At the beginning of October we will be celebrating our 20th birthday helping the not for profit sector save on their operating and administrative costs. On behalf of all of our members, thank you to those members who have been with us since the beginning!
Since the birth of our NATIONAL group buying program all of those years ago, we have grown up and into a full-fledged procurement services division of ASSOCIUM. With our vast array of procurement knowledge, we have been able to grow into a valuable partner for our members. As many of you know, we are so much more than 'group buying' - though it continues to be our main focus. We are an extension of your team.
  • We can help to create cost containment strategies
  • We can design a procurement directive for your organization
  • We give workshops on streamlining efficiencies
  • We are able to help with workflow through assistance with your budgeting and forecasting
  • We perform bench marking exercises
  • We offer complimentary RFQs - Request For Quotes
  • With a dedicated ASSOCIUM GAIN Account Manager, we stay on top of all of your needs from office moves to budget constraints
  • Our preferred pricing doesn't offer 'discount' items - preferred pricing means that overall, your organization will save hard costs and soft resources
  • ALL of our partners offer not only special pricing but value add services to help better serve your needs
Thank you for a great 20 years - here's to another 20! >

Termination of Employees on Long Term Disabilitytwo
Question: How long should/must an employer keep an individual in employment when that individual has been off on long term disability?

Answer: It depends... really!

In this article we'll cover:
  • Key Concepts in Law
  • Statutory Notice Periods
  • Frustration of a Contract of Employment
  • Undue Hardship (Duty to Accommodate)
  • Key Strategies
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Replanting FoodShare's Roots 

FoodShare started up in 1985 in response to economic downturn. The organization acted as a referral service, connecting people to emergency food relief and providing solutions such as community gardens and ways of getting produce to underserved communities via the Ontario Food Terminal. Thirty years on, these ideas have grown and created many community based food solutions.

If you would like to be recognized in this section of our newsletter or website, please forward a short article to Your content can include an introduction to your organization to help generate awareness; it can give a history; highlight your mandate; or even give details of an event. It's your space. We would love to help promote your organization and its initiatives!
pharmacyAsk the Pharmacist: Osteoarthritis
What Causes Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than one in 10 Canadians. OA is the result of the body's failed attempt to repair damaged cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over each other. It also helps absorb the shock of movement.

Find out more about:
  • symptoms
  • causes
  • who is at risk
  • treatment
eventsUpcoming Events
ASSOCIUM has a Calendar of Events, and we offer exclusive use to our ASSOCIUM GAIN members!

We welcome and encourage you to send us your event information so that we can post it for you - complimentary for ASSOCIUM GAIN members. Let us help you get the word out to the public about the initiatives you'd like them to know about! We can add a link to your website for more information about your event and your organization. This is ideal for upcoming galas, festivals, performances - any event you want to invite the public to.
dykDid you know? 
Giving Back is Important

Organizations that give back to their communities through corporate and social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are rewarded - not just in goodwill and positivity, but also in attracting top talent, according to a survey of 1,968 Canadian workers. More than one-half or 56% of workers say it is important that their employer is involved in charity work.
Canadian HR Reporter, September 5, 2016
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For over 30 years, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services and organizational development.

ASSOCIUM Benefits 

Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.  

Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector ( GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
Supporting the success of Canadian organizations since 1984.