The Latest from the AOMBT

All the latest from the AOMBT, including events, presentations and program updates. Please note that plan members may need to log in to access some of these resources.

New video resource: Approaching Retirement

September 19, 2017 | Filed under Public.

New video resource: Approaching Retirement

Approaching Retirement covers the Canada Pension Plan and other government benefits, group and personal retirement savings, determining your retirement budget, and how to reach your goals. Presented by the AOM Benefits Trust and Janet Gray, a certified financial planner from Money Coaches Canada.

Click here to access the video, presentation, and a few planning worksheets compliments of our presenter.

Looking for more financial education? Check out Learning for Life for videos, resources, and more:

Enroll in Optional Critical Illness coverage up to $25,000 with no medical evidence required from August 1 - 31

August 7, 2017 | Filed under Public.

The Benefits Trust is pleased to announce that our critical illness carrier, Chubb Insurance, has opened enrollment for guaranteed issue optional Critical Illness coverage. AOMBT plan members have mandatory basic Critical Illness at $10,000. During the month of August, Chubb will accept applications for additional Critical Illness coverage up to $25,000 without medical evidence**. Optional Critical Illness coverage can be purchased to supplement your basic coverage, or to provide coverage for your eligible spouse/partner. Coverage can also be purchased for dependent children. Click here to download our interactive premium calculator for optional Critical Illness (save the file to your computer to enter your information).

Click here for more information about Critical Illness coverage. We encourage you to consider your family’s needs and personal situation when contemplating optional Critical Illness coverage. As with other optional insurances, premiums for optional Critical Illness are your responsibility. Applications for guaranteed issue optional coverage will be accepted between until August 31st, 2017. Download the form for Employer Group Plan Members or Midwife Plan Members. The Effective Date of Coverage will be August 1, 2017.
 
**Usually, only new plan members are eligible for guaranteed issue coverage; all other optional coverage applications are subject to approval by the insurance carrier based on medical evidence.
 
Please mail, fax, or email your completed application to:
AOM Benefits Trust
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3L4
Fax: 416.921.6556
Email: info@midwivesbenefits.ca
Tel: 1.866.418.3773 or 416.425.9974

LifeWorks now available for practice staff

August 1, 2017 | Filed under Public.

LifeWorks now available for practice staff

As of August 1st, all Practice staff plan members and immediate family members can access the full suite of LifeWorks services. LifeWorks is an employee & family assistance program that includes including 24/7 telephone access, in-person or video counselling, financial and legal support, and hundreds of online resources, including toolkits, podcasts and calculators. All services continue to be free and are fully confidential. 

Access LifeWorks directly from the AOMBT website, or go to lifeworks.com (login: aommidwife  password: lifeworks). Telephone support is available at any time by calling 1.877.207.8833.

To help their members better understand the resources and services available, LifeWorks is offering free orientation webinars this Fall. To register, click on your preferred date below.

Wednesday, Sept 13 (1pm - 2pm ET)
Wednesday, Nov 22 (1pm - 2pm ET)

If you have any questions about LifeWorks, please contact us.

Win with your Desjardins GRSP!

July 6, 2017 | Filed under Public.

Would you like to win up to $2,500 in gift cards* and/or a bonus deposited into your Group Retirement Savings Plan account? Our GRSP provider, Desjardins, is hosting a summer contest for all GRSP plan participants. Entering is easy:

  1. Just by visiting your participant services website at www.dfs.ca/participant between July 1 and September 30, 2017, you’ll be automatically signed up for the contest to win one of two $1,000 prizes.
  2. You could win another $1,000 by choosing to receive your Desjardins statement in an electronic format only. Here’s how:
    1. Go to your participant services website at www.dfs.ca/participant
    2. Click the Statement icon in the Shortcuts section. (It’s on the bottom-left.)
    3. Select Electronic as your preferred mailing format.
    4. Verify that your email address is correct.
    5. And then click Save.
  3. If you provide your email address, you’ll be automatically eligible to win another $500 prize. (Desjardins will only send you occasional emails about your plan – and they will not share your address.)

Read more about the Desjardins contest and get the Contest Rules and Regulations by going to your participant services website at www.dfs.ca/participant.

