard where my dogs can run free? And how far away is the nearest grocery store? But have you thought about how different parts of the house itself could impact the cost of your home insurance, and even your eligibility for coverage? While you’re picturing life in a new home, don’t forget to ask some important questions about the house: When was it built? New homes are built based on current standards and bylaws, meaning they should cost less to repair or rebuild than older homes that need to be updated after damage occurs — and…read more →

The 2017 Federal Budget: What Does It Mean for Employers?

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Government of Canada released its 2017 Budget Plan. Many of the commitments, if passed into legislation, will have a significant impact on employers, most immediately those in the federal sector. Key proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code are outlined below. Employment Insurance Act A new caregiving benefit to assist Canadians caring for a critically ill or injured family member. An individual would be entitled to up to 15 weeks of employment insurance (“EI”) benefits where he or she is providing care to an adult family member requiring significant support to recover from a critical illness or injury. While this amendment would apply only to adult family members, an individual would continue to be entitled to collect up to 35 weeks of EI benefits if caring for a critically ill…read more →

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