Benefits...Do you pay or does your employer pay??

  1. Was talking to a friend who works in Ontario, she said that benefits are not "free" there, that she pays a minimum fee towards dental and medical.
    What about the rest of the provinces?


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  3. by   fergus51
    Benefits...what are those?...Us casual workers don't have to worry about that...
  4. by   bigjay
    Yes, I work at Credit Valley in Missassauga and we do pay a bit towards our benefits as well.
  5. by   leesonlpn
    For full-time employees, benefits are paid for.(British Columbia)
  6. by   nursy_ann
    I got to pay a little for insurances..and the employer pay a little too. I'm from Qubec
  7. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    In Manitoba we pay some part for all of our benefits. Our (really pathetic) dental plan costs $3.99 a month. Long-term disability is a percentage of gross income, and it takes anywhere from one to five years to become approved for once you're disabled! Short term disability is simply whatever sick time you've accrued to date, unless you're hurt on the job and can prove it. Basic life insurance (one year's gross pay, currently third lowest in Canada)is provided, but any additional insurance is paid for by the individual. Private medical insurance (Blue Cross) is quite costly for the coverage you get, and does not include vision care. Parking in the hospital lot is $67 a month... if you can get into it. Employment insurance is, as the Canadian nurses on the board will know, horrendously expensive and almost impossible to obtain in the event of losing your job, because if you quit, you aren't covered.
  8. by   elanurse
    I have not yet worked within the hospital system however in any standard job employees usually pay a small premium towards their benefit package. Some of this may be to pay the tax on taxable benefits such as LTD in order that in the event of you claiming you are not taxed at that time. You will usually find that Dental and Vision are the costly factors of a plan and it depends on the package your employer has as to how good it is.
  9. by   kathkrn
    I work at a ONA (union) and a non-union hospital. At both, part of our benefits are paid for by the employer and we pay as well.
  10. by   Heather56
    In BC benfits are paid for full and part-time permenent employees (bcnu). If you are casual and have worked aprox. 175 hrs you can enrol in the benefits program and pay monthly. If you then work at least 940 hours between Oct. 1st and Sept. 30 your employer refunds in a lump sum the amount paid out that year so it works out okay.
  11. by   adrienurse
    I work for the Winnipeg RHA and packages with Blue Cross are different in each facility (same union, go figure). My current premiums are considered to be low (about $20/mo), and the coverage is really crappy. No vision care and last time I went to the dentist, it didn't even cover the whole cost of cleaning & checkup. What the h3ll is that about?
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  13. by   Mattigan
    Oklahoma and employer pays fullcost of medical and dental if FT.
    PT employees working 20 hours a week or more get medical /dental as well.
  14. by   adrienurse
    No wonder so many Canadian nurses come to work in the States.