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Benefits Benchmarking 2019: Innovation and Flexibility Lead the Way

The Conference Board of Canada, 116 pages, February 28, 2019
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This report summarizes the results of The Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 employer-sponsored benefits program survey. It provides sound data that will enable Canadian employers to benchmark themselves against their peers and make informed decisions about their programs.

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Benefits Benchmarking 2019 summarizes the results of The Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 employer-sponsored benefits program survey. Between March and May 2018, practitioners from a total of 217 large and medium-sized Canadian organizations responded to the survey (representing an 11 per cent response rate).

The report provides data that will enable Canadian employers to benchmark themselves against their peers and make informed decisions about their benefits programs. It explores a wide range of employer-sponsored benefits programs, including extended health care, dental, life and accident insurance, and disability and casual absence, as well as legally required programs such as CPP/QPP and EI. The benefits programs covered in this report do not include wellness programs; paid time off (e.g., vacation, holidays, etc.); or pension and retirement savings plans.

The report also discusses benefits strategy and administration, benefits for part-time employees, and health care spending accounts (HCSAs).

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter 1–Benefits Strategy

Chapter 2–Group Benefits Plans

Chapter 3–Group Benefits Plans for Full-Time Employees

  • Extended Health Care Coverage
  • Dental Care Coverage
  • Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Premium Cost-Sharing Arrangements
  • Annual Premiums

Chapter 4–Group Benefits Plans for Part-Time Employees

  • Premium Cost-Sharing Arrangements
  • Annual Premiums

Chapter 5–Health Care Spending Accounts

  • Prevalence
  • Eligibility
  • Contributions
  • Wellness Benefit

Chapter 6–Benefits Function

  • Staffing Ratios

Chapter 7–Benefits Costs

  • Benefits Costs for Active Employees

Chapter 8–Conclusions

Appendix A–Bibliography

Appendix B–Respondent Profile

Appendix C–Participating Organizations

Appendix D–Key Group Benefits Plan Statistics

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