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AFS Insights: Business Services

Have you heard of Responsible Investing?

Responsible Investing (RI) refers to the incorporation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the selection and management of investments. RI has boomed in recent years as investors have recognized the opportunity for better risk-adjusted returns, while at the same time, contributing to important social and environmental issues. The world of RI is growing,… Read more »

What’s your wellness score?

Has your workplace considered trying a Wellness Challenge? At Arbutus Financial we recently held a challenge over the month of May to build some healthy competition between our Nanaimo and Vancouver based offices and had a lot of fun! We thought we would share the experience with you and the tools we used in case… Read more »

Mental Health Week is May 3-9

CMHA Mental Health Week 2021 It’s the CMHA Mental Health Week, this year the focus is on how naming, expressing, and dealing with our emotions – the ones we like and the ones we don’t – is important for our mental health. Heavy feelings lighten when you put them into words. When we voice our… Read more »

Canadian Federal Budget 2021

News and Views Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2021 Federal Budget on April 19, 2021. It has been a long time coming with the hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget deficit is pegged at $354 billion. There has been much speculation about what kinds of revenue-raising measures would be implemented… Read more »

Updated Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

Planning on traveling for Spring Break? Think again. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice Highlights of the current Travel Restrictions: To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises that you avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and all travel on cruise ships outside of Canada until further notice Travel within… Read more »

Bell Let’s Talk Day

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were 2 times more likely to say their mental health has declined due to the pandemic…. Read more »

How do you feel about working remotely?

Survey finds 80 per cent of employees want remote work to continue post-pandemic. While the shift from driving to the office in a suit to shuffling to a laptop in slippers was supposed to be a temporary reaction to the global health crisis, the majority of employees want it to be a permanent change. The… Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the entire Arbutus Financial team we would like to wish you and your family a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Each year at Thanksgiving we pause to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives and in particular during this pandemic year extra thanks to our family, friends, and clients for… Read more »

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

As we’re rounding off 6 months of life during COVID-19, everyone’s stress levels may be back at an all-time high. But the fall can be a great time to re-energize and re-fresh with the changing of the season, and since we spend the majority of our time working (either at home or in the office)… Read more »

Employee Assistance Programs and Financial Wellness

When thinking of an employee benefits program, what comes first to mind? Life insurance, extended health care, dental? However, one group benefit is becoming ever more popular, and important. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and other wellness programs often can be included in an employee benefits package with little to no cost and provide a wealth… Read more »