Employee Group Benefit Plans

We Are Benefit Plan Brokers

We provide a full range of products from traditional employee benefit insurance options to self-insured options and our office has exclusive access to select employee benefit programs.

There is a concentrated focus to ensure benefit plans are sustainable based on the many cost drivers within a benefit program.  An annual review considering the various options can also involve Health Spending Accounts and Cost-Plus programs or tailoring a plan specific to your requirements. For owners or key executives, it can include “priority” arrangements for MRI’s, CT scans, access to other medical specialists or identity theft production products.  Planning, which can also involve Voluntary RRSP or TFSA programs, can be beneficial in your ability to retain and attract the right employees for your business.

Our services include, but are not limited to, a full market survey and advise around current and future planning ensuring an affordable and sustainable benefit program. We can go over a variety of options available to you as I am a broker with all major insurance companies like Manulife and SunLife Financial and the exclusive broker for your Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.

Does your organization have over 50+ employees?  Skip to the Maximum Benefits section below.

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The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan® was created to meet the needs of small businesses who historically found it difficult to provide group benefits for their employees. Even today, after 35 years, there are still few alternatives for the small business owner and worker. The Chambers Plan is the largest plan of its kind in Canada covering over 25,000 small businesses from coast to coast.

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Business Health

Resources to help leaders confidently navigate financial, legal, and HR challenges.

Employee Wellbeing

Tools that empower employees to manage their family’s health on their terms.

Employee Benefits

The most comprehensive package available to small and mid-size groups, proudly administered by Johnston Group.

Workforce Integration

A total workforce management system, available exclusively to Max and Payworks customers.

Solving the top concerns of owners

Here are some of the top concerns facing small and mid-sized businesses. If you’re facing any of these challenges, you may be a good fit for this employee benefit plan.

  • Hiring/firing
  • Innovation
  • Growth
  • Training/development
  • Compensation
  • Diversity
  • Office facilities
  • Culture
  • Tax law
  • Financial strategy
  • Budgeting
  • Cashflow
  • ROI
  • Regulation/compliance
  • Millennials
  • Leaves

Click on the benefits that interest you for a brief description of coverage features. Remember, each type of coverage is available with various levels of benefits.

Our plans provide from 50% to 100% coverage of eligible expenses. There are no overall maximums, but some specific items or services have annual or lifetime maximums.

Employees use health benefits most frequently to cover prescription costs. We offer traditional paper claim plans as well as ASSURE drug card plans, which provide benefits instantly at the pharmacy. Our health plans also cover major medical expenses like paramedical services (chiropractors, massage therapist, podiatrists, etc.), semi-private hospital, nursing care, ambulance, and medical appliances. These extended health care expenses can be covered with or without prescription drug benefits.

All health options include emergency medical assistance and a Voyage Assistance program with a 24-hour global help line. The plan design you choose applies to all employees but individuals may opt out of health insurance if they have a similar plan through another source. If that coverage ends, your employee has 60 days to join this plan.

Choose from a wide range of dental options for employees and their families. Basic dental programs are available to firms of all sizes. This coverage can include exams, basic restorative procedures, periodontal and endodontic services (including root canals), and repairing, rebasing and relining dentures.

Major dental benefits including crowns, is available to firms of 3 or more employees and children’s orthodontics can be covered in firms of 10 or more employees. The plan design you choose applies to all employees but individuals may opt out of dental if they have a similar plan through another source. If that coverage ends, your employee has 60 days to join this plan.

Each Chambers Plan includes employee life insurance plus an additional benefit if an employee dies accidentally. Many firms choose a basic level of coverage of $25,000 per employee, or an amount related to each individual’s salary. This insurance also pays employees specific amounts if they suffer a serious injury, like loss of hearing or sight.

Optional employee life insurance allows employees to top up their group life insurance with a higher amount of optional life insurance. Spouse and dependents can also be added to the plan. The insurance can be portable should an employee leave a firm, and based on the size of the firm, the Chamber can offer high levels of non-medical life insurance coverage.

This benefit replaces salary during an employee’s brief absence from work due to illness or injury. It pays a weekly income of 66 2/3% of gross earnings for employees under age 65 up to $800. Your company chooses from a range of options, deciding how long employees must be off work before they can collect benefits, and the length of time benefits are payable. Some options are designed specifically for Owners. Your advisor can help you design a program that fits your company’s needs and budget.

