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Medavie Blue Cross
Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie, with employees at a Medavie Health Foundation event   (Photo credit: Daniel St Louis)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Medavie Blue Cross was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2017):

  • Medavie Blue Cross encourages employees to balance work and their personal lives through a number of flexible work arrangements and recently introduced a vacation purchase program to help employees find a little more time
  • Medavie Blue Cross supports employees who are new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 90% of salary for up to 6 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Medavie Blue Cross commits an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation to support community-based programs -- and encourages employees to give back to local communities by providing paid time off to volunteer and financial donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time ($500 for every 50 hours)
Medavie Blue Cross employees enjoying a casual attire day to raise funds for the United Way

Employer Background

Industry Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
Established in Canada 1943
Parent company Medavie Inc.
Parent company head office Moncton NB
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Toronto ON, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,895
Part-time employees in Canada 43
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features recently renovated downtown head office offers easy access to the city's pedway system (pedestrian walkway) that connects downtown buildings and offers easy access to restaurants, shops, cafés, services, workplace features wellness room equipped with a bed and comfortable chair, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, a quiet reading room with two large windows and reading material
Snacks available healthy snack days
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Mapleton Park, Centennial Park, fitness club, Petitcodiac Walking Trail, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, public library, Capitol Theatre (the city's restored Vaudeville house was originally constructed in 1922 and is now used for live theatre and concerts)

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Staff Association (est. 1970s)
Recent social events annual summer picnic, holiday party at Christmas, years of service and retirement celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications leadership blog called Growing Together

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note Medavie Blue Cross has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, personal computer loan program (to $1,500), preferred rates for home and auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Medavie Blue Cross has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $300 each year
Wellness spending account up to $150 each year
Other health plan information wellness subsidy can be applied to gym membership, health assessment tool, medical second opinion referral program, managing chronic disease program, discount program (called Blue Advantage) for health products and services
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $1,500 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Medavie Blue Cross has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Additional time-off information employees can schedule 2 to 3 family days each year as needed, varying by the employee group, some employees can apply for an unpaid leave of absence (up to 6 months), recently introduced a vacation purchase program

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 7,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 175 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Atlantic Summer Institute Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Diabetes Canada, Boys and Girls Club of Moncton, Canadian Mental Health Association, IWK Foundation/Pathway through Mental Health Care for Post Secondary Setting, Walrus Foundation, Kid's Help Phone
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight As a not-for-profit organization, Medavie Blue Cross commits an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation to support community-based programs. The Foundation supports initiatives addressing child and youth mental health, type-2 diabetes and post traumatic stress disorders, and also maintains a Community Council comprised of employees who work to evaluate grant applications for funding. Employees may also make their own requests through a short essay highlighting what corporate social responsibility means to them.

The Career Directory

Medavie Blue Cross has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Medavie Blue Cross employees collaborating at work

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
Parent company Medavie Inc.
Parent company head office Moncton NB
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Toronto ON, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads Bilingualism may be considered an asset.
Typical new grad positions Underwriter, Sales Representative, Customer Service Representative, Claims Analyst, Administrative Support, Program Analyst
Starting salary $30K to $35K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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