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.
Please note: Our website (midwivesbenefits.ca) will be unavailable on December 25, 2016 and we are implementing some changes to the site. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The AOMBT wishes a happy and healthy holiday season to all of our plan members, and best wishes for 2017.
Join the AOM Benefits Trust and Desjardins Financial at one of 3 Retirement Planning Education Sessions this November.
Having a plan for your retirement is less work than you think. Taking the time to think about your expenses, sources of income, and investment strategy, will help you feel more confident about your financial future.
Join us to learn more about:
- How to accurately estimate your expenses in retirement
- Government sources of income: how much can you expect to receive? When should you apply?
- Your Group Retirement Savings Plan investment options
- What are your options for your GRSP after you retire, and how do you determine which is right for you?
Following the final session, you’ll also have the opportunity to sign-up for a one-on-one telephone consultation with a retirement planning advisor from Desjardins Financial.
Click here for webinar dates and registration links. Please note: you will need to login to your midwives account to access this information.
Nearly a third of all AOMBT plan members responded to our 2016 survey, providing us with a wealth of information about demographics, benefits usage and priorities, and future wellness needs. Thank you to everyone who responded! Supporting our plan members by providing a comprehensive benefits plan is at the core of what we do at the Trust. The results of our survey reaffirm the importance of ensuring that the benefits program balances the needs of plan members at all life stages, and demonstrates the importance of income protection benefits such as disability and life insurance.
For highlights from the survey, click here (please note: these highlights reflect the results from our midwife plan members and are available only for midwives. If you are interested in the results from our other plan member groups, please contact us).
The earlier you start planning for your financial future, the better! What do you need to know now in order to get the most from your investments and other savings as you look ahead to your financial future? Presented by Janet Gray, a Certified Financial Planner from Money Coaches Canada, this session is intended for midwives who are more than a decade away from retirement, and covers income planning, tax considerations, insurance, and cash flow.
Our email addresses have changed! Our emails will now be the same as our website URL, which we hope will make them easier to remember. The new format is FirstInitialLastName@midwivesbenefits.ca (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). Our new general mailbox is email@example.com. Please update your address book!
Prior to the benefits administration migration, all of our forms were the standard-issue versions provided by our third party benefits administrator. Because these forms were used by of their clients, most of whom are employers providing group benefits to their staff, there were some parts of the form that didn't quite fit for our midwife plan members. We've now completed the process of creating forms that meet the needs of our plan members, with versions for each plan member group. You can download the forms as PDFs and fill them out on your computer before signing them - you can even save the form if you can't fill everything out at once. To download the forms, right-click on the link and click "save as". You can access the general forms (Change forms, etc) on our home page, or grab the plan-member specific forms in the benefits page for your plan member group:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about any of our forms, please let us know!
The AOM Benefits Trust Parental Leave Program supports the sustainability of the midwifery profession by reducing the financial hardship of those taking a leave from practice after the birth or adoption of their children.
Ensuring that the program is administered fairly and equitably requires regular review, analysis, and evaluation. This work is spearheaded by our Parental Leave Working Group (PLWG), comprised of Trustees, midwife plan members and AOMBT staff. The proposed revisions to the program were informed by an evaluation of the program conducted in 2014 as well as subsequent review of the Parental Leave program policy led by the PLWG. The upcoming changes are intended to recognize the complex ways in which midwives bill and work, increase the flexibility of the program, provide greater support for new registrants and those who have taken a parental or disability leave, and ensure that midwives are covered by the benefits program as soon as they return to active practice.
For more information about the changes, which will go into effect for leaves commencing October 1st, 2016 or later, click here.
In this webinar Shahid Hannan, Education Advisor at Desjardins, covers how to determine the right portfolio for you, what your retirement will look like, and the tools available through the Desjardins website to track, project, and plan for your financial future.
Presented by Alison Griffiths, award-winning journalist and personal finance guru, Count on Yourself is aimed at demystifying many aspects of personal finance and investing. The focus is on how to get organized, simplify your money and make good financial decisions.
To download the presentation or watch the video, click here.
As part of our recent Strategic Planning sessions, the AOMBT created a video to celebrate our achievements so far.