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CLHIA Submission to the Government of Canada on Possible Accession to the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

Published on 03/05/2021

Insurance International > Federal Legislation International Trade

Submission to NB Health Council

Published on 30/04/2021

Health Care Policy > Business continuation / pandemic planning Long-term Care

Consultation on The Professional Supervision of Osteopaths

Published on 30/04/2021

Group Insurance > Regulated professions

Submission to the Government of Saskatchewan on the Consultation on Financial Hardship Unlocking from a Locked-in Retirement Account

Published on 30/04/2021

Pensions and Retirement > Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF)

Newfoundland and Labrador 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Published on 30/04/2021

Health Care Policy Capital and Assets Pensions and Retirement > Generic drug pricing Long-term investments Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

Submission to the Government of Canada on future trade with the United Kingdom

Published on 28/04/2021

International > International Trade

The OECD Roadmap for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Plans

Published on 14/04/2021

Pensions and Retirement > Employer pension plans

Submission to the Government of Canada on its Consultation on a National Strategy for High-Cost Drugs for Rare Diseases

Published on 29/03/2021

Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing

On March 29, the CLHIA submitted its views to the Government of Canada on its consultation on a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases. The submission provides comments on how to address key issues in the government’s discussion paper, including improving patient access, evidence-based decision making and sustainability for an effective rare disease strategy. It also presents risk and cost sharing approaches that include private payers. These approaches will minimize impacts to patients and ensure the sustainability of the program over time.  

CLHIA welcomes favourable ruling from Saskatchewan Court of Appeal for life insurers

Published on 10/03/2021

Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

On March 10, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled on litigation initiated by Atwater Investment LP, Ituna Investments LP and Mosten Investment LP that targeted several life insurance companies. These investment companies had sought to deposit unlimited amounts into universal life insurance policies they had acquired. The Court of Appeal held that a 2018 Saskatchewan government regulation which said life insurers are not permitted to accept deposits unrelated to insurance coverage prevents them from accepting amounts beyond that which may be required for insurance purposes. The CLHIA welcomed the decision as supporting a regulatory framework that protects consumer interests. 

STATEMENT
Know the facts: Getting the vaccine will not affect your insurance coverage

Published on 08/03/2021

Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

Consultation on Optometrists Profession Regulation

Published on 01/03/2021

Group Insurance Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

On March 1, the CLHIA responded to an Alberta Health Services (AHS) consultation on a proposal from the Alberta College of Optometrists to expand the scope of practice to include some procedures currently allowed within the ophthalmology scope only. The CLHIA emphasized that allowing optometrists to deliver certain surgical, laser and other procedures that can be delivered in the office of the optometrist would result in these services being defunded from the AHS, as optometrists’ are not covered by the public plan. The CLHIA advised the AHS that private plans would be unlikely to cover these types of services under the vision care benefit, as this is typically reserved for lenses and frames. Therefore, these services would need to be paid by Albertans themselves. 

Submission to the Canadian Transportation Agency in response to the Public Consultation on the Development of New Airline Refund Requirements

Published on 01/03/2021

Insurance > Federal Legislation

On March 1, the CLHIA responded to a Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) consultation on proposed changes to the Air Passenger Protection Regulations as a result of the experience with trip cancellations and interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the proposed changes will not be retroactive, the CLHIA pointed out the dissatisfaction many Canadians have expressed with having received a voucher. Any government funding paid to the airlines should come with a stipulation that airlines must reimburse consumers so-affected. In Canada, the CTA has allowed airlines to issue vouchers for credit instead of full refunds.  In other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Europe and the US, tighter regulations have required refunds and stipulate the turnaround time, as well as other requirements. 

CLHIA opens Western Canada government affairs office

Published on 23/02/2021

CLHIA Governance > Staff

CLHIA Budget 2021 Submission to the Department of Finance

Published on 22/02/2021

Capital and Assets Health Care Policy Pensions and Retirement Prescription Drug Costs Trade & Commerce > Long-term investments Retirement Income System Reviews Drug pricing Pharmacare Privacy

On February 21, the CLHIA made its submission to the federal government in advance of budget 2021, including seven recommendations. In addition to long-standing recommendations such as supporting workplace and individual drug plans and eliminating the capital tax on Canadian financial institutions, this year the CLHIA also recommended the establishment of a 20-year federal debt instrument in order to aid in economic recovery.  The submission also urges the government move ahead expeditiously with Bill C-11 to ensure a modernized and coherent regulatory framework across Canada.

Submission to the Canadian Government on a Possible Economic Partnership Agreement with Indonesia

Published on 22/02/2021

International > International Trade

On February 22, the CLHIA provided its views to the government of Canada on a possible comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Indonesia. Given the international operations of the industry and its presence in Indonesia, the industry is supportive of entering into such an agreement with the country. The submission highlighted key issues that need to be considered as part of the economic partnership agreement, including further opening the Indonesia market to foreign investment and the free flow of data across borders. The full submission can be found here.

Manitoba 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Published on 18/02/2021

Government Relations > Government Monitoring

On February 18, the CLHIA made its submission to the Manitoba 2021 pre-budget consultation. The document makes five recommendations including those geared towards protecting workplace and individual health benefits and removing tax disincentives on insurance. 

Ontario 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Published on 11/02/2021

Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

On February 11, the CLHIA submitted its recommendations to the government of Ontario in advance of its 2021 budget. The submission made seven recommendations including supporting access to affordable prescription drugs, protecting vulnerable Ontario seniors from financial exploitation and reducing and eventually eliminating the retail sales and premium taxes on life and health insurance.

New Brunswick 2021-22 Pre-Budget Consultation

Published on 11/02/2021

Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

On February 11, the CLHIA made its submission to the government of New Brunswick in advance of its 2021 budget. The submission made seven recommendations including supporting access to affordable prescription drugs, modernizing the agent licensing regime and prohibiting self-insured employer long-term disability benefits. 

Letter to Ontario MPPs Re: Bill 219, Life Settlements and Loans Act

Published on 25/01/2021

Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

Prince Edward Island 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Published on 22/01/2021

Government Relations Insurance > Government Monitoring Provincial & Territorial Legislation

On January 22, the CLHIA submitted its comments to the Prince Edward Island government in advance of its 2021 budget. The submission made five recommendations including supporting access to affordable prescription drugs, pension innovation to provide more secure retirement income options and removing tax disincentives on insurance. 

GFIA highlights insurance industry cyber-awareness initiatives

Published on 21/01/2021

International > Network of Insurance Associations

CLHIA's submission to the Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy Consultation

Published on 18/01/2021

Sustainability and Climate Change > Government Monitoring

On January 18, the CLHIA submitted its comments to the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks in response to its consultation on the development of a low-carbon hydrogen strategy. The submission highlighted the industry’s support for the government creating new opportunities for investment in sustainable, long-term infrastructure assets. 

Submission to the Department of Finance on Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

Published on 18/01/2021

Pensions and Retirement > Employer pension plans Retirement Income System Reviews

On January 14th, the CLHIA made its submission to a Finance Canada consultation on “Strengthening Canadians’ Retirement Security – Proposals to Support the Sustainability of and Strengthen the Framework for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans.” The submission commended the department for initiating this consultation on the security and governance of Canada’s pension plans.  However, it also proposed some enhancements to the proposal to ensure that they are workable and provide necessary retirement income security so that Canadians may retire with confidence: 

  • Broadening the scope of VPLAs to enable viable risk solutions to be manufactured and managed effectively and competitively
  • Supporting the department’s temporary solvency funding relief to plan sponsors to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on businesses while balancing retirees’ interests 
  • Harmonization of governance policies and best practices across Canada help ease administration burden. 
  • CLHIA submission to Nova Scotia in response to the 2021-22 Pre-Budget Consultation

    Published on 18/12/2020

    Taxation Pensions and Retirement Prescription Drug Costs Group Insurance > Provincial and Territorial Taxation Policyholder Tax Annuities Employer pension plans Drug pricing Generic drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information Employee benefit plans

    On December 18, the CLHIA submitted its recommendations to the Government of Nova Scotia in advance of its 2021 budget. The submission focuses on supporting access to affordable prescription drugs, pension innovation, removing tax disincentives on insurance, enhancing infrastructure investment opportunities and impacts of climate change on the industry.

