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Future Skills Centre, in partnership with Bounc3, released the Improving Quality of Work in Canada: Prioritizing Mental Health with Diverse and Inclusive Benefits report. The research investigates the fundamental link between benefits and quality of work, with a central focus on mental health and well-being, diverse forms of care, and greater inclusion for those without benefits. Based on the profound impact the pandemic had on the workforce, the study aimed to address the cost of not attending to the mental health of Canadians. For the purpose of the study, benefits include financial and non-financial products that support the physical, mental and financial health of workers, including insurance (e.g., life, health, dental, disability), paid sick leave, government-administered employment insurance (EI), and non-financial services such as employee assistance and preventative health and wellness programs.
The research looked at:
- What are the key health-related reasons Canadians take time off work?
- What changes related to benefits emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What are the most significant gaps related to benefits?
- What are the implications for workers and for quality of work of not having benefits?
- What segments experience the most difficulties accessing benefits?
- What are the potential outcomes of investing in the health and well-being of workers?
- What opportunities exist for innovating benefits?
The study found that current benefit models are inadequate to respond to the diversity of the Canadian workforce. For further information about the study, click here.
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