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Employee Benefits Program

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The ONN Employee Benefits Program, available exclusively to ONN members.

The first offering from the ONN Purchasing Program, the ONN Employee Benefits Program is part of our commitment to supporting Decent Work in the nonprofit sector. We strongly believe that employee benefits are vital to a strong and healthy nonprofit labour force.

With our experienced partners, we put together a benefits plan that would be attractive enough for larger organizations to consider, yet flexible enough to accommodate smaller organizations that wouldn’t otherwise be able to procure employee benefits.



Happy work: Employee well-being & organizational success | May 10, 2017

In this webinar tailored for nonprofit employers and employees, we explored what it takes to truly create a culture of well-being and in turn make a positive impact on employee health, productivity, and mission.

In this webinar, learn about:

  • Why employee health and well-being needs to be a key part of your operational plan;
  • Understanding the true cost of chronic disease; and
  • How the workplace can affect employee health.

Get the best value from your benefits | November 30, 2016

Great employees are one of the most valuable resources for the nonprofit sector, making staff health and satisfaction critical. A comprehensive benefits plan can significantly affect staff health, satisfaction and retention. This is where we’re here to help! Learn how to get the right coverage for your organization and more about ONN’s Employee Benefits Program and how to get the most out of your benefits plan.

In this webinar, learn about:

  • Mandatory vs. Non-Mandatory Coverage

  • Employment Termination and Group Benefit Coverage

  • The ABC’s of Benefit Enrolment

  • Life Waiver of Premium Benefit

  • Disability Management Services for Short-Term Absences

Employee Benefits for the nonprofit sector | May 25, 2016

In this webinar, learn everything your organization needs to know about the ONN Employee Benefits Program, including:

  • The background and process behind selecting Cowan as our partner, and the development of the program

  • A description of the program: what’s included, who it applies to, and its advantages

  • Detailed information about how to join

  • Bonus! As part of its commitment to provide ongoing value-added services, Cowan will give a short talk on pressing employee-related issues

Benefits News & Updates

Cowan Insurance Group Fall seminar summary – Empower Employees and Drive Your Bottom-Line | November 9, 2016

Check out the seminar summary for the high-level details of the day which focused on topics and industry trends that help employers improve employee engagement and productivity, while maintaining the cost-effectiveness of their benefit plans.

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Our Partners

Working with our purchasing partner, Round Table Procurement Services (RTPS), we went through an extensive public RFP (request for proposal) process. The selection process was supported by our Employee Benefits Supplier Selection Working Group, a volunteer group of dedicated nonprofit sector representatives with expertise and background in employee benefits purchasing. We extend a big thank you to our Purchasing Advisory Committee who supported us throughout this process.

We are pleased to partner with Cowan Insurance Group on this program. Cowan, an Ontario firm that has supported the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, will bring its experience to administer the program and provide expert advice on topics and questions you may have related to the benefits program.

The benefits program is underwritten by Manulife Financial, a leading Canadian-based financial services company. 

The selection of Cowan and Manulife represents the first of many Preferred Supplier solutions to be made available under the ONN Purchasing Program. Look for more exciting announcements in the coming weeks!

Why Join?

By pooling small group benefit dollars together with those of large groups, our program is able to offer stable rates, greater flexibility in benefits choices, and coverage for some groups that might otherwise have difficulty finding benefits.

The program was designed with options and choices to meet your organizations needs. We offer packaged plans that are ideal for organizations with less than 20 employees and customized plans for those with 20+ employees. Benefits can be switched or added to at any time – creating a perfect fit for your organization now and as needs change.

More About the Program

We are proud to introduce an easy, flexible and cost-effective benefits package for you and your employees that offers:

  • Comprehensive and flexible options
  • Lower expenses and stable premiums
  • Regular plan enhancements
  • Ease of administration
  • Exceptional claims service
  • Higher maximums and non-evidence limits