    CLHIA becomes supporter of United Nations initiative on sustainable insurance

    Published on 15/12/2020

    International > International Monitoring

    Prince Edward Island becomes fifth province to update insurance act

    Published on 11/12/2020

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Advancing the sustainable agenda: Perspectives on insurers’ capacity as sustainable investors

    Published on 09/12/2020

    International > Network of Insurance Associations

    The global insurance industry is committed to contributing to collective efforts to make the global economy more sustainable. Aside from their efforts to enhance adaptation and the mitigation of climate risks, insurers also contribute through their role as investors in sustainable assets. In December, the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) published a paper, Advancing the sustainable agenda: Perspectives on insurers’ capacity as sustainable investors. The CLHIA participated in the GFIA Climate Change Working Group responsible for drafting the paper.

    CLHIA submission to Alberta re: 2021 pre-budget consultations

    Published on 01/12/2020

    Government Relations > Government Monitoring

    On December 1, the CLHIA submitted its recommendations to the Government of Alberta in advance of its 2021 budget. The submission focuses on supporting access to affordable prescription drugs, pension innovation, removing tax disincentives on insurance and enhancing infrastructure investment opportunities.

    Advisory: Understanding your medical insurance options for travel outside Canada

    Published on 25/11/2020

    Group Insurance > Travel insurance

    Statement: CLHIA comments on the 2020 Ontario Budget

    Published on 05/11/2020

    Government Relations > Government Monitoring

    CLHIA welcomes final guidelines to keep prescription medications affordable

    Published on 23/10/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Catastrophic drug coverage Drug pricing Generic drug pricing

    2020 Ontario Fall Budget Submission

    Published on 16/10/2020

    Distribution Prescription Drug Costs > Advisor regulatory requirements Market conduct Sales practices Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information Pharmacare

    On October 16, the CLHIA submitted its recommendations to Ontario’s Minister of Finance in advance of the Ontario’s 2020 budget. The submission focused on protecting group health benefits plans, increasing access to prescription medications, pension innovation, reducing premium taxes and financial titling. The submission generated interest from several media outlets including Benefits Canada.

    Submission to the Competition Bureau of Canada regarding Digital Transformation of the Health Care Sector

    Published on 09/10/2020

    Health Care Policy > Business continuation / pandemic planning

    The Competition Bureau of Canada consulted with stakeholders and Canadians regarding the barriers encountered when seeking health care virtually. Initially when the pandemic and states of emergency were declared back in March 2020, most non-emergency health care stopped. Soon after health care providers moved to offering virtual care wherever possible and insurers worked to understand what care could be provided effectively through virtual means. Among the areas impacted were health claims adjudication, including dental and prescription drugs; prior-authorizations and disability assessments where prescribers no longer provide “observed” criteria but rather “patient-reported” outcomes from a virtual consultation; and virtual rehabilitation programs for those on disability. The CLHIA’s submission makes a number of recommendations in the area of virtual care. First, regulatory colleges must move quickly to put regulations in place regarding virtual care scope of practice with consistency amongst jurisdictions being a prime goal. There needs to be documentation and reporting standards developed to ensure transparency regarding the services provided virtually. Other barriers to consider include privacy concerns, security of technology, linguistic challenges along with other more structural barriers.

    Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services regarding Private Sector Privacy Reform

    Published on 30/09/2020

    Trade & Commerce > Privacy

    On September 30, the CLHIA submitted its comments in response to the government’s discussion paper “Ontario’s Private Sector Privacy Reform: Improving private sector privacy for Ontarians in a digital age.” The CLHIA recommended that Ontario wait until the federal government introduces its updates to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) before implementing any private sector privacy reforms.

    CLHIA Submission on Bill 64: An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information

    Published on 25/09/2020

    Trade & Commerce > Privacy

    On September 25, the CLHIA submitted its views to the Government of Quebec regarding Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information. CLHIA’s submission outlines the industry’s concerns with how the provisions of the bill differ significantly from other existing privacy legislation in Canada as well as concerns with how the bill will impede on the free flow of data across borders. Further technical comments on the legislation are also provided.

    Statement: Prescription drug benefits have remained resilient during COVID-19

    Published on 16/09/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs Group Insurance > Provincial & territorial drug program information Employee benefit plans

    Life and health insurers made a record $103 billion in benefits payments in 2019

    Published on 15/09/2020

    Group Insurance Health Care Policy Prescription Drug Costs Taxation Capital and Assets > Coordination of benefits Dental insurance Employee benefit plans Travel insurance Generic drug pricing Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information Provincial and Territorial Taxation Policyholder Tax Long-term investments

    Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) releases new position paper on climate adaptation and mitigation

    Published on 03/09/2020

    International > International Monitoring Network of Insurance Associations

    On September 3, GFIA released a position paper outlining the role insurers around the world can play in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. The position paper was drafted in consultation with GFIA’s Climate Change Working Group, which the CLHIA participates in.

    Letter to Alberta Health re: "Proposals to Amend the Health Professions Act to Improve Regulatory Effectiveness and Efficiency"

    Published on 18/08/2020

    Group Insurance > Regulated professions

    On August 18, the CLHIA responded to a consultation on the proposed modernization of Alberta’s Health Professions Act, which governs 28 regulated professions within 25 regulatory colleges. The CLHIA commented on six of the proposals, largely supporting the recommendations, while offering suggestions about a central registry and the complaints and discipline process. The objectives of modernization include enhancing governance and discipline in the professions, increasing transparency to Albertans and enhancing provisions for engagement and collaboration, amongst others. Some of the ways that the government proposes to achieve their objectives include separating all associations from their corresponding college, establishing separate government or oversight bodies for registries of providers as well as for the complaint process, and reducing the numbers of colleges. This means combining regulatory colleges, such as a college for oral health professionals that would govern dental hygienists, denturists, dentists and dental assistants. Combining colleges is expected to make regulation easier and reduce duplication of resource requirements.

    Letter to BC PIPA regarding the review of the Personal Information Protection Act

    Published on 10/08/2020

    Trade & Commerce > Privacy

    On August 10, the CLHIA submitted a letter to the BC Legislature’s Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) which highlighted the life and health insurance industry’s views on several key issues with the current legislation. The letter covers disclosure of personal information without consent in the context of fraud, privacy breach notification, access rights involving medical information, access rights used for litigation purposes, and cross-border data flows. It also reinforced the importance of PIPA remaining substantially similar to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) and to maintain adequacy status in relation to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    2021 Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

    Published on 06/08/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Health Care Policy Prescription Drug Costs > Long-term investments Coordination of benefits Employee benefit plans Pharmacare

    On August 6, the CLHIA provided the life and health insurance industry’s recommendations for the 2021 Federal Budget to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. The CLHIA highlighted the need to implement changes to the Patented Medicine Regulations as planned on January 1, 2021, the industry’s wish to work with the government as it updates its privacy legislation to ensure a balanced approach between an individual’s right to control their personal information, and the need to maintain a vibrant and sustainable insurance market, among other recommendations.

