Although the best protection is to limit travel, SSQ Insurance will continue to support members who must travel despite the current advisories.
Please find the following update regarding the various insurance coverages for our policyholders who are currently travelling:
- Costs for mandatory COVID-19 screening tests, performed at the request of a government authority before returning to Canada, are not covered by travel insurance.
- Additional costs incurred while waiting for COVID-19 test results, performed at the request of a government authority, are not covered (for example, costs for a new place ticket, change fees for an existing ticket, accommodation or living expenses, etc.)
- If the result of a mandatory COVID-19 screening test is positive, additioinal costs incurred may be eligible for reimbursement.
For additional information, please refer to your booklet the SSQ Insurance FAQ.
The AOM Benefits Trust will be closed for the upcoming holidays. Our last day will be Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and we will re-open Monday, January 4, 2021. You will still be able to submit claims online by contacting SSQ Insurance during this time, or for inquiries about your Investments, please contact Desjardins.
From all of us here at the Trust, and for those celebrating various observances, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
The purpose of the Group RRSP is to help you save for your retirement, so think carefully before making a withdrawal. However, if you do decide to make a withdrawal, for the income to count towards the 2020 fiscal year, you need to take certain deadlines into account, depending on how you make your withdrawal request:
In January 2020, SSQ Insurance and La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, two companies of similar size with complementary operations, announced their intention to join forces. The merger was approved in June of 2020, and on December 3, 2020, they announced the name of their new venture: Beneva.
With the end of the calendar year coming soon, we’ll be working to prepare your annual Member Information Report (MIR). It’s a good time to log into your Plan Member Portal, where you can review your benefits coverage, monthly premiums, Leave Savings Account balance, and benefits arrears. Need to update your contact or other information? Fill out an Enrolment/Change form, and we’ll take care of it!
Join your MFAP HumanaCare on December 14 at 12 noon for a webinar on Mental Health Awareness.
Presenter Cynthia Schoppmann will go over general concepts of mental health; discuss briefly the main mental health disorders that we see in Canada; explore what to do when a colleague is struggling with their mental health.
Cynthia is a bilingual counsellor and psychotherapist working in the Ottawa area. Cynthia holds a Master's in Counselling and Spirituality from St-Paul's University and holds the designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). For the past few years, Cynthia has worked in many different settings that have allowed her to gain valuable experience in areas such as trauma, eating disorders, domestic violence, crisis intervention, adolescent issues, anxiety and depression among many others.
Over the weekend, the Trust was advised that La Capitale, SSQ Insurance’s new partner, experienced a cyber attack. All of La Capitale’s systems were immediately shut down, including SSQ Insurance systems, as an additional precautionary measure.
In follow-up with our contacts at SSQ Insurance, we have been reassured that no AOMBT plan member data has been compromised.
You may have experienced difficulties in submitting claims over the weekend due to these precautionary measures. If this is the case, please resubmit any claims that you believe were not successfully processed. All member claims submitted by provincial pharmacies were not impacted.
Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have further questions in this regard.
In January 2021, Desjardins will be sending out the year-end financial statements. To make sure that you receive them, it's important that your home and email addresses are up to date in their systems.
Log in to dfs.ca/GroupPlanMember (note that the login url is changing!) and click My profile to verify that your home address is up to date, and confirm your email addresses if you receive electronic statements.
Your Trustees regularly review and revise the policies that govern the Trust, to ensure that all aspects of the benefits program remain competitive, and that it is administered competently and cost-effectively. Recently, the Plan Member Policy and Member Leaves Policy were updated. Keep up to date by viewing these and other policies online.
We've added a new option to our Investment lineup!
What is a Non-Registered Plan (NRP)?
An NRP helps you save beyond the limits of your registered plans while benefiting from similar carefully selected investment options and lower fees offered under your group plan. You can use these savings for any purpose, including supplementing your retirement savings.