Author Archives: Mike Ignatz

About Mike Ignatz

Mike Ignatz has managed Business Development at The Benefits Trust since 2005. His drive and focus has helped The Benefits Trust provide better benefits plans to small and mid-sized businesses throughout Canada.

Upcoming System Upgrade

We will be upgrading our system this weekend to help serve you better, which will limit access to our site and applications from Friday, June 25th at 5pm EST to Monday, June 28th at 8:30am EST. Please be aware that the following services will be unavailable during this time: Mobile (…) [Read Full Article]

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Mitigating Risk in Your Client’s Benefits Plan Design – Part 1

A benefits plan is a promise between an employer and their employee. As a trusted source of knowledge to your clients, your role as a benefits advisor is to help them keep that promise. You can achieve this by advising them on the optimal benefits plan design that will best (…) [Read Full Article]

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Case Study: Freeing Yourself From the Commodity Mindset

The main focus of The Benefits Trust is to provide superior Third Party Administration services for employer groups of one or more. We do this by tapping into our professional insurance advisor distribution network. And because we’re independently and privately-owned, we’re able to work with close to 20 different insurance (…) [Read Full Article]

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Case Study: Reflecting Your Company Culture in Your Benefits Plan

  At The Benefits Trust, our primary aim is to provide business owners with superior benefits plans. We offer tailored plans that are designed to provide ample flexibility, tax advantages, and, of course, employee satisfaction. Recently, we were able to help one of our clients in the education space design a (…) [Read Full Article]

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Case Study: Addressing Employee Demands for More Benefit Choices in Family Owned Business

The client is a family-owned Canadian business in the logistics and distribution industry with over 70 employees, from labourers to professionals, key employees, and two generations of owners. From the beginning, it was clear to us that the diverse range of wages and salaries within the company would require a (…) [Read Full Article]

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Changes Coming to OHIP in 2020

This has been a year of change for provincial health care under the Ontario government, with the trend continuing and no stone remaining unturned – including OHIP coverage. With many changes already having taken place in 2019, and a few still to come at the start of 2020, several services (…) [Read Full Article]

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Canadian Businesses Turning to Flexible Benefits Plans

While Canada continues to experience a growing multigenerational workforce, employers are currently trying to figure out how to not only encourage cohesion and collaboration among the generations, but also how to care for all of them. The needs and concerns of one generation do not necessarily overlap those of the (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Adding Value, Part Three

In the first two parts of this series, we discussed how educating employers and employees leads to higher plan satisfaction, and why it’s important to know what you are shopping for before you shop the market. In the final part of this series, we will cover the various roles and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Adding Value, Part Two

In part one of our series on adding value, we talked about how educating employees and employers can lead to higher plan satisfaction. Today, we’ll focus on why you need to know what you are shopping for before you shop around. Know What You Are Shopping for before You Shop (…) [Read Full Article]

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Dental Fees in Ontario Rising 4.19% This Year: What Can You Do?

Ontario dental fees have been climbing annually, and 2019 is no exception. This year, the rates set by the Ontario Dental Association will increase by 4.19%. Dentists use the Provincial Dental Fee Guide to determine the rates they charge for services, while insurers use them as a guideline for “Reasonable and (…) [Read Full Article]

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