    Submission to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board on the proposed draft guidelines

    Published on 05/08/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    PMPRB Consultation On August 5, the CLHIA responded to the June 20 Patented Medicines Pricing Review Board (PMPRB) consultation on its revised draft guidelines. The Guidelines will support the government’s implementation of the amended Patented Medicines Regulations planned for January 1, 2021. The CLHIA continued to provide the industry’s support for the planned reforms. We indicated that in our view, the proposed changes strike the right balance between reducing the high cost of prescription drugs in Canada, while also continuing to ensure Canadians have access to affordable and necessary medications. We also reinforced the importance of moving forward as planned on January 1, 2021 without further delays. CLHIA will continue to monitor for any updates. The final guidelines are expected to be available in the next few months in preparation for the January 1 implementation.

    Advisory: Planning out-of-country travel? Make talking with your insurer part of your plans

    Published on 07/07/2020

    Group Insurance > Travel insurance

    Given the federal government’s global "avoid all non-essential travel" advisory, individual insurance for non-essential travel purposes is not being sold. The closure of the US border remains in effect until at least September 21. Despite these measures, some international destinations such as the European Union have reduced or eliminated travel restrictions for Canadians. Canadian businesses involved in the travel industry, such as airlines, are putting tremendous pressure on the Canadian government to lift travel restrictions.

    Given this situation and the fact that travelling Canadians may not be aware of the questions that they should ask before making arrangements, the CLHIA and its members have put together a consumer advisory with questions and considerations for Canadians to think about or reach out to their insurer with. There is a communication plan for social media to distribute to other stakeholders such as CCIR, and to circulate to media. This advisory will remain evergreen as the situation with respect to travel continues to evolve.

    Submission to OSC re 52-112 Non-GAAP and other Financial Measures Disclosure

    Published on 29/06/2020

    Capital and Assets Financial Reporting > Securities Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

    On June 29, the CLHIA responded to a consultation issued by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) on the proposed National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosures that lays out guidance for reporting issuers to follow when disclosing non-GAAP and other financial measures in published documents. While we support the overall goal of the proposed instrument to provide high quality financial information to the users of published financial reports, the CLHIA provided some specific recommendations to enhance the clarity of the final standard and lower the compliance burden on our members that will be impacted by the proposed instrument.

    2021 British Columbia Pre-Budget Submission

    Published on 24/06/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Employee benefit plans Drug pricing Pharmacare

    On June 25, the CLHIA shared the life and health insurance industry’s recommendations for the 2021 British Columbia budget with the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Recommendations notably included: supporting workplace and individual drug plans that currently provide millions of B.C. residents with comprehensive access to prescription drugs; leveraging the industry’s investment capacity to accelerate long-term infrastructure projects; creating more opportunities for insurers to invest in assets that meet sustainability goals; and reducing and eventually eliminating the premium tax on life and health insurance premiums.

    Advisory: Health Protection Standards for Paramedical Lab Testing for Insurance During COVID-19

    Published on 09/06/2020

    Risk Management > Underwriting

    In response to provinces that are beginning to resume non-emergency health services, the CLHIA issued an advisory on June 9 to raise awareness of paramedical lab testing for insurance. Life and health insurers are urging governments and providers to ensure appropriate health protection standards are met to protect the health and safety of our clients and the broader community.

    CLHIA Submission on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program

    Published on 04/06/2020

    Government Relations > Government Monitoring

    On June 4, the CLHIA shared the life and health insurance industry’s views on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program with the federal government. The CLHIA supports the CEWS and believes it is crucial to help sustain the employer-employee linkage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CLHIA highlighted that there continues to be uncertainty over the eligibility criteria among some of our members and that more clarity and useful FAQs would be helpful.

    Jean-François Chalifoux elected as CLHIA Chair

    Published on 08/06/2020

    CLHIA Governance > Board of Directors

    The members of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association have elected Jean-François Chalifoux, Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Insurance as Chair.

    Founded in 1944, SSQ Insurance is now one of the largest insurance companies in Canada, with $13 billion in assets under management.

    Jean-François holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial sciences from Laval University, is a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society, and is a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Development Program. Prior to joining SSQ Insurance in 2015, he held several executive roles with major Canadian insurance companies.

    Letters to BC Government Re: Medical lab tests for insurance applications

    Published on 29/05/2020

    Risk Management > Underwriting

    The CLHIA sent letters to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance in British Columbia with respect to paramedical lab testing for insurance applications. The letters were in response to concerns raised publicly by an advisor in that province criticizing the industry for our approach to accepting test results during COVID-19. The CLHIA advised the Ministers of some temporary changes that have been immplemented since COVID-19 with respect to insurance applications and steps taken by member companies to ensure Canadians continue to receive insurance coverage.

    Statement: Update on Canada’s life and health insurers’ response to COVID-19

    Published on 01/05/2020

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

    Beneficial Ownership Transparency Consultations: Canada and British Columbia - input from CLHIA

    Published on 30/04/2020

    Compliance > Anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist financing

    On April 30, the CLHIA responded to federal and British Columbia consultations, expressing support for the creation of a registry of beneficial owners of corporations. A registry could improve transparency and streamline interactions between insurers and their clients by enabling insurers to collect ownership information directly from the registry.

    The submission highlights the importance that information contained in the registry be reliable, accurate, complete and current, since there would be an expectation that financial institutions would consult the registry. The database should also be sufficiently flexible to accommodate new forms of digital identification.

    Governments should use tools at their disposal, such as auto-populating with licensing and tax information, to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the registry.

    CLHIA welcomes New Brunswick’s announcement on prescription limits for drugs with strong supplies

    Published on 24/04/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information

    Request to the Canada Revenue Agency to suspend minimum employer contributions to DC pensions

    Published on 13/04/2020

    Pensions and Retirement > Employer pension plans

    Multiple employers who sponsor defined contribution pension plans have expressed concern to CLHIA members about their inability to make required pension contributions given reduced cash flow due to COVID-19. Partly in response to a CLHIA request, the CRA has announced that, for the remainder of 2020, it will waive the 1 per cent “minimum contribution requirement” set out in Registered Plans Directorate Newsletter 91-4R. Note that this is not automatic and is subject to filing of a plan amendment with the CRA. A parallel amendment may also be required with the relevant regulator under pension benefits legislation.

    Statement from the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    Published on 08/04/2020

    Government Relations > Government Monitoring

    Advisory: Travel cancellation insurance and airline vouchers or credits

    Published on 01/04/2020

    Group Insurance > Travel insurance

    Letter to Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) re: Quarterly Meeting COVID-19 Responses

    Published on 27/03/2020

    Pensions and Retirement > Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS) Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations) Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF)

    Each Spring, the CLHIA meets with the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) to recommend issues for consideration in their 3-year strategic plan. This year, the CLHIA made two separate submissions as part of this process, separating COVID-19 priorities and longer-term objectives. Near-term deferral of reporting, pension contribution relief and enhanced withdrawal options to address financial hardship usurped much of CAPSA's longer-term planning agenda. At present, there does not appear to be a coordinated response by pension regulators to COVID-19, although some contribution suspension appears to be forthcoming based on follow-up discussions with individual regulators. While federally regulated pension plans have had limits imposed on de-risking when significantly under-funded, other regulators have not adopted such restrictions; these measures should have limited negative impact on annuity purchases.

