Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Good Friday Holiday - Get Travel Insurance



This coming Friday, March 29, 2013, is our annual Good Friday Holiday in Canada. No matter you are planning to go ski, snowboard, snowshoe or snowmobile up in Whistler, or enjoy the beautiful sunshine in the outer lying islands in Sunshine Coast. Travel insurance is recommended for all.

As we know, government health care plans don't travel with us when travelling outside of our home province, territory or country. Our travel insurance offered by TIC bridges that gap in coverage to help you stay protected during a medical emergency. It is ideal for travellers covered under a Canadian government health insurance plan; Canadians of any age travelling for business or pleasure; or for Canadians travelling within Canada, to the United States or around the world.

TIC’s plan rates are determined by a number of factors, including the plan you choose, your destination and the length of your trip. They also provide multi-trip travel insurance, with baggage lost coverage, accidental death & disablement, flight accidents, trip interruption or rental car collision protection coverage.

Basic Rates:
For worldwide destinations including USA:  starting $2.40 per day.
For worldwide destinations excluding USA:  starting $2.16 per day.
For travel insurance within Canada only:  starting $1.20 per day.

For more information on travel insurance, visit us at www.biis.ca or call 1-888-267-4461. Our staff would be pleased to answer all your inquiries.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Play Safe for Travel



An 18 years old hockey player from Finland was attending school in Canada. After a game, he complained of massive headache. He began vomiting and was taken to the Emergency Room where doctors discovered a brain aneurysm. He required emergency surgery and spent several days in the ICU before transferred to a regular ward. The player's father flew out from Finland to be with his son during his 2 weeks hospitalization.

Without Student Medical Insurance, his out-of-pocket costs would have totaled $57,456.52.

Insurers vary in their definitions and conditions of coverage. So read the summary of benefits; the limitations and exclusions; and some of the key definitions. Understand what you are buying. The peace of mind is worth it.

For more information on travel insurance, visit us at www.biis.ca or call  1-888-267-4461.

     

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vancouver’s Second Annual Macaroon Day – Donation for Charity



Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé started the Annual International Macaroon Day in 1995. Over the years, Macaroon Day has gained international recognition as a way to fundraise for local charities while enjoying delicious macaroons.

Vancouver’s second annual Macaroon Day is coming up on March 20, Vancouverites will be able to partake in a celebration of macaroons that is done all over the world.

Go check with the following Vancouver cafes:

French Made Baking - Macaroons by donation. Customers who visit the shop on Wednesday will receive a macaroon by donation. Money raised goes to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Address: 81 Kingsway Street, Vancouver.

Kitchening & Co. - Boxes of macaroons available through online orders with a minimum donation of $10 for a box of 12. Unless specified, orders will include an assortment of nine current flavors, such as toasted coconut, espresso dark chocolate, and mandarin grapefruit. All of the sales will be going to charities working in the downtown east side. Website: http://macarondayvancouver.com/

Soirette Macaroons & Tea - Macaroons by donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation, hoping to give away up to 1,000 macaroons for a suggested donation of $2 each. Address: 1433 West Pender Street, Vancouver.

Thierry - Special Cherry Blossom macaroon $1.95 (10% of macaroon proceeds go to St-Paul’s Hospital Foundation) The new spring-inspired flavor is a mixture of honey bush tea, honey butter cream, and French pastry chef Thierry Busset’s signature jam filling. Address: 1095 Alberni Street, Vancouver.

Bel Café - offer a new macaroon flavor. Partial proceeds from sales of a strawberry and lemon macaroon ($2 each) will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society Kids’ Picks, which provides healthy, ready-to-eat snacks to children between the ages of 18 months and six years. Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates & Café - offer customers a special promotion consisting of three macaroons and a cup of Mighty Leaf tea for $5. Macaroons ($2 each) are made by a French pastry chef off-site and come in 21 different flavors, including pistachio, Darjeeling tea, mint, and Earl Grey tea. 15 percent of sales will be donated to A Better Life Foundation, a Vancouver-based meal program run by restaurateur Mark Brand and Canuck Place co-founder Joanne Griffiths. Address: 29-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver.


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Without travel insurance could ruin your vacation plans


As we know, spring break is almost here and thousands of families will either be going to travel in inner part of British Columbia or heading south to the States for travel. Lots of visitors may also be planning to come to enjoy the beautiful sunshine in Canada. 

