Congratulations to returning Trustee Kim Alderdice (Midland Midwives), and our new Trustee: Adriana Fontaine (Kitchener-Waterloo Midwifery Associates). We are looking forward to the knowledge, experience, and perspectives both will bring to the Trust in the coming years.
As we navigate these challenging times, the health and wellbeing of AOMBT staff and AOMBT plan members continues to be at the heart of our efforts.
We commit to keeping you informed on the actions we are taking that best support all of us as well as provide you with timely, relevant updates related to your benefits plan and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commencing this week, we are providing members with new COVID-19 updates related to your benefits plan. Not receiving emails? Make sure you're subscribed to either the midwife or staff plan mailing list.
Presented by Susan Morrison, a CPA who knows all about the unique way in which midwives are compensated, Tax Time for Midwives will help midwives prepare for tax season. What documents do you need to have before you start? How is self-employed income taxed? Are there any deductions and credits for which you are eligible?
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Many of us have become increasingly aware of the COVID-19 situation worldwide. With the upcoming March break and other personal or business-related travel you may have planned, the AOMBT wants to ensure you have the latest information regarding COVID-19 and your travel insurance through SSQ Insurance.
As an AOMBT plan member, your group benefits plan includes trip cancellation insurance with specific eligibility provisions. Visit the SSQ Insurance website for more information specific to travel insurance and COVID-19. You can also call SSQ Insurance Travel Assistance directly at 1-800-465-2928. You will want to have on hand your AOMBT policy # 11VP0 and your certificate # which can be found on your SSQ drug card.
To understand what risk level has been applied to a specific country or destination, please refer to the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices webpage.
Practice partners, please share this information with your Practice Administrative staff.
Should you have additional questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the AOM Benefits Trust by emailing: email@example.com or by calling: 1-866-418-3773 or 416-425-9974.
The AOM Benefits Trust is pleased to announce that we received 4 nominations for the 2 available Trustee positions. Therefore, we are holding an election.
The nominees include Kim Alderdice, Adriana Fontaine, Michelle Kryzanauskas, and Annette Rudel.
All midwife plan members (in Good Standing) have received an email with a link and unique voter ID and password to access the secure on-line election platform through Simply Voting. Voting closes on Friday, March 27 at 5pm ET, at which time the results are decided by majority.
Read more about what Trustees do on our Governance page. A brief bio of each nominee appears on the Simply Voting election page.
If you have any questions about the election process, or have not yet received the email with your unique ID and password, please contact us!
Your 2019 Member Information Report (MIR) is ready to view and download!
The Member Information Report (MIR) is an annual financial statement compiled by the AOM Benefits Trust providing midwife plan members timely, accurate information about their benefits funding and other programs which you participate in.
In previous years, the MIR has been mailed to you and available in print format. This year, the AOM Benefits Trust will be piloting a fully automated and online MIR. By automating the MIR, it allows you to access the information earlier than in previous years and represents a cost savings for the Trust.
The application to download the MIR is compatible with all desktop/laptop browsers and most mobile devices however, formatting may not be 100%. We will continue to roll out enhancements as we further utilize this application in coming years.
Over the Family Day long weekend, midwivesbenefits.ca will be undergoing maintenance. You may notice some slowness using the website, or sending and receiving emails during this period. Please don't hesitate to call us at 1-866-418-3773 if you are having any difficulties. The Portal, SSQ Insurance, and Desjardins websites will not be affected.
The deadline has been extended for applications to be part of the Member Services Committee!
Trustees and staff are committed to the inclusion, perspectives and representation of all people. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. For 2020 and beyond, we will ensure this diversity of varying needs and voices is more present in our work so that decisions better serve our members. As such, we are currently recruiting up to 3 non-Trustee midwives for one of our standing committees, the Member Services Committee.
The objectives of the Member Services Committee include supporting the physical, mental and financial health of our members in a cost-effective way, to ensure the services we deliver equitably impacts all midwives; and to deliver effective, transparent and timely communication between the Trust and members.
The Member Services Committee meets approximately once every month (no more than 10 meetings per year) for 1.5 hours by teleconference. In between meetings, Committee members are invited to share feedback, questions and comments on documents and other materials.
Interested in getting involved? Fill out the Statement of Interest, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2020.
Starting this year, the annual Member Information Report (MIR) produced by the Trust will be fully automated and online.
Hosted on a secure web app, the MIR link will be emailed to members (make sure your email address is correct by logging in to the AOMBT Portal) in late February or early March, and posted on midwivesbenefits.ca. Automating the MIR not only allows the Trust to get the MIR out to members more quickly, it also represents a significant cost savings.
The Member Information Report is an important financial planning tool for midwives. It reflects your total benefits funding and shows how these funds were allocated to the various components of the benefits plan. If you want a hardcopy for your files, you’ll be able to download and print the MIR. If applicable, you will also be able to view and download tax receipts for your supplementary fees, and health and dental premiums.
Your practice will provide you with your total BCC income, and your GRSP receipts come directly from Desjardins. If you are missing any GRSP receipts, you can download these by logging in to dfs.ca/participant (click on "Your account"). Leave Savings receipts (T3s) will be mailed out separately by the end of March, and T4As will be sent out separately by the end of February.
If you are unable to view or print your MIR from the Trust, please contact us at 866-418-3773 or email@example.com for a hardcopy version.