    Letter to the Secretariat of the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) re: Quarterly Meeting 3 year planning priorities

    Published on 27/03/2020

    Pensions and Retirement > Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS) Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations) Employer pension plans Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF)

    Travel insurers confirm individual health insurance coverage for commercial truckers

    Published on 25/03/2020

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans Travel insurance

    Urgent notice for Canadians currently in the USA and abroad

    Published on 20/03/2020

    Government Relations Group Insurance > Government Monitoring Travel insurance

    Insurers confirm continued out-of-country health insurance coverage for commercial trucking industry

    Published on 19/03/2020

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans Travel insurance

    COVID-19: Statement from the life and health insurance industry

    Published on 13/03/2020

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans Travel insurance

    Insurers welcome Insurance Act changes to protect vulnerable seniors

    Published on 11/03/2020

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Letter to the Prime Minister in support of the amendments to Patented Medicines Regulations

    Published on 03/03/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Pharmacare

    2020 Ontario Budget Submission

    Published on 02/03/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Employee benefit plans Drug pricing Pharmacare Premium tax

    Letter to Chairman Hoogervost re: Ensuring a common global adoption date for IFRS 17

    Published on 02/03/2020

    Financial Reporting > International Financial Reporting Standards

    Consistent with the CLHIA’s recommendations to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in its letter dated March 2, the IASB voted on March 17 in favour of both:  

  • deferring the effective date of IFRS 17 to 2023, and
  • extending the fixed expiry date of the temporary exemption from applying IFRS 9 to 2023.

  • In its deliberations, the IASB reiterated some of the key considerations emphasized by the CLHIA, in particular, the importance of a common global adoption date and the potentially adverse effects for insurers in Canada and certain other regions if they were forced to implement IFRS 17 before Europe. The IASB has concluded its deliberations on the amendments to IFRS 17 and aims to publish the final standard in the second quarter of this year. The CLHIA would like to thank members for their support throughout the IASB’s consultation period in working toward an improved standard. We will continue to collaborate with members on the IFRS 17 Working Group to assess the impacts of the amended standard and ensure a robust implementation in Canada.

    Letter to the Canadian Accounting Standards Board re: Ensuring a common global adoption date for IFRS 17

    Published on 27/02/2020

    Financial Reporting > International Financial Reporting Standards

    2020 New Brunswick Pre-Budget Submission

    Published on 25/02/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Employee benefit plans Drug pricing Pharmacare Premium tax

    2020 Prince Edward Island Pre-Budget Submission

    Published on 25/02/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Employee benefit plans Drug pricing Pharmacare Provincial and Territorial Taxation Premium tax

    CLHIA letter to the Standing Committee on International Trade on the Implementation of CUSMA

    Published on 19/02/2020

    International > International Trade

    On February 19, the CLHIA submitted a letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade calling on the federal government to pass Bill C-4, an act to implement the agreement between Canada, the United States of America, and the United Mexican States (CUSMA) as soon as possible. The letter reiterated the industry's support for the free trade agreement and encouraged the government to maintain the NAFTA Financial Services Committee, which provided a mechanism for regulators in the three countries to share information and discuss areas of concern in the financial services sector.

    Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Regulations (PMPRB) Consultation on Draft Guidelines Submission

    Published on 14/02/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing

    On February 14, the CLHIA responded to the Patented Medicines Review Board’s (PMPRB) consultation on draft guidelines to support implementation of the amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations that come into effect July 1, 2020. Our submission was supportive of the proposed changes and we conclude that the proposed changes strike the right balance between reducing the high cost of prescription drugs in Canada, while continuing to ensure Canadians have access to affordable and necessary medications. The industry noted that we will continue to look for ways to support these efforts as the PMPRB moves towards implementation.

    2020 Alberta Pre-Budget Submission

    Published on 12/02/2020

    Capital and Assets Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Employee benefit plans Drug pricing Pharmacare Provincial and Territorial Taxation Premium tax

    CLHIA Letter to the Canadian Institute of Actuaries regarding national pharmacare

    Published on 11/02/2020

    Prescription Drug Costs > Pharmacare

    On February 11, the CLHIA responded to a call for input to inform the creation of a level-2 Canadian Institute of Actuaries public statement on national pharmacare. The submission recommended that any reform of the prescription drug system embody three elements: protecting and enhancing existing benefits plans, providing drug coverage for everyone, and ensuring affordability for consumers and taxpayers, including addressing high cost drugs.

    2020 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

    Published on 04/02/2020

    Pensions and Retirement Prescription Drug Costs Taxation Trade & Commerce International > Annuities Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF) Drug pricing Pharmacare Federal Taxation Corporate Tax Interprovincial Trade

    The CLHIA has submitted the industry’s views to the federal government’s 2020 pre-budget consultation. The submission focused on key policy areas including pharmacare, pensions, the capital tax on financial institutions, climate change, privacy of consumer information and infrastructure investment.

    Submission to Ontario Ministry of Finance Re: Individual Pension Plans and Designated Plans

    Published on 23/01/2020

    Pensions and Retirement > Employer pension plans

    On January 23, the CLHIA submitted comments on the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s consultation on the removal of Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) from the broad scope of pension law, as several other provinces have already done. The submission expressed support for this streamlining and cost reduction measure, while cautioning that this could limit protection for spouses and other plan beneficiaries and exemptions from seizure by the member's creditors. The CLHIA recommended further consideration before proceeding with removing IPPs from the ambit of Ontario's Pension Benefits Act.

    CLHIA Submission on New Brunswick Restricted Insurance Licensing Regime

    Published on 31/01/2020

    Distribution > Market conduct

    On January 31, the CLHIA submitted comments to New Brunswick's consultation on its proposed restricted insurance licensing regime. Overall, the submission was supportive of New Brunswick's efforts to harmonize with the restricted licensing regimes in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In some cases, where the approaches differ between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the submission recommends a particular approach based on the industry's practical experience.

    Submission presented as part of the consultations on the 2020-2021 Quebec budget

    Published on 30/01/2020

    Taxation > Provincial and Territorial Taxation

    The CLHIA met with opposition parties’ political advisors and staff from the Minister of Finance’s office to present recommendations for the 2020-21 Quebec budget. In its submission, the CLHIA stressed the importance of continuing to work with the government to implement measures to better control drug costs. We also explained the need for amendments to the financial sector legislation and for cooperation to find a solution to the problem of trafficking in life insurance policies. Lastly, we addressed the issue of abolishing the compensation tax, as well as the need for continuing efforts to mitigate climate change.

    2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget Submission

    Published on 30/01/2020

    Taxation > Provincial and Territorial Taxation

    CLHIA Comments on FSRA Guidance Framework 2020

    Published on 24/01/2020

    Compliance > Fair treatment of customers (FTC)

    On January 24, the CLHIA responded to FSRA's consultation on its new guidance framework, which will standardize the guidance it issues across regulated sectors. FSRA will use four distinct types of guidance to support requirements set out in legislation, regulations and rules: interpretations, information, approaches, and decisions. Every three to five years, FSRA will review the interpretations, information, and approaches. There is no defined review timeline for decisions. The regulator’s approach will be based on the principles of accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, collaboration, and transparency. The CLHIA’s submission is supportive of FSRA's approach, notably the principles-based framework, and indicates the CLHIA’s appreciation for FSRA's collaborative approach and its focus on reducing regulatory burden.

    CLHIA Process on Electronic Declarations

    Published on 24/12/2019

    Trade & Commerce > Electronic Commerce

    Letter to the Attorney General of Ontario Re: Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019

    Published on 23/12/2019

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Enhancing retirement income options for Canadians

    Published on 29/11/2019

    Pensions and Retirement > CLHIA Pensions and Retirement Policy Paper Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS) Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations) Employer pension plans

    Comments on proposals to amend the Health Professions Act in British Columbia re: BC Reg 276/2008 and BC Reg 415/2008

    Published on 29/11/2019

    Group Insurance > Dental insurance

    On November 29, the CLHIA sent a letter of support to the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia regarding proposed changes to align the Dentists Regulation better to the Health Professions Act. The proposals are considered ‘housekeeping’ changes, given the shared scope of practice statements and restricted activities, including changes to standardized terms to align to the other oral health colleges’ regulations.

