MAY 2023
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Nick Lall
Head of Group Benefits, Member Support Team

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As we serve our diverse CCCC membership, we are so pleased to see Christian ministries supporting and caring for their employees by providing them and their families with health insurance. Furthermore, the inclusion of an updated and relevant HR policy and an employee pension plan in the compensation package present a comprehensive demonstration of intentional stewardship of the highly valuable resource a ministry has in its staff members.

We understand that developing and administering staff stewardship plans can come with complex questions, such as selecting appropriate coverage and understanding tax implications. As your partner, the CCCC is here to support you throughout this process.

Our Bulletin this month features an introduction to Critical Illness Insurance and its relevance to ministries operating in Canada. We invite you to register for our online "Critical Illness Coverage Information Session" hosted with our partners Allstate Insurance on June 7th. We’re also bringing your attention to a guide on the taxability of premiums that we’ve added to our existing material on Group Benefits. And we've consolidated the Budgeting Resources section of our Knowledge Base for ease of use.

As you read and implement our resources, please know that we always appreciate any feedback you may wish to provide. Your voice helps shape our support for you and all our member ministries across Canada! 

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The what and why of critical illness

Critical Illness (CI) coverage provides a lump-sum payment for illnesses such as heart attack, stroke, and cancer. Employers can offer this insurance as part of their employee benefits. Unlike disability insurance, CI pays a lump sum amount at diagnosis, providing accessibility to treatments and preserving the person's quality of life as they face illness. Learn more about CI coverage and how it can help your ministry.

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Budgeting Resources

At times, Christian charities feel a tension between being realistic and faith-filled while budgeting. Planning your finances is a significant investment of time that seldom predicts outcomes perfectly. However, planning is encouraged in Scripture. CCCC has resources that help you budget in a way that builds margin, adds flexibility, avoids errors, and easily provides accurate reports to your board and donors. Learn more from this collection.

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Are premiums taxable? - New Chart

Each province and territory taxes insurance benefits according to their own regulations. If your charity is considering new benefits for your employees, like Critical Illness, this handy new chart will help you with your cost calculations.

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What's New in the Knowledge Base

The CCCC Knowledge Base is always changing and growing. This page is where we highlight major changes to the site and resources. It is also a record of what we are learning about technology, remote work, and collaborative information sharing. See a list of new and revised resources for each month.

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MAXIMIZE YOUR membership
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Learn more about CCCC's Group Health Insurance Plan and request a free quote

No matter the size of your organization, CCCC has a benefit package to meet your need for extended healthcare, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, or dental and vision benefit coverage.

Read more here.

Quick Picks

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CCCC staff are constantly reading news, reports, and other resources to stay on top of developments in the charitable sector. We think you'll find these picks helpful!


Watch our Fireside Chat now!

Watch our Fireside Chat with Tony Manconi, former Director General of Charities Directorate with the CRA, and Pamela Shin, Partner in the Tax Group at Dentons. We discuss trends and challenges in the charitable sector and answer your questions on topics like CRA compliance and setting up a charity. It's available now for CCCC members on our website. Not yet a CCCC member? This recording has been made available to you as a free resource available here.

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Other notable upcoming events

May 24, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET - Accreditation Information Session

June 7, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET - Critical Illness Coverage Information Session

June 21, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET - Stewardship of Your Ministry's Investments


Congratulations to our Accredited Members!

Congratulations to the following Accredited Members who recently participated in a scheduled Accreditation review and demonstrated their ongoing commitment to CCCC Accreditation standards: Tearfund Canada, Siloam Mission, Inc., Peace River Bible Institute, Briercrest College and Seminary, and Providence University College. We are proud to have you as part of our Accredited Member community!

To find out more about CCCC Accreditation and our Accredited members, visit

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(519) 669-5137

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