This benefit pays an income to employees who face longer term absences from work because of an illness or injury. The LTD option you choose sets out how long employees must be off work before they can collect benefits and the length of time benefits are payable to disabled employees.

Depending on your industry, you can opt to have benefits payable for 2 or 5 years, or to age 65. Chambers Plan LTD coverage provides 24 hour protection and access to Employee Assistance services that can help your employees get back to work sooner. Your advisor can help you design a program that fits your company’s needs and budget.

This benefit pays a lump sum benefit of $30,000 on the initial occurrence of one of thirteen covered conditions. These include cancer, heart attack, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, burns, coma, loss of speech, coronary by-pass, stroke, kidney failure, paralysis, deafness and blindness.

Best Doctors® provides valuable resources to people facing a range of serious medical conditions. Starting with its Interconsultation Service, Best Doctors supports the employee or family member and their attending physician by reviewing the patient’s file, confirming the diagnosis, and identifying the most appropriate treatment. Patients can also use FindBestDoc® and FindBestCare® services to help them plan and implement their treatment programs.

You can make professional counselling services available to all your employees. It’s an effective way to help them deal with serious issues, including relationship problems and dependency issues, before they lead to absences from work or even a disability claim. Coverage provides up to 12 hours of confidential counselling for each employee annually and employees can access the service 24/7.

Owners who choose a Long Term Disability Benefit with the Chambers Plan can also choose Business Overhead Expense benefits that pay a variety of business expenses including rent, electricity, phone bills, leases, taxes and some salaries. Business Overhead Expense coverage keeps your business going when your disability won’t let you.

Three levels of coverage are available covering an employee’s spouse and children. The Plan offers an option with a $5,000 benefit for the spouse combined with $2,500 for each child, a $10,000 / $5,000 benefit and a $15,000 / $7,500 benefit.

  • Cover Items outside your current group insurance plan
  • Save tax dollars for you and your company
  • Take advantage of non-taxable employee benefits
  • Deduct Cost-Plus charges just like group insurance premiums

For many people, leaving their job means leaving their group benefit coverage behind. While provincial plans cover some health care expenses, many day-to-day and emergency expenses will now be your responsibility. ContinYou allows you to easily transition from your previous group plan to individual health.

ContinYou provides guaranteed health and dental benefits to plan members previously covered under a group health and dental plan provided under the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan or Maximum Benefit programs, administered by Johnston Group.

Maximum Benefits
(Large Group Plans Over 50 Employees)

Is your mid-size company ready to take greater control of its benefit plan program? Do you want a greater say in the kinds of coverage you offer and a better handle on year-over-year costs? See how Maximum Benefit’s innovative program of partially self-funded plans can really put you in the driver’s seat.

  • Plan flexibility
  • Lower administration costs
  • Self-funded benefit options
  • Control over your benefit program
  • One of Canada’s Leading Group Insurance Administrators

Johnston Group provides benefit services to more than 27,000 small to mid-size businesses and their employees. With over $275 million in premiums under its administration, and over a quarter of a century of experience, Johnston Group’s strength lies in its administrative capabilities. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a staff of approximately 140.

Johnston Group is proud to have been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for the past eight years. The country’s leading business awards program, sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC Commercial Banking, National Post, and Queen’s School of Business, recognizes excellence in privately-owned and managed Canadian companies.

Johnston Group is a ‘third party administrator’, a company that specializes in group benefit programs. The concept behind a Third Party Administrator (TPA) is that an insurance company cannot be all things to all people. As a TPA, we perform many of the tasks typically carried out by the insurer. These include:

  • Plan design and administration
  • Billings and customer service
  • Insured and Self-funded program options
  • Access to pay-direct prescription drug cards
  • On-line administration utilities

Employers choosing benefit solutions with Johnston Group also enjoy the benefits of using a third party administrator:

  • One enrollment and one billing of all insured benefits
  • The ability to change insurance carriers without re-enrollment
  • Access to ancillary products and services, such as Best Doctors® services, Customized employee booklets
  • Fast, efficient health, dental and short term disability claim adjudication and payment
  • Control over your employee benefit program

Our programs are cost effective, comprehensive and flexible and put companies back in charge of their employee benefit plans.


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