UBCM Group Benefits Plan Newsletter  

October 2020

Just a reminder that you are able to make changes to your group benefits plan at any time. Please feel free to contact me if you want a review of your plan design. Being part of a bigger pool, the UBCM Group Benefits Plan allows you to offer better customized plans at a lower cost. Email me today!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!  

Diabetes is a disease in which your body either can't produce insulin or can't properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin's role is to regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Blood sugar must be carefully regulated to ensure that the body functions properly. 

Today, one in three Canadians has diabetes* or prediabetes, and those at age 20 now face a 50 per cent chance of developing the disease. Chances are, diabetes affects you or someone you know, that staggering number speaks to the epidemic diabetes has become across Canada. 

With 2021, and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin just around the corner, we can't afford to ignore the impact of this chronic disease on individuals, families, our healthcare system and the economy. Help spread awareness this November and support us in the fight to end diabetes!  For resources, click here.

To learn about the risks and recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes, click here

Quote of the month:

"The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances."

If you have any comments or concerns, do not hesitate to email me. 
UBCM Group Benefits Newsletter
October 2020 

ParticipACTION's Great Big Move challenge

This October may be tough on you and your colleagues: The days are shorter, the weather is turning and the pandemic continues to change the way that special occasions like Halloween are celebrated.

It's a great time to lift the collective mood of your fellow staff and physical activity is an amazing tool when it comes to boosting happiness.

COVID-19 Customizable Tool Kit

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a new customizable tool kit resource to help workplaces across Canada operate safely and prevent the spread of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anchored by the COVID-19: Workplace Health and Safety Guide, the online hub provides one-stop access to more than 40 free resources to reduce the spread and protect everyone in the workplace. The guide includes information on the responsibilities of employers and workers, and what workplaces should do to control risks. Topics covered include how the coronavirus spreads, employers' duties, handling work refusals, hazard and risk assessment identification for COVID-19, and how to control the risk and apply the hierarchy of controls in the workplace.

Workplaces can download the guide on its own or bundle other industry and workplace-specific tip sheets, infographics, and posters to create a customized and comprehensive COVID-19 tool kit tailored to their industry or specific workplace needs.

The COVID-19 tool kit of health and safety resources can be found on the CCOHS website.

Many Surveys Expect Pandemic-Related Increases To Sick Leave, Group Disability Costs             

Most employers expect some level of pandemic-related increase to sick leave costs (65 per cent) and group disability costs (59 per cent). However, only 37 per cent expect overall health and benefit cost increases, while 31 per cent expect reduced costs due to a decline in access to health care and dental services during the crisis.  


'COVID Has Dramatically Changed Employees' Expectations And The Future Of Work Is Being Defined Now' 

However, 24 per cent say it is not likely that they will return when offices re-open, according to a survey by organizational consultancy Korn Ferry.


When we all arm ourselves with knowledge, we can start breaking down the barriers that keep people from receiving help when they need it most.


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Contact us at:
Anna-Maria Wijesinghe   
                    Annie Ni
Manager, Member & Association Services         Account Executive
Union of BC Municipalities                                  Pacific Blue Cross
Phone: 604.270.8226 (ext. 111)                          Phone: 604.419.2434
Email: amwijesinghe@ubcm.ca                          Email:  ani@pac.bluecross.ca