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To create the most favourable environment for our members to succeed.


Memberships range from 275 to 350 per year.

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Our research shows that members experience higher revenue growth, better knowledge and lower operating costs compared to non-members.


Mar 13, 2017

What is the BCRFA Group Benefit Plan?

One of the perks of being a member of the BC RFA is access to exclusive products.  BCRFA has partnered with Morneau Shepell to offer members a group benefits program for businesses with 2+ employees.

Why would I use the BCRFA group benefit plan? What makes it different than other plans?

Thanks to your associations’ strength in numbers, we can deliver flexible benefits – a tailored plan that fits your business and your employees – at a lower cost. Bulk buying power also extends to the renewal where you’ll have increased rate stability. The program was created with the Tech industry in mind to offer competitive and comprehensive benefits that allow you to attract top talent.

Who insures the BCRFA plan?

The program is insured by Pacific Blue Cross, one of the only non-profit insurers in Canada, and is British Columbia’s leading benefits provider for over 75 years. The plan is run by Morneau Shepell, a National Health & Benefits Consulting firm who has been the benefits partner with the BCRFA for over 15 years.

What if I am not a member of the BCRFA?

Membership has its benefits.  Want to start enjoying BC RFA member benefits? Join today!

What does the plan cover?

The base features of the plan include:

  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Extended Health and Prescription Drugs
  • Dental Care

Optional features include Short and Long Term Disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Dependent Life, the Employee Assistance Program and vision. Additionally employers may choose to increase flexibility with a Healthcare Spending Account. The group benefits team at Morneau Shepell will work with you to create a plan design that fits your budget and needs.

What if my employees already have coverage through their spouse? Do they have to be on the plan?

All employees will need to participate in the group benefits plan, but some benefits, like the health and dental can be waived if an employee’s spouse has coverage through their employer sponsored group benefits plan.

What does the plan cost?

The cost of the plan depends on many factors such as your employee mix, and the plan design you choose. The average cost per single is about $77 per month or $17.77 per pay assuming a 50% cost share.  For a family the average cost is about $183 per month of $42.23 per pay. We can design a plan to fit almost any budget.

What medical questions are required?

One of the features of a group benefits plan is there are no medical questions for the health and dental plan. Other benefits like Life insurance and disability coverage have some coverage with no medical questions.

I already have a plan. Can I still join the BCRFA plan?

Yes, Morneau Shepell will work with you to compare your current benefit plan to the BC RFA plan and move your group plan into the BCRFA block.

I’m already working with a group benefits advisor.

Morneau Shepell can work with any group benefits insurance company. They can help you compare insurance quotes from other insurers to the BCRFA plan and set up your benefits.

How do I get a quote?

Getting a quote is quick and easy. Contact mvallis@MorneauShepell.com to get started.

This sounds like a lot of work!

Quoting and setting up a group benefits plan is easy. The benefits team at Morneau Shepell will handle all the hard work and assist with any forms that are required. After the plan is set up, Morneau Shepell will host an employee meeting to review the new plan with your members and actively service your plan.

BCRFA Hall of Fame Inductees
Feb 07, 2017

BCRFA announces 2016 Hall Of Fame inductees and Restaurant Award Nominees

Vancouver, BC – February 7, 2017 – The BCRFA is thrilled to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. Voted on by BCRFA members over the month of November, these award winners embody what the BC restaurant scene is all about.

2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees:

Active Restaurateur Award:

Peter Zambri – Owner/Chef, Zambri’s

Darren Flintoff – President, Stonewater Group/Mr. Mikes

Back of House Award:

James Kennedy – Training Chef/Chef de Cuisine, White Spot

Front of House Award:

Margot Baloro – Restaurant Operations, Manager Forage & Timber

Supplier Award:

Doug Ramsay – Managing Director, Premium Brands  

Dave Halstead – Corporate Direct Sales, Squirrel Systems

Friend of Industry Award:

Fred Lee – Media/Social Media Personality, Fred About Town, CBC, Vancouver Courier

“These inductees have truly exhibited the highest levels of excellence in their respective categories,” says BCRFA HOF Chair Bill Waring. “They bring our province both honour and pride, and exemplify the best of our industry by demonstrating leadership, strong character and dedication.”

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, this year, the BCRFA has also added the addition of new award categories. Nominees for each category below were nominated by the industry and the winners will be chosen by the public. For the full list of restaurant nominees and to VOTE for your favorite restaurant, visit www.bcrfahalloffame.com

Best Restaurant Award; Multi-unit

Best Restaurant Award; Independent

Best Restaurant Award: New Restaurant

Best Restaurant Award: Creative

Best Restaurant Award: Social Multi Unit

Best Restaurant Award: Social Independent

Voting is open to the public until 11:59pm PST on March 24th, 2017.

Inductees will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame and the awards winners announced on May 8th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year, the BCRFA is thrilled to announce the next step in the growth of the event, by hosting an upscale gala with the program featuring a decadent three-course dinner, signature cocktails, musical entertainment and unique auction, dancing and local celebrity emcees, Jay Demerit and Ann Luu.

In addition, in recognition of their incredible work feeding hungry children across British Columbia and Canada, The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Awards is pleased to align with the Breakfast Club of Canada as the charity of choice for the evening.

Tickets to the BCRFA Hall of Fame awards gala can be purchased at: www.bcrfahalloffame.com