    Comments on O. Reg. 201/96, Ontario Drug Benefit Act 'Improving Value of Pharmacy Payments'

    Published on 27/11/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information

    On November 27, the CLHIA wrote to the Ontario Ministry of Health with comments on proposed regulatory changes made in October that affect public drug programs and payments to pharmacists. The government is looking to replace the tiered mark-up and Meds Check budget proposals with a time-limited (until March 31, 2023) reconciliation adjustment process, resulting in an overall reduction in payments. While the proposed changes do not appear to impact private drug plans, the industry is concerned about the unintended consequences of reducing payments to pharmacists to such a degree, and have encouraged the government to involve CLHIA as a stakeholder to implementation.

    Comments on O. Reg. 201/96, Regulation 935 'Reducing Administrative Burden to Drug Manufacturers and Pharmacies'

    Published on 27/11/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Provincial & territorial drug program information

    Comments on Newfoundland's Dementia Care Action Plan Consultations

    Published on 25/11/2019

    Health Care Policy > Long-term Care

    CLHIA comments on Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA)'s proposed priorities

    Published on 18/11/2019

    Distribution > Market conduct

    On November 18, the CLHIA responded to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s (FSRA) public consultation on its draft 2020-21 priorities and budget. Priority areas for the industry include “improving licensing effectiveness and efficiency” and “enhanced market conduct oversight to protect consumers”. The CLHIA indicated support for FSRA’s proposed priorities, noting that a reduction in regulatory burden and improvement to regulatory effectiveness would protect Ontarians and support the industry. It also commented on such proposed priorities as a review of inherited guidance, title protection, sector expertise, the creation of a code of conduct, a new agent conduct team, advisor oversight expectations and MGA oversight. With respect to the budget, there is a proposed payroll increase of $4.9 million for life insurance agent conduct regulation, about which the CLHIA indicated an interest in understanding more.

    Submission to Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch re: RNs prescribing medications

    Published on 17/11/2019

    Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs > Employee benefit plans Provincial & territorial drug program information Pharmacare

    Submission to the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development re: PIPEDA Modernization Proposals

    Published on 04/11/2019

    Trade & Commerce > Intellectual Property Privacy

    The CLHIA recently responded to a May discussion paper published by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) aimed at modernizing PIPEDA, the private sector privacy legislation that applies to industry members everywhere in Canada except in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In our submission, the CLHIA emphasized the importance of allowing for alternatives or exceptions to consent to facilitate use of personal information by business under specific circumstances including common uses of personal information for reasonable business activities. It also suggested amendments to the legislation to facilitate members’ efforts to fight fraud and confirmed the CLHIA’s interest in recognized voluntary codes of practices and certification schemes. In addition, the CLHIA reiterated its support for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) Ombudsman model while commenting on the possible impact of giving the OPC additional powers.

    Submission to the Department of Finance Proposal to Improve the Tax System

    Published on 10/10/2019

    Taxation Pensions and Retirement > Federal Taxation Tax Deferred Products (RRSP, RESP, TFSA, RDSP, RRIF) Annuities

    On October 7, the CLHIA wrote to Finance Canada with recommendations to further expand the decumulation options for Canadians beyond what was promised in the 2019 federal budget. In particular, we advocate that insurers should be allowed to pool Variable Payment Life Annuities (VPLAs) across plans rather than requiring pooling to happen within each plan only. This would allow member to offer stand-alone "aggregator" VPLAs to increase scale and cost effectiveness for consumers. As well, we advocate that Canadians should be able to use savings in their TFSAs to purchase deferred annuities. Technical refinements to the VPLA and Advanced Life Deferred Annuity proposals have also been provided to Finance Canada.

    Life and health insurers paid out nearly $100 billion to support Canadians' health and financial security

    Published on 05/09/2019

    Capital and Assets Consumers Disability Distribution Group Insurance Health Care Policy Prescription Drug Costs Taxation > Long-term investments Minimum Continuing Capital and Surplus Requirements Complaint Handling Long term disability Market conduct Paramedical benefits Dental insurance Employee benefit plans Travel insurance Drug pricing Pharmacare Provincial and Territorial Taxation Policyholder Tax

    Earlier this month, the CLHIA released the annual “Fact book”, which is the most up-to-date collection of data on the life and health insurance industry and the products and services it provides to tens of millions of Canadians.

    Data in this year’s edition show that the industry:

  • Paid out $98 billion in benefits to Canadians last year, including $36 billion in health benefits for prescription drugs and for extended health providers like dentists and physiotherapists;

  • Worked hard to meet the promise of client satisfaction, with only one in 100,000 claims resulting in a complaint;

  • Provided over 156,000 domestic jobs and made $780 billion in long-term investments that contribute to Canada’s economic growth;

  • Maintains capital reserves 39 per cent higher than regulators’ targets, making insurers among the most stable and secure financial institutions in Canada; and

  • Offered financial protection services to 60 million people in 20 countries - exporting the strength of Canada’s insurers to the world.


  • The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Facts is produced annually and is a go-to resource for policy makers, journalists, academics, and industry insiders.

    CLHIA welcomes amendments to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Regulations

    Published on 09/08/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    Submission to Health Canada Re: Draft Guidance (Accelerated Review of Human Drug Submissions)

    Published on 22/07/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information

    On July 27, the CLHIA responded to Health Canada’s accelerated drug review pathway draft guidance, suggesting revisions in the areas of substantial evidence and promising evidence, as well as transparency in bridging indications from an established indication to a new indication. The CLHIA also suggested that there be more clarity and coordination among the national organizations assessing rare drugs, including Health Canada, pCPA, CADTH and INESSS. The draft guidance is meant to provide assistance to industry regarding the criteria to access an accelerated review, what a Notice of Compliance with conditions (NOCc) means to the manufacturer, the collection of real world evidence for rare diseases as well as other information important to manufacturers and insurers.

    Consultation on Comprehensive Review of Yukon Health & Social Services

    Published on 28/06/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Catastrophic drug coverage Drug pricing Pharmacare

    On June 28, the CLHIA responded to a recently established independent expert panel in Yukon that is reviewing six key areas within the delivery of healthcare and social services. The CLHIA provided comments into two areas of focus. Under Coordination of Care, within and out of territory, we cited areas of private healthcare funding for treatment/services that are being delivered remotely, including cognitive behavioral therapy and some elements of physical therapy programs. A second area of review was Pharmacare and Pharmaceutical Benefits. We agreed with the expert panel’s position that drug prices are too high and must be lowered for all Yukoners, including those with private benefit plans. The CLHIA also agreed on the need to identify those Yukoners lacking coverage or with limited coverage who could benefit from an established list of common medicines and to a coordinated private-public approach to rare diseases.

    Submission to Saskatchewan re The Massage Therapists Act

    Published on 25/06/2019

    Group Insurance > Regulated professions

    The province of Saskatchewan recently signaled its intention to regulate the practice of massage therapy by issuing the draft Massage Therapists Act for comment by stakeholders. In a submission to the Ministry of Health, the CLHIA expressed its support of regulation of massage therapy in Saskatchewan and other unregulated provinces. Regulation puts in place standards of practice, a formal complaints and disciplinary process and enhances the protection of the public in general. In addition, Saskatchewan residents would benefit from the Canadian Revenue Agency’s (CRA) tax-free treatment of services delivered by regulated healthcare providers, as this may increase access to care. Lastly, the CLHIA encouraged protection of titles such as 'Registered Massage Therapist' that are consistent across Canada.

