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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Links

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Links

This article will be updated as information is made available. Last Updated Friday, May 29, 2020.

In response to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we have compiled some helpful links that provide information about the Government of Canada’s response to the virus as well as information provided by various insurance carriers.

Official COVID-19 Updates

Information about the spread of COVID-19 in Canada can be found on the Government of Canada’s website here:

Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Updates

At the time of publishing, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. As such, taking personal and corporate precautionary measures is important.

Being Prepared as a Workplace

Detailed information from the WHO on getting your workplace ready for the coronavirus can be found here:

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared

Group Benefits Considerations

Travel Benefits

Group benefits travel coverages may not be valid if travelling to a country with the following travel advisories issued:

  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Avoid all travel

Any travel to a region with a travel advisory is strongly discouraged and can result in the denial of travel medical claims. Up to date information on current travel advisories issued by the Government of Canada can be found here:

Travel Advice and Advisories
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice

For more information about your group benefits travel coverage, view the links below or talk to your advisor or travel provider directly. Contact information can be found on your benefits booklet or you plan administration or plan member site.

Group Benefits Coverage Questions

Should you have any questions regarding benefit coverages, please contact your group benefits advisor, or the appropriate provider directly.

Specific Insurance Carrier Communications

For more information on insurance carrier specific coronavirus literature please see the links below.

Alberta Blue Cross

https://ab.bluecross.ca/news/covid-19-updates.php
https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/news/covid-19-claims-submission.php

Allianz Global Assistance

https://www.allianz-assistance.ca/en_CA/press-and-media/press-and-media.html

Chubb

COVID-19 Resource Centre

Desjardins Insurance

https://www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com/en/group-insurance-plan-members/need-help/travel-assistance
https://www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com/en/faq/faq-group-insurance-coronavirus
Desjardins FAQ for Plan members.pdf

Empire Life

https://www.empire.ca/sites/default/files/2020-02/Coronavirus_FAQ_Flyer_BD_Canada-EN-web.pdf

Equitable Life

https://mailchi.mp/equitable/coronavirus-pa-enews-english-mar-13-2020?e=ef94ab4b85
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COVID-19 FAQ
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GOeVisit

GOeVisit Coronavirus Screening Mar 2020.pdf
GOeVisit COVID-19 vf.pdf
GOeVisit Major Announcement Covid 19 vF.pdf

Green Shield Canada

https://support.greenshield.ca/SupportCentre/Home/Home/DocumentsByTopic/region_coronavirus
Green Shield Coronavirus FAQ.pdf
https://www.greenshield.ca/en-ca/news/stories/digital-health-services-you-can-count-on
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Homewood Health

https://homewoodhealth.com/corporate/blog/covid-19-services-update
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HumanaCare

HumanaCare COVID-19.pdf

Manulife

https://www.manulife.ca/content/dam/manulife-advisor-portal/documents/en/other/gbrs/newsroom/manulife-gb-novel-coronavirus-faqe.pdf

Medavie Blue Cross

https://www.medaviebc.ca/en/covid19

MyCare

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National HealthClaim

Answer to Questions About COVID-19 Expenses.pdf

Pacific Blue Cross

https://www.pac.bluecross.ca/covid19/
https://www.pac.bluecross.ca/advisorresource/covid19/
https://www.pac.bluecross.ca/news-articles/coronavirus-and-your-benefits/
https://www.pac.bluecross.ca/advisorresource/advisor-news/covid-19-and-your-benefits-plan-frequently-asked-questions/
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RSA

RSA COVID-19 RTI Partners Communication 03132020.pdf

Sun Life

https://sunlife.ca/sponsorcovid19
https://www.sunlife.ca/slf/sunhub/Content+for+Clients/ci.Seven+simple+ways+to+avoid+the+flu.mobile?vgnLocale=en_CA
https://www.sunlife.ca/static/canada/Sponsor/About%20Group%20Benefits/Focus%20Update/2020/931/931_Focus_SA.pdf
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Tugo

https://www.tugo.com/en/travel-insurance/faq/

Unistar

Unistar Coronavirus Bulletin - Short Term Disability Insurance.pdf
Unistar Multi Employer Trust COVID-19 - Mar 31 2020.pdf