Group Insurance Plan
EXCLUSIVE TO CHAMBER MEMBERS: THE BEST GROUP BENEFITS SOLUTION FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE BUSINESSES
How the Chambers Plan Works
The Chambers Plan is the largest pooled employee benefits plan in Canada with over 30,000 participating businesses. This means that premiums and rates are not as susceptible to changes based on your employees’ claims. Rates are based on the average of claims from thousands of similar firms, keeping premiums manageable and predictable, providing stability year after year.
The Chambers Plan is a not-for-profit program — all surpluses stay in the Plan and help lower premiums.
The outcome for you, the business owner, is greater stability for your group plan rates.
Benefits of the Chambers Plan
- Guaranteed coverage as long as you pay your premiums
- Stable, predictable rates (no big increases year over year!)
- Flexible plans that suit your needs and your budget
- Fast turnaround on claims
- Online portal for plan administration and access to forms
Every plan includes Business Assistance Service, at no additional cost, giving owners access to professional accounting, counselling, legal and human resource experts who understand the challenges business owners face.
Health & Dental
- Prescription costs
- Paramedical services
- Semi-private hospital stay
- Nursing care
- Medical appliances
- Emergency medical assistance
- Voyage Assistance program for out of province/out of country travel
- *Optional: Vision care
Plans provide between 50% and 100% coverage of eligible expenses.
- Basic restorative procedures
- Periodontal services
- Endodontic services
In some cases, major dental benefits and children’s orthodontics are also covered.
Disability & Critical Illness
Short and Long Term Disability
Short and long term disability coverage compensates an employee during a brief or longer term absence from work due to illness or injury.
Group Critical Illness
Group critical illness pays a lump sum benefit of up to $50,000 in the event of severe illness or injury.
Health Spending Accounts
The Chambers Plan Health Spending Account (HSA) adds flexibility for your employees by letting them reduce out-of-pocket costs for expenses not covered under the group plan or top up existing benefits coverage.
The Chambers Plan HSA is designed to supplement, not replace, existing Health and Dental coverage. It is there to complement insured group coverage and is not a standalone offering.
An HSA can cover, but is not limited to, the following expenses:
- Dental services such as orthodontic treatment
- Prescription drugs out-of-pocket expenses
- Vision care such as laser vision correction
- Medical facilities and devices
- Additional coverage for services such as chiropractic and massage
For more information on eligibility or eligible expenses, visit Revenue Canada’s website.
Depending on your needs and existing coverage, you can choose a maximum yearly amount for each employee between $100 and $5,000. You can also select between three different plan designs: No Carry Over (employees must use their HSA funds within the calendar year), Funds Carry Over (employees can add unclaimed funds from year one to their balance for year two), and Claims Carry Over (employees can carry unclaimed claims into the following calendar year).
Basic Employee Life / Accidental Death and Dismemberment
This option provides employee life insurance plus an additional benefit in case of serious injury or accidental death. You can choose a basic level of coverage (e.g. $25,000) or a salary-related amount.
Dependents Life Insurance
Three levels of coverage are available to cover your employees’ spouses and children.
Group Optional Life
Group optional life allows employees to top up their group life insurance with an amount they choose and pay for. Spousal coverage and children’s benefits are also available.
Best Doctors® gives your employee, or their family member who is seriously ill, inter-consultation services such as reviewing the patient’s file, confirming the diagnosis, and identifying the most appropriate treatment.
Employee assistance provides professional counseling services to help your employees deal with issues like relationship problems and dependency before the lead to absences from work or a disability claim.
If you have long term disability insurance, you can also choose business overhead expense benefits.
Business overhead pays for many business expenses while you are disabled, including:
- Phone bills
- Some salaries
Registered Retirement Savings (RRSP)
A group RRSP allows employees to invest in a variety of mutual funds, as well as term deposits. Employees will have online access to their assets and accounts. Contributions are deducted from payroll at source, reducing taxable income.
Offer the Best Employee Benefits to Your Staff!
With the right set of group benefits, you will attract top talent and retain your best employees.