    Alka Gautam Elected CLHIA Chair

    Published on 25/06/2019

    CLHIA Governance > Board of Directors

    BC Submission re: Cayton Report PIPA and Privacy

    Published on 14/06/2019

    Insurance Trade & Commerce Group Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation Privacy Dental insurance

    CLHIA responds to final report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare

    Published on 05/06/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    On June 12, the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare released its final report. So far the Federal Government response has been muted. The Minister of Health thanked the Council for their report but has not made any commitments with respect to next steps and the Minister of Finance has not made any public statement. The CLHIA news release can be found here.

    The highlights of the report include recommendations that:

    · Canada should adopt a universal, single-payer public pharmacare program. The program should be phased in over eight years
    · The federal government should establish a national standard formulary, and would require that out-of-pocket amounts for individuals be capped at $5 per prescription, with a co-pay of $2 per medicine up to an annual maximum of $100 per household
    · The federal government should finance the incremental costs to the provinces of moving to this model via a new dedicated federal transfer to the provinces
    · Provinces could opt-in to the program subject to agreeing to the requirements outlined above.

    Submission to Health Canada Re: Proposed Generic Drug Regulations

    Published on 07/06/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Generic drug pricing

    On June 7, the CLHIA wrote to Health Canada expressing support for its recent proposal to amend the definition of 'equivalence' when evaluating a new generic drug in comparison to the originator. The amended definition would allow a route to market for new generics that are not pharmaceutically equivalent to the reference product, but contain the same identical therapeutically active component, thereby improving choice and potentially resulting in lower costs for plan sponsors and members.

    CLHIA announces withdrawal of Guideline G19

    Published on 31/05/2019

    Distribution > Product disclosure Market conduct

    Proposed Changes to OHIP Out of Country coverage October 2019

    Published on 30/04/2019

    Group Insurance > Coordination of benefits Travel insurance

    On April 30, the CLHIA responded to an Ontario government proposal that would see the elimination of emergency health claim reimbursements incurred outside of Canada. The CLHIA’s submission asked for a clear communication plan for Ontarians regarding these changes. The CLHIA also requested the government’s assistance in ensuring that beds are available to Ontarians incurring medical emergencies at destination, and who are ready to return to an Ontario hospital for follow-up care.

    CLHIA supports budget proposal to improve retirement options for Canadians

    Published on 20/03/2019

    Pensions and Retirement > Annuities Retirement Income System Reviews Wealth & Retirement

    Budget measures offer sensible steps to achieve pharmacare for all who need it

    Published on 19/03/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    CLHIA welcomes Saskatchewan court ruling in Ituna, Mosten and Atwater litigation

    Published on 18/03/2019

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    On March 15, in separate sets of reasons, Justice Brian Scherman of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favour of the three member insurers (Industrial Alliance, Manulife, and BMO Life), dismissing applications brought by three limited partnership policyholders (Ituna, Mosten, and Atwater). The applications were brought seeking a declaration that the policyholders were entitled to deposit unlimited sums of money into the side accounts of universal life policies they had acquired that were issued in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s when interest rates were much higher than today. The CLHIA intervened in the applications because the position taken by the policyholders was contrary to the nature and intended purpose of the product, fundamental insurance law concepts and Canada’s regulatory system. Justice Scherman ruled that the proper interpretation of the contracts was that deposits were limited to those amounts that could be used for the cost of insurance, premium taxes and policy administration fees during the expected life of the insured, as well as amounts used for investment or savings within the policy, up to the accrual tax-exempt limits set in the Income Tax Act. This finding is consistent with the insurers’ licensing, the nature of the product and the absence of any evidence of any other intent by the original purchaser. It provides a harmonious interpretation of premium to the whole policy and would be consistent with an ordinary insured's understanding. The Court found no ambiguity in the policy wording. The CLHIA's press release on the decisions can be found here. The complaints have filed appeals for all three decisions to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

    CLHIA welcomes interim report of Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare

    Published on 06/03/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Generic drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information Pharmacare

    Following six months of consultations with stakeholders, including our industry, the federal panel studying national pharmacare issued its interim report on March 6. The report identified six core principles that it believes should underpin a future program, as well as three initial “building blocks” that it recommends be acted upon immediately.

    Flanked by the federal ministers of finance and health, advisory council chair and former Ontario Health and Long-Term Care Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins said the future program must improve access to prescription drugs for all Canadians, ensure portable access across Canada, provide for a comprehensive formulary, be designed with input from patients, be a partnership of all orders of government, including indigenous peoples, and include a “a robust pharmaceutical management system.”

    The report called for immediate action on a national drug agency, a comprehensive, evidence-based national formulary and improved drug data and information technology systems.

    Not missed by observers including CLHIA, is the report’s silence on the important question of how a national pharmacare would be delivered. On that, CLHIA’s response emphasized that a future program must ensure that all Canadians can access affordable prescription medicines no matter where they live and work in Canada. A balanced solution will ensure that the system is sustainable into the future and protects the health benefit plans that Canadians value.

    The advisory council’s final report is slated for release in June, four months before the federal election.

    Benefits fraud is a real crime with real consequences

    Published on 04/03/2019

    Compliance > Fraud risk management

    March is national Fraud Prevention Month and CLHIA is using the month to educate consumers of the signs, risks and real consequences of benefits fraud.

    Our efforts have continued to promote the Fraud = Fraud website and campaign launched late last year to raise awareness of benefits fraud and how to recognize, refuse and report it. As part of this, CLHIA issued a national news release, and have promoted Fraud = Fraud assets in our social media channels. To help member companies, we also prepared updated banners and a Fraud Prevention Month toolkit located on our Member Centre that includes social media content and messaging.

    Fraud Prevention Month is an annual campaign supported by the federal government and industry that seeks to help Canadians to recognize, reject and report fraud.

    Sponsored by CLHIA with the support of our member companies, the Fraud = Fraud website has attracted 99,000 unique visitors, generated national media attention and has close to 400,000 views of the video and 7,000 social media hits.

    CLHIA Comments on the Ontario Auto Insurance Consultation

    Published on 15/02/2019

    Disability Group Insurance Insurance > Long term disability Paramedical benefits Employee benefit plans Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Comments on 2019-20 FSRA Priorities and Budget

    Published on 08/02/2019

    Compliance Insurance > Fair treatment of customers (FTC) Conduct of business (Commercial practices) Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Earlier this month, the CLHIA made a submission to the FSRA’s public consultation on its 2019-20 priorities and budget. Our submission emphasized our support for FSRA’s proposed core priorities in the areas of reducing regulatory burden and improving regulatory effectiveness. The CLHIA recommended that the new agency find opportunities for policy review with the aim of eliminating overlap and duplication, consider establishing a dedicated life and health insurance industry advisory committee, and harmonize the fair treatment of consumers guidance with existing CCIR-CISRO Guidance.

    The CLHIA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Ontario’s new financial sector regulator in the months ahead.

    Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

    Published on 31/01/2019

    Prescription Drug Costs > Provincial & territorial drug program information

    On January 31, the CLHIA responded to draft regulations on proposed changes to OHIP+ that were issued on January 2. The CLHIA recommended moving forward with Trillium Drug Program (TDP) automation as well as regulatory changes to ensure that employers do not eliminate drug coverage for youth under 25.

    The Fall Economic Statement noted that the planned changes to OHIP+ would occur in March 2019. Any child/youth with coverage through a private insurance plan must submit prescription drug claims to their existing private coverage. Children/youth without coverage through a private insurance plan will be eligible to submit any excess out-of-pocket costs to the TDP. TDP is available to all Ontarians and is means-tested so that the deductible required to be paid out-of-pocket increases with household income.

