What Was Big and What to Expect

Here we are nearly half way through 2017 and it is about time that we did another retrospective and projection article.

While the focus of the benefits industry has definitely remained on drugs, there are emerging trends to watch over the next year.

Here's what we've learned >
Accounting, Audit and Advisory Services in the Non-Profit Sector

Not-for-Profit Organizations (NPOs) play a vital role in Canada, enhancing communities and providing support to several areas of activities.

These organizations are vastly different from traditional businesses, especially in respect to their accounting and taxation needs. For that reason, having an accountant that thoroughly understands the requirements for NPOs and Registered Charities is key to ensure financial stability and compliance in the sector. 
  • Taxation Filing Needs of NPOs
  • Accounting and Auditing Needs of NPOs
  • Advisory Needs of NPOs

Find out how we can help you > 

Benefits and Risk Managementthree
To Act or React? - That is the question
Managing HR risks can be difficult business. One reason might be because it's hard for employers to forecast the linkage between corporate inaction and financial consequences.

Either the elapsed time in between is too long or positive outcomes are not as obvious. This seems to be the case for workplace compliance.

Look forward and have a plan >   
pillarsPillars of the Community

Rad Grad, the annual SKETCH celebration of youth leadership, growth and transformation in the arts, takes place on Thursday, June 15 from 5-8PM in the SKETCH Lower Level Studios at 180 Shaw St (inside Artscape Youngplace). Going into it's fifth year, Rad Grad also serves as the graduation ceremony for our five youth Community Artists (affectionately known as CAs) from our Community Artist Leadership Program.

The program is a one year, paid position that takes in young people from all art disciplines who are impacted by poverty, homelessness, and marginalization but demonstrate a passion for community organizing in the arts and building their artistic practice. This year's showcase will also feature work in visual arts, movement, spoken word, music and media arts created during our Spring Season.

To learn more about our impact, please visit us at sketch.ca. We hope to see you at Rad Grad on June 15!
If you would like to be recognized in this section of our newsletter or website, please forward a short article to admin@associum.com. 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: Controlling Your Allergies
Allergy Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

An estimated 10-30% of Canada's population and more than 500 million people worldwide will suffer from symptoms of allergies. Allergies are defined as symptoms relating to the nose when an allergen is inhaled. An allergen is something that causes allergies such as pollen, dust, animal dander, and mold.
  • Symptoms
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
Learn more allergies and how to control them ->
golfASSOCIUM Golf Tournament
Think about a foursome of your favourite colleagues and join us for golf on Thursday August 17

Come on out for a fabulous day of golf at Whitevale Golf Club, a private course in the town of Whitevale near Pickering. This will be our 13th year for the event, which is held in honour of Nelson Johnson, an avid golfer before he passed away far too prematurely. This tournament benefits Broad Reach Foundation and the ASSOCIUM Community Chest.  

Our Prix Fixe covers your round of golf, casual lunch, sit-down dinner, all contests and multiple grand prize draws including a week for two on a luxury sailing yacht in the British Virgin Islands!
Early Bird Pricing until June 30th

Golf Tournament and Sponsorship Opportunities ->
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?
Government of Canada suspends lawsuit provision in anti-spam legislation 
The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector.

The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation. The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended.

Information provided by our partner Echohill Email Marketing.
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Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise
across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent , Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.

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.