Questions about Dependents
Wondering who can be eligible as dependents for group benefits plans?

While these rules are actually defined by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), there are some nuances amongst insurance companies that are helpful to understand.

Here are some of the questions we hear the most.
  1. Can you add your spouse later as a dependent for your group benefit plan?
  2. Who is considered a spouse for a group benefits plan?
  3. What happens when you have a new spouse?
  4. How long can a child be considered a dependent for a group benefit plan?
Read all the questions and answers >
Spring Cleaning for the Soul 

Once a year you grab a mop, broom, and garbage bag to make your home sparkle. You don't think twice about rolling up your sleeves in an effort to partake in an annual spring cleaning, but how many of you put half that effort into cleaning up your emotional clutter as well?

Find out how to:
  1. Invest in yourself
  2. Spend some time with yourself
  3. Take care of yourself
  4. Appreciate yourself
Read on to learn more > 
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The Frances Lankin Award 
The Frances Lankin Award was established in 2011 by Social Planning Toronto on the occasion of Frances Lankin's retirement from United Way Toronto. It is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant, sustained contribution to the non-profit community sector in the City of Toronto.  

The Award Presentation
The 2016 Frances Lankin Award will be presented at a reception on Wednesday, April 20th at the YWCA Elm Centre - 87 Elm St. For more details, and to purchase tickets, go to or contact Mary Micallef at 416 351-0095 x 251.

Learn more about the Frances Lankin Award >
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tipTip of the Month! Events Calendar

ASSOCIUM now has a Calendar of Events, and we offer exclusive use to our ASSOCIUM GAIN members! You can find the calendar on our website.

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.

Have an upcoming AGM for your members? Feel free to use our Calendar for that too. We're here to help.

Save the Date!

ASSOCIUM Golf Tournament

Thursday August 18th 2016

Start to think about a foursome of your favourite colleagues and mark down Thursday August 18th down on your calendar.

Come on out for a fabulous day of golf at Whitevale Golf Club, a private course in the town of Whitevale near Pickering.
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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.
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