Mar 28, 2017 bcrfauser01

We are excited to announce a new partnership with BC Ministry of Agriculture to deliver a new promotion for BC food and beverages in restaurants called EAT DRINK LOCAL.

“We received the approval last week, and are enthusiastic about the potential to grow the awareness and sales of fine local flavours prepared and paired by BC chefs,” says Ian Tostenson, BCRFA president and CEO.

The highlight of the campaign will be a one-month dining promotion in restaurants across the province. Efforts to promote local cuisine will be year round with online dining guides, regional spotlights, local food and beverage growing maps and calendars as well as chef, farmer and producer profiles. All styles of restaurants, from cafés to pubs and from casual to fine dining will be eligible to participate.

“Now that we have the approval we are gearing up and putting the details in place that will allow us to move from creating the plan to execution and logistics”, says project manager Samantha Scholefield. “We are asking interested restaurants and food service outlets to join our EAT DRINK LOCAL mailing list so we can update them as the details are confirmed.”

For restaurants, the key ways to participate will be:

  • Participating in the fall EAT DRINK LOCAL dining promotion by submitting your application and your BC fresh local food fresh sheet. Beverage pairings with BC wine, beer, cider and spirits will be encouraged.
  • Submitting your chef profile for inclusion on our section on culinary leaders.
  • Submitting your promotions (weekly or monthly) that relate to local food and beverage in your business.
  • Attending business sessions on increasing local on your menu and building your sales.

As a farmer, producer or processor of BC Food & Beverage, we encourage you to submit a profile of your business for inclusion on our website including:

  • Your region of BC
  • Your local products
  • Profiles of the people behind your operation (the leaders behind what you do)

As a wholesaler or local food and beverage specialty supplier, we want you involved as well. Help us help restaurants access more restaurants serving a broader range of BC food and beverage products.

“Being a contributor to the success and growth of BC’s agrifood and seafood sector is something that restaurateurs can be proud of, we’re couldn’t be prouder of this project” says Tostenson. “Working with restaurateurs creates an exciting platform for innovation with local products and will get residents and visitors alike engaged with local food and drink.”

Come back here for details on this opportunity to drive business for British Columbia restaurants of all kinds.

Mar 13, 2017 bcrfauser01

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.

E-Newsletter – March 3, 2017.
Mar 03, 2017 bcrfauser01

Check out our E-Newsletter March 3, 2017.  http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=420e1dfba567033b186e46372&id=df09899d35