    Globe and Mail supplement: Fraud Prevention Month, March 2018

    Published on 08/03/2018

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

    Understanding Claims for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Devices

    Published on 03/01/2018

    Group Insurance > CLHIA Group Insurance guidelines and reference documents Paramedical benefits Employee benefit plans

    This Reference Document is meant for informational purposes only. All claims for PAP devices will be adjudicated in accordance with the terms of the group benefit plan under which they are being claimed. In the event of a discrepancy between this Reference Document and the group benefit plan, the provisions of the group benefit plan will apply.

    Improving drug access and affordability : Can public and private payers do more, together?

    Published on 01/12/2017

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    Karen Voin, CLHIA's Vice President, Group Benefits and Anti-Fraud, presents the association's efforts on bridging the public-private divide.

    CLHIA Opening Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health - Appearance on Pharmacare

    Published on 19/10/2017

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Generic drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information Pharmacare

    Canada’s life and health insurers believe all Canadians should be able to access affordable prescription drugs. Today, prescription drugs costs are too high and we know there are gaps in coverage. However, meaningful reductions in prices and improving access for all Canadians can be achieved today working within our current system. Canada’s insurers are keen to help and believe we have much to offer.

    CLHIA Views on the Ontario Private Member’s Bill 162

    Published on 18/10/2017

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Bill 162, an Act to amend the Insurance Act to Authorize Life Settlements, seeks to amend section 115 of the Ontario Insurance Act to provide for an exception to the current rule which prohibits any person, other than an insurer or its duly authorized agent, from trafficking or trading in life insurance policies. The Bill seeks to provide an exception to this prohibition for a life insurance policy if the purchase is from the original policyholder and the policy has been held for at least 36 months. The Bill also provides for a 10-day cooling-off period, during which time the agreement for the sale of a life insurance policy may be cancelled.

    Empowering employees to make healthy choices - Workplace wellness programs

    Published on 12/09/2017

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

    Published in the National Post's "Health Literacy" supplement

    CLHIA Standardized Advisor Practice Review for Use in the MGA channel

    Published on 21/08/2017

    Distribution > CLHIA Distribution guidelines and reference documents

    Serving Clients Through Needs-Based Sales Practices - Training Module

    Published on 06/06/2017

    Insurance > CLHIA Insurance guidelines and reference documents

    Reference Document

    Advisor Disclosure Best Practices - Training Material

    Published on 06/06/2017

    Insurance > CLHIA Insurance guidelines and reference documents

    Reference Document

    A Canadian Success Story: PROMOTING TRADE IN LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE

    Published on 16/05/2017

    International > International Trade CLHIA International Trade Policy Paper

    This position paper briefly describes the benefit of trade in financial services to Canada, the participation of our insurance companies in foreign markets, and the policy directions the Canadian government should take to promote and facilitate trade, particularly for financial services.

    Health care dollars lost to fraud are everyone's concern

    Published on 16/03/2017

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

    The Globe and Mail's Fraud Prevention Report

    Updated needs-based selling resources for insurers and advisors now available

    Published on 27/01/2017

    Updated needs-based selling resources for insurers and advisors now available

    CLHIA recently updated the following three Reference Documents, which describe best practices, including examples, for needs-based selling.

    When it comes to buying life insurance, there's no time like now when you're young and healthy > notimelikenow.ca

    Published on 21/03/2017

    Information Updates

    When it comes to buying life insurance, there’s no time like now when you're young and healthy
    notimelikenow.ca

    Why would Ottawa even consider a tax that won’t increase revenue, but hurt middle-class Canadians?

    Published on 03/01/2017

    Group Insurance > Dental insurance Employee benefit plans

    Op-ed submitted to National Post on Taxation of Benefit Plans

    IVIC Suitability Needs-Based Sales Practices

    Published on 31/10/2016

    Distribution > CLHIA Distribution guidelines and reference documents

    Canadian Life and Health Insurance Facts, 2016 Edition

    Published on 15/09/2016

    Capital and Assets Distribution Group Insurance Insurance Pensions and Retirement > Long-term investments Minimum Continuing Capital and Surplus Requirements Coordination of benefits Employee benefit plans Travel insurance Segregated Funds (IVICs) Annuities Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS) Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations) Employer pension plans Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF)

    Retiring Soon?

    Published on 02/09/2016

    Retiring Soon?
    Use this guide to get ready.

    Comment préserver les acquis

    Published on 29/07/2016

    Insurance

    La Presse

    Retirement Income: Coalition appeals to finance ministers

    Published on 27/06/2016

    Pensions and Retirement > Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS) Retirement Income System Reviews

    The Insurance & Investment Journal

    CLHIA concerned about benefit plan impact of proposed change to chiropractor services

    Published on 28/06/2016

    Group Insurance > Paramedical benefits Regulated professions

    Benefits Canada

    Who will cover the cost of drugs for doctor-assisted death?

    Published on 12/06/2016

    Prescription Drug Costs > Provincial & territorial drug program information Pharmacare

    Toronto Star/The Canadian Press

    The financial downside of living too long

    Published on 11/06/2016

    Pensions and Retirement > Registered Products (RRSP, LIRA, RRIF) Wealth & Retirement

    Winnipeg Free Press

    CLHIA-Quebec opposed to selling insurance policies to third parties

    Published on 02/06/2016

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Interview with CLHIA Quebec president Lyne Duhaime

    Good-bye travel incentives!

    Published on 26/04/2016

    Distribution > Sales practices

    The Insurance and Investment Journal

    Big changes afoot for life agents?

    Published on 22/04/2016

    Distribution > Market conduct Sales practices

    Investment Executive May 2016

    Group benefits providers report: Insurers get a boost in the battle against fraud

    Published on 15/04/2016

    Trade & Commerce > Privacy Federal Legislation

    Benefits Canada

    Most Canadians think government programs will cover LTC

    Published on 14/04/2016

    Long-term Care

    Investment Executive

    Rest in peace: Weigh your needs when considering to buy life insurance

    Published on 14/04/2016

    Consumers > Financial Literacy Initiatives

    Canadian Press

    Insurance company drops 'discriminatory' policy on suicide attempts

    Published on 30/03/2016

    Group Insurance > Employee benefit plans

    CBC News

    CLHIA says sales practices could be improved

    Published on 30/03/2016

    Distribution > Sales practices

    The Insurance & Investment Journal

    Insurance companies reconsider 'dated' policies for suicide attempts, Frank Zinatelli on The National

    Published on 29/02/2016

    Compliance Group Insurance > Fair treatment of customers (FTC) Employee benefit plans

    The National

    The keys to protecting your business against fraud

    Published on 16/02/2016

    Compliance > Fraud risk management

    Businesses and consumers urged to be more vigilant about fraud

    What's New - Insurance Distribution in Canada: Promoting a customer-focused system

    Published on 13/05/2016

    What's New - Insurance Distribution in Canada: Promoting a customer-focused system

    Average Alberta dental rates jump 56% over 10-year period

    Published on 08/02/2016

    Group Insurance > Dental insurance Regulated professions

    The profession says higher salaries for dental hygenists are part of the problem

    How should Alberta deal with rising dental fees?

    Published on 24/02/2016

    Group Insurance > Dental insurance Regulated professions

    Global News

    Time for creativity to finance Canada’s infrastructure, Frank Swedlove, President and CEO, CLHIA

    Published on 25/02/2016

    Capital and Assets > Long-term investments

    Canada’s insurers are very able and more willing than ever to play a larger role in making sure Canada builds the infrastructure the country needs in a timely and affordable fashion.

    CLHIA calls for one-year delay to ORPP

    Published on 11/02/2016

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

    Benefits Canada

    Life insurance price increases come under fire

    Published on 05/02/2016

    Distribution > Product disclosure

    Life Health Professional

    Should you buy long-term care insurance?