According to the latest travel report from TD Bank, over half of all British Columbians say they never buy travel insurance.

It came to us that most people might not realize MSP benefits are limited outside BC, and in fact one night in an American hospital could cost up to $10,000.

Basic travel medial insurance usually includes things like hospital accommodations, physicians bills, diagnostic tests, lab cost, prescriptions, and private duty nurses would be included. However, when buying insurance make sure you disclose any pre-existing conditions, and read all the fine details in the coverage summary, or otherwise your claims might be questioned or get rejected by some insurance companies.

There are some useful tips which can help to reduce risks when you are travelling within or outside Canada.

1.       Make sure you have enough travel insurance – Dealing with a bad bout of food poisoning, a broken leg, or a deep cut is tough enough to deal with at home, but it becomes even more complicated in a different country. The average out-of-country in-hospital bill can cost up to $10,000 per day, but most provinces will pay less than 10 per cent of that.  Look for a policy that provides a minimum of $1 million of emergency medical coverage, offers 24/7 assistance and covers emergency transportation.

2.       Don’t assume your insurance covers everything – Ensure you understand what you’re covered for, especially when it comes to pre-existing conditions and limitations. If you’ve had a visit to the hospital or switched medications in the past six months, be sure to check in with your insurance provider. For more adventurous activities like hang-gliding or parasailing, you may also need supplementary. Don’t forget to check government travel advisories too before you take off, because serious warnings may void your policy.

3.      Keep updated with travellers news and be careful with fraud while travelling – Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean fraudsters are. Stumbling upon free internet may seem like a stroke of luck but be wary. Over one-third of British Columbians (38 per cent) admit they have performed online financial transactions or sent e-mails with sensitive information over public Wi-Fi or on public computers while travelling. This can leave you at risk to identity theft. Be vigilant by only using secure networks. For extra protection, consider identity theft insurance, which covers financial losses and provides an expert to work on your behalf to restore your reputation if you fall victim.


Bridges International Insurance Services
Suite 901- 1030 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6E 2Y3
1-888-267-4461/ 1-604-408-8695 ext 106
info@biis.ca (www.biis.ca)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Medical providers in Canada

When you get injured or sick while you are in Canada, where would you go?

Family doctor
Usually family physicians in cities will not take temporary residents as patients. It is unrealistic to expect family physicians to see visitors or International Experience Canada Makers (formerly known as Working Holiday).

Walk-in clinic
Anybody can visit a walk-in clinic to see a physician. If the physician thinks you need to see a specialist, you will be referred. Walk-in clinics are suitable for consulting with a medical doctor for minor sickness or injury.

Emergency at hospital
The Emergency Ward is open for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If your condition requires emergency treatment, you need to go to the emergency department of the hospital. When other patients are in life or death situations, you may wait for a long time to receive medical attention.

Injured while working
When you are employed, injuries caused at a work place should be covered by the Workers’ Compensation Board. You need to report your injury immediately to your employer.



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Friday, March 1, 2013

Canada Welcomes 9,353 newcomers through Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in 2012


















Canada’s fastest-growing immigration stream welcomed a record 9,353 newcomers in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) makes Canada more competitive in attracting and retaining the best and brightest individuals with the skills we need. These are people who have already demonstrated their ability to integrate into the Canadian labour market and society,” said Minister Kenney. “The CEC allows these skilled and educated individuals to bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage.

This is 34 percent more than the 2012 target of 7,000. Admissions in the CEC, which targets skilled immigrants, are up 55.2 percent from 2011.

Introduced in 2008, CEC is an immigration option for international student graduates and skilled foreign workers with professional, managerial and skilled work experience in Canada. Unlike other programs, CEC allows an applicant’s experience in Canada to be considered a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada.

Recently, Citizenship and Immigration Canada streamlined the CEC work experience requirement to make the program faster and more flexible for applicants. As of January 2, 2013, applicants require 12 months of full-time Canadian work experience and now have more time, up to 36 months, to earn it.



Bridges International Insurance Services
Suite 901- 1030 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6E 2Y3
1-888-267-4461/ 1-604-408-8695 ext 106
info@biis.ca (www.biis.ca)

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