What's New?

Plan Changes

Each year, the Sobeys benefit team reviews the YouFlex plan to ensure that it continues to meet the changing needs of our employees, reflects best practices and that it remains competitive. This year’s annual review resulted in a few plan changes.

  • NEW! We are excited to introduce a virtual health care program to the health care benefit within YouFlex. This will allow you and your family to consult with health professionals virtually, in real time without having to visit a clinic.
  • A virtual health care program provides:
    • Access to nurse practitioners through live chat
    • Video consultations with physicians
    • Prescriptions issued and renewed
    • Referrals to specialists
    • Connection to health professionals within minutes

    More information will be provided to benefits-eligible employees in the coming months as the launch of the program begins

  • Starting May 1, full-time employees are eligible for Parental Leave Top-Up immediately (there is no longer a two-year service requirement).
  • ANOTHER OPTION! We’ve added a new, lower-cost Long Term Disability (LTD) option for those who don’t want as much coverage as offered by the existing options. This new option, called “Core” coverage, provides a benefit equal to 50% of your monthly salary for a maximum benefit period of five years.
    • The current LTD Option 1 will now be known as “Enhanced” coverage and Option 2 will be known as “Premium” coverage. The benefit coverage for these two LTD options is not changing and both still have maximum benefit periods to age 65. Your LTD coverage will stay the same if you do not make any changes at re-enrolment.
  • LifeSpeak. New for Sobeys employees and immediate family members! A digital wellness platform that is available 24/7 with tips on health, fitness, finance, parenting, eldercare, and more! Access the Sobeys LifeSpeak library now at assistance.lifespeak.com, and log in to our group account using our Client Password "lifespeak".

2019 Costs are Changing

Sobeys remains committed to providing you with a benefit plan that balances the coverage you need with costs that are financially sustainable over the long-term. Remember, both you and the Company share the cost of your benefits coverage.

We are pleased to communicate that for 2019, costs for a number of our benefits remain unchanged. These include:

  • Long Term Disability coverage;
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment;
  • Optional Life Insurance;
  • Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance; and
  • Critical Illness coverage.

For 2019, there are some modest changes to employee benefits costs for Health Care and Dental Care. These premiums are going up, but the increase is below the Canadian industry average. You will be able to see the impact of the new costs on you on the YouFlex benefits website during re-enrolment.

You Can Help Keep Costs Low

While health care costs continue to rise, there are things you can do during the year to help keep your costs down. We encourage you to invest in your health, including:

  • Focus on being and staying healthy. It starts with you. Staying healthy is important to maintaining and improving the quality of life for each of us, and our families.
    • Exercising regularly and making smart food choices help to prevent disease and are essential to living a healthy life.
    • Healthy living may also result in fewer trips to a doctor or paramedical practitioner, as well as less reliance on prescription drugs.
  • Get the most value from your plan. Taking responsibility for how you use your benefits will help to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses where you can. It’s important to understand your YouFlex plan, including:
  • Use the tools provided by Medavie Blue Cross. Use the Medavie Blue Cross website or the Medavie Mobile app for benefits information at your fingertips. You can submit claims instantly, get plan information, search for eligibility of prescription drugs or check coverage, sign up for direct deposit—and more!
  • Try to plan ahead. Prioritize how you use your benefit dollars. Knowing how you’re going to use your benefits may influence the coverage you select in the upcoming year.