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 us to offer better customized plans at a lower cost. Email me today!
BC's Restart Plan: How are we all doing?

We wanted to take a moment to check-in and ask how all of you are. COVID-19 has caused devastating harm: impacting our lives, loved ones, plans, work, and so on. We only need to tune into the news to see how the world has had to cope with the pandemic, with some faring better than others.

We know that there have been difficult challenges that we have had to surmount in the past year and a half. We also recognize that we have seen powerful acts of kindness and heroism during this tumultuous time, which provide some respite in the face of unimaginable loss.

Moreover, we acknowledge that we are resilient, as well as determined, to make sure that we are all safely headed back to normalcy. As of June 25, 2021, we are already on Step 2 of BC's Restart Plan!

On behalf of everyone that works with the UBCM Group Benefits Plan, we want to say thank you for all your patience and support!
Travelling Safely in BC

As the province is slowly reopening, people are becoming excited at the prospect of travelling again. As of June 25, 2021, recreational travel within BC is permitted. Being a tourist in your own city is a relatively cheap way of scratching your travel itch, as well as a way of supporting your local businesses!

Our Group Benefits Administrator, Elvira, went to Deep Cove with her dog, Alaska, recently (see photo on the left). They both highly recommend it!
Please remember to check the BC Government's website for updates before you pack your bags and go.

We wish you (and your bubble) a safe trip!
TIME TO RENEW! Understanding Group Benefit Renewals

Time has flown by this year. We're already halfway through 2021! This means that renewals are coming up. We've compiled a detailed document explaining benefits renewal factors, the renewal process, types of plan funding, and so on.

If you have any questions, please let us know!
June is Pride Month!

Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, mentioned in his speech that "Canadians understand that diversity is our strength. We know that Canada has succeeded—culturally, politically, economically—because of our diversity, not in spite of it."

The month of June is dedicated to one of our most colourful facets of that diversity: the LGBTQ+ community. The symbolic rainbow that represents the vast range of gender, sexuality, and all the meaningful representations associated with it. We can all do our part in making sure that we are inclusive in all that we do: something as simple as adding pronouns to your email signatures promote conversations that don't assume a person's identity.

Celebrations during the pandemic look a little different from normal times, but one way we can do so is to educate ourselves in becoming allies, such as reading articles online. Knowledge is power, and when we train ourselves to be inclusive, we make sure that everyone we interact with feels seen, respected, and validated!
Contact us at:
Elvira Khismatullina
UBCM Group Benefits Administrator

Union of BC Municipalities
Phone: 604-270-8226 extension 111

For the list of the UBCM and Pacific Blue Cross Contacts click here