Waterloo - Manulife Financial has been contracted by Canada Post to implement its Integrated Absence Solution product for their National Disability Management Program across Canada, representing the largest sale ever for Manulife Financial’s Group Benefits business and the largest in the benefits industry since 1995.
“This program is a great example of how we continue to leverage our national disability management capabilities,” said Rick Brunet, Executive Vice President, Group Benefits, for Manulife’s Canadian Division. “Manulife is uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of group benefits services and this is an important opportunity to again set ourselves apart from our key competitors and others in the industry.”
Canada Post is one of the country’s largest employers. To service the contract, Manulife has opened a new Absence Management Solutions office in Ottawa, in addition to expanding in four other offices across Canada, Mr. Brunet added.
“This business partnership is a great opportunity for Canada Post to align its disability-management program with industry best practices and to provide employees high quality support during times of illness or injury”, said Nicole Goodfellow, General Manager, Human Performance Excellence at Canada Post. “Ensuring that our disability-management programs meet the needs of our employees and their team leaders will help us achieve our goal to become one of the best places to work in Canada.”
Manulife Financial’s Group Benefits unit is an industry leader in health benefit management. It provides a broad range of coverage to millions of Canadians; including health and dental care, emergency travel assistance, short and long term disability, absence management services and wellness products, flex plans, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
Manulife’s Integrated Absence Solution is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that is customized to support Canada Post’s National Disability Management Program for the medical management of absences due to illness or injury. The program provides hands-on case management services to the front line manager and the employee to support the employee’s safe and timely return to health and work.
Integrated Absence Solutions is part of Manulife Financial Group Benefits’ WellConnected® suite of Absence Management Solutions.
About Canada Post
Canada Post delivers over 11 billion pieces of mail each year to 14 million destinations. Its 60,000 employees and 7,000 post offices - the largest retail network in the country - serve 32 million Canadians and over 1 million businesses and public institutions from coast to coast to coast. In 2006, net income for Canada Post and its affiliates, which include Purolator Courier Ltd., Progistix-Solutions Inc. and Innovapost (jointly owned by Canada Post and CGI), was CDN$ 119 million on revenues of CDN$ 7.3 billion. Canada Post is a world leader, providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions, creating value for our customers, employees and Canadians. Website: http://www.canadapost.ca
About Manulife Financial Group Benefits
Manulife Financial Group Benefits offers supplementary benefits above basic Provincial Medicare plans including drug, health, dental, life, disability and other health benefits.
More than 16,000 Canadian businesses, representing more than eight million Canadians, have entrusted their employee benefit programs to Manulife Group Benefits. Manulife Financial Group Benefits provides coverage for businesses with two employees to Canada’s largest employers. In 2006, premiums and revenues of Manulife Group Benefits were $5.5 billion.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$426 billion (US$370 billion) as at March 31, 2007
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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