*Gift cards for retailers selected by Desjardins Insurance.

Now available: Disability Leaves Roadmap for Ontario Midwives

June 21, 2017 | Filed under Public.

Now available: Disability Leaves Roadmap for Ontario Midwives

Now available: a new resource intended to provide an overview of the disability leaves process and an outline of the steps required before, during, and after a disability leave. This quick reference guide was developed in collaboration with the AOM and the Disability Justice Resolution Working Group as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen the resources and supports available for midwives with disabilities. We encourage all midwives to review the Disability Leaves Roadmap; being familiar with the disability process now could help you and other midwives in your practice in the future. The roadmap is designed to print on legal-sized paper. Click here to download.

New video: The Basics of Investing

June 1, 2017 | Filed under Public.

New video: The Basics of Investing

Do you know the difference between bonds and GICs? What does tax-deferred mean? What are mutual funds, money market funds and stocks?

Janet Gray, a certified financial planner from Money Coaches Canada, helps those with minimal investment knowledge understand the key principles of investing including the types of investments, terminology and concepts, and how to determine which options are right for you.

Watch the video or download the presentation.

Looking for more financial education? Check out Learning for Life for videos, resources, and more:

Managing Your Cash Flow - new video!

March 28, 2017 | Filed under Public.

Managing Your Cash Flow - new video!

Your money may be flowing, but is it heading in the right direction? Do you have a system to manage your spending? And your savings? Do you have a Debt Free date? It’s easy when you have the tools and resources to help you move ahead with goals and strategies around your money. Presented by Janet Gray of Money Coaches Canada.

Click here to view the video and download the presentation.

AOMBT’s Disability Program: 2017 Spring Regional Meetings (presentation)

March 21, 2017 | Filed under Public.

AOMBT’s Disability Program: 2017 Spring Regional Meetings (presentation)

At the recent Regional Meetings, the AOMBT presented on disability benefits, including an open discussion about the ways in which we can improve the support we provide to midwives with disabilities. Click here to view the presentation.

Following the passing of the disability justice resolution at the AOM's Annual General Meeting in 2016, the AOM and AOMBT have been working together with midwives to strengthen the resources and support available for both midwives with disabilities and practices in supporting their colleagues. In April, we'll be co-presenting a 2-part webinar series to further the work in this area. On April 13th, join the AOMBT for our presentation, focusing on the disability program and resources available for supporting all plan members. On April 19th, the AOM will present on the experiences of midwives with disabilities and practices' legal obligations. Click here for more information and registration links.

Midwives: Lump Sum Group RSP contributions

January 24, 2017 | Filed under Public.

The deadline for making Group RSP contributions that can be included in your 2016 tax return is March 1st, 2017. Cheques must be received by Desjardins and bank transactions must be processed before the deadline. Contributions received after the deadline will still go to your GRSP, but cannot be claimed as part of your 2016 tax return. To make an online contribution from your bank account, login at dfs.ca/participant and click on Your transactions and Contribute to your plan. Cheques can be mailed directly to Desjardins (Desjardins Group Retirement Savings, P.O. Box 1355, Montréal, Quebec, H5B 1C4); please indicate your group number (G004901) and your participant number (located on your GRSP statement or your enrollment certificate) in the memo section of the cheque.
 
 A reminder that it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not exceed your contribution limit to avoid facing financial penalty. Your personal RSP contribution limit can be found on your most recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency. If you are in a situation of over-contribution to your GRSP, please contact us to discuss your options. Read more about your Group RSP and your responsibilities as a member.

Announcing the launch of our Plan Member Portal!

January 23, 2017 | Filed under Public.

AOMBT Plan Member Portal

The AOM Benefits Trust is pleased to announce the launch of our Plan Member Portal, a secure website where you can view your benefits coverage, monthly premiums, self-funded leave account balance and benefits arrears.

Click here to access the Portal. The first time you visit, you'll need to create a new account. Use your 4 digit AOM number as your certificate number, and enter MIDW for client number. Watch the video below to guide you through the process, download a PDF version of the guide, or review the guide online.