December 2007 Focus Update on Legislation

Here’s a summary of 2007 Focus Update newsletters that dealt with various legislative issues.

Issue # and date





# 107 February

Legislation in 2006

A summary of some of the significant legislation in 2006 and its impact on group benefits plans.


# 108 February

Ontario’s Bill 151 good news for some ASO contract holders

Ontario’s Bill 151 is good news for some ASO contract holders. It puts Funded and Unfunded ASO plans on equal footing from an Ontario Retail Sales Tax (ORST) perspective.


# 117 June

Nova Scotia and B.C. to eliminate mandatory retirement

On March 29, 2007, Nova Scotia introduced Bill 163, An Act Respecting the Elimination of Mandatory Retirement. On March 29, 2007, Nova Scotia introduced Bill 163, An Act Respecting the Elimination of Mandatory Retirement.


# 121 July

Quebec amends basic drug plan


Quebec has announced some changes to the parameters of the basic drug plan administered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).


# 123 July

Alberta pharmacists can now prescribe certain drugs

Effective April 1, 2007, pharmacists in Alberta have the authority to prescribe certain drugs, administer some injections, and play a bigger role in medication management


Update on Ontario’s Bill 102

Since early 2006 we’ve been following Ontario initiatives aimed at improving its provincial drug system.


Issues at heart of Cancer Care Ontario proposal felt right across Canada

Since May 2006 we’ve been following a Cancer Care Ontario proposal that would allow Ontario hospitals to sell and administer some cancer drugs [e.g. intravenous (IV) cancer drugs] on a patient-pay basis.


New Quebec Drug Policy may affect group benefits plans

The Quebec Drug Policy focuses on: access to drugs; reasonable prices for therapies; optimum drug use; and maintaining a thriving pharmaceutical industry in the province.



Saskatchewan Seniors’ Drug Program

Under the Saskatchewan program, seniors will pay no more than $15 per prescription for drugs in the Saskatchewan Drug Formulary.


# 125 September

Ontario Ministry of Revenue issues a Retail Sales Tax Information Notice for ASO benefits plans

The notice provides information on Funded and Unfunded benefits plans and addresses the changes announced in Ontario’s Bill 151.

More details on these can be found in the Focus Update archives at Focus Update 2007.