    Published on 03/02/2016

    Health Care Policy > Long-term Care

    Special to The Globe and Mail

    Ryerson dance student paralyzed after swimming accident in Cuba

    Published on 18/01/2016

    Group Insurance > Travel insurance

    CTV Toronto

    Mourir dans la dignité… et l’assurance

    Published on 17/01/2016

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    La Presse

    Apparence de contradiction à l'AMF

    Published on 15/01/2016

    Distribution > Alternate distribution

    Finance-investissement.com

    Private insurers want in on national bulk-buying deal for drugs

    Published on 20/01/2016

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Provincial & territorial drug program information

    Benefits Canada

    The changemakers: moving the benefits world forward

    Published on 05/01/2016

    Media

    The changemakers: moving the benefits world forward

    What does the industry expect from CPP talks?

    Published on 18/12/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Public pensions (OAS/CPP/QPP/GIS)

    Benefits Canada

    Innovations drives her success story

    Published on 27/11/2015

    Distribution > Sales practices

    Mary Forrest, Munich Re

    Hidden health-care costs can be a shock for retirees

    Published on 19/11/2015

    Group Insurance Health Care Policy Pensions and Retirement > Employee benefit plans Regulated professions Long-term Care Employer pension plans

    Globe and Mail

    Quebec consultation: CLHIA asks that distribution without representation come under the Act Respecting Insurance

    Published on 09/11/2015

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    Published in The Insurance & Investment Journal

    CLHIA highlights policy priorities to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    Published on 04/11/2015

    Government Relations > Government Monitoring

    Public-private pharma plan - Letter to Toronto Star from Frank Swedlove, President and CEO, CLHIA

    Published on 02/11/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    Published in the Toronto Star

    As Canadians live longer, retirement plans must address long-term care costs

    Published on 29/10/2015

    Health Care Policy > Long-term Care

    The Globe and Mail

    CLHIA welcomes successful conclusion of TPP talks

    Published on 05/10/2015

    International > International Trade

    Investment Executive

    CLHIA asks that distribution without representation come under the Act Respecting Insurance

    Published on 01/10/2015

    Distribution > Alternate distribution

    Insurance and Investment Journal

    Specialty drug costs on the rise

    Published on 24/09/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Catastrophic drug coverage

    smallbizadvisor.ca

    Legislation that would regulate massage therapy in Sask. gets mixed reviews

    Published on 31/08/2015

    Group Insurance > Regulated professions

    Regina Leader Post

    La solution pour réduire le coût des assurances ?

    Published on 19/08/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Generic drug pricing

    Conseiller.ca

    Letter to Alberta's Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors regarding prescription drug programs and pricing

    Published on 02/06/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Pharmacare

    CLHIA congratulates the Honourable Sarah Hoffman on her recent appointment.

    Segregated funds: Yvon Charest decries disclosure

    Published on 13/07/2015

    Insurance > Segregated Funds (IVICs)

    The Insurance and Investment Journal

    "Targeted help for savers the best approach", Frank Swedlove, CLHIA CEO and President

    Published on 14/07/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations) Retirement Income System Reviews

    Letter to the Editor, Investment Executive

    Unclaimed assets of $5B await Canadians, expert says

    Published on 09/07/2015

    Insurance > Provincial & Territorial Legislation

    CBC

    Oshawa couple struggles to fund infant formula their twins need to eat

    Published on 18/06/2015

    Group Insurance Prescription Drug Costs > Employee benefit plans Drug pricing

    Toronto Star

    Ottawa lance une stratégie nationale pour améliorer la littératie financière

    Published on 09/06/2015

    Consumers > Financial Literacy Initiatives

    Finance et Investissement

    New national financial literacy strategy focused on three goals

    Published on 09/06/2015

    Consumers > Financial Literacy Initiatives

    Investment Executive

    Insurance Association of China responds to GFIA's comments regarding C-ROSS

    Published on 11/03/2015

    Insurance Risk Management > Reinsurance Network of Insurance Associations

    Response from the President of IAC

    Globe and Mail supplement April 2016

    Published on 27/04/2016

    Information Updates

    Globe and Mail supplement April 2016

    "Bulk buying for drugs", Frank Swedlove, CLHIA President and CEO

    Published on 17/04/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Pharmacare

    Letter to the Editor

    ORPP legislation coming soon

    Published on 13/04/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

    Investment Executive

    Opposing views on the ORPP

    Published on 27/02/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

    Investment Executive

    ORPP’s ‘comparable’ conundrum

    Published on 13/02/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

    Survey shows major problem with Ontario pension design, CLHIA says

    Calls for private health care get a boost

    Published on 09/02/2015

    Health Care Policy

    Life Health Professional

    Cracks showing in health system

    Published on 09/02/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Drug pricing Generic drug pricing

    Life Health Professional

    "Manitoba's pension gap", Frank Swedlove, CLHIA President and CEO

    Published on 08/02/2015

    Pensions and Retirement > Pooled registered pension plans/PRPPs (and provincial variations)

    Winnipeg Free Press

    Formulary for success

    Published on 12/01/2015

    Prescription Drug Costs > Pharmacare

    Life Health Professional

    "Breaking the 10-Year Cycle: Insuring Long-Term Disability Benefits", Stephen Frank, Vice President Policy Development and Health

    Published on 31/12/2014

    Disability Group Insurance > Long term disability Administrative Services Only (ASO)

    infoEXCHANGE

    Case study: CLHIA's new clear language glossary of insurance terms

    Published on 23/07/2014

    Consumers > Financial Literacy Initiatives CLHIA Consumer Publications and Tools

    CLHIA Named to National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy

    Published on 30/07/2014

    Consumers > Financial Literacy Initiatives

    Replacement Disclosure

    Published on 05/09/2014

    Distribution > CLHIA Distribution guidelines and reference documents

    Response to Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions' Report on Pharmacare

    Published on 13/08/2014

    Prescription Drug Costs > Pharmacare

    CLHIA releases its 2017 Factbook

    Published on 27/10/2017

    CLHIA releases its 2017 Factbook

    November is Financial Literacy Month

    Published on 01/11/2016

    November is Financial Literacy Month
    CLHIA supports our national strategy,  Managing Money and Debt Wisely – It Pays to Know!, and has a number of resources to help you understand life and health insurance.

    INSURANCE EUROPE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Published on 09/04/2013

    International > Network of Insurance Associations

    To be held in Rome on June 13, 2013.

    New guide on long-term care available for consumers

    Published on 28/11/2012

    New guide on long-term care available for consumers

    Understanding Claims for Footwear and Orthotics

    Published on 01/03/2018

    Group Insurance > CLHIA Group Insurance guidelines and reference documents Paramedical benefits Employee benefit plans

    When serious illness requires expensive drugs, we have a prescription

    Published on 03/04/2012

    When serious illness requires expensive drugs, we have a prescription

    Nouveau régime de retraite : les réactions sont tièdes

    Published on 17/11/2011

    Rentes et retraite > Régimes de pension agréés collectifs/RPAC (et équivalents au provincial)

    Nouveau régime de retraite : les réactions sont tièdes

    Guaranteed Withdrawal Benefit (GWB) Illustrations

    Published on 22/03/2011

    Distribution Insurance > CLHIA Distribution guidelines and reference documents Product disclosure CLHIA Insurance guidelines and reference documents Segregated Funds (IVICs)

    The purpose of this Guideline is to describe the information that should be included in illustrations of IVICs offering guaranteed withdrawal benefits. In particular, the Guideline identifies features that could be misunderstood by consumers or which are affected by consumer decisions and recommends practices to assist in explaining these.