The need

Self Employed workers and Small businesses are a growing segment of the British Columbia economy who are driven by an increasing number of self-employed and small business owners choosing to open local businesses rather than work for national or global organizations. Vancity has a significant presence in the small business community with approximately 20,000 self-employed members (individuals), 10,000 small business members (2-3 people) and approximately 10,000 small business members. In addition to the financial uncertainties all small business owners must overcome, Vancity members are feeling the effects of affordability issues in the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island. With an increasing demand for small business financial solutions and advice, Vancity has identified a significant opportunity to grow with impact by delivering a more comprehensive suite of solutions to meet the specific needs of self-employed and small businesses in their local communities.

About Vancity

British Columbia focused, Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union, offering a full range of financial products and services for individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. As a co-operative, Vancity is owned by its members and is committed to values-based banking with the goal of improving the health and sustainability of their local communities.

As a value-based organization, Vancity understands that small business owners, freelancers, and others working in the gig-economy are some of the most vulnerable in the business community. Vancity is here to help these businesses flourish, and providing a flexible benefit plan is just one piece of that goal.

About Pacific Blue Cross

Pacific Blue Cross has been British Columbia’s leading benefits provider for over 75 years. As a not-for-profit service organization, we provide workplace and personal solutions that support the full continuum of care including health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage. We are the largest direct to consumer health insurance provider in British Columbia, which affords unparalleled experience in the self-employed and small business marketplace. Our portfolio of products and services is designed to give our members the ability to choose what works best for them and their families at every stage of life.

Today’s evolving health care system demands a new kind of health benefits company. Pacific Blue Cross is committed to delivering value to our members through a personalized health experience, by offering flexible solutions to match the changing health care landscape. Through our individual and group business channels we have developed key learnings, insights and products focused on the self-employed and small business market. Combining our participation in the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, our access to the North American Blue Cross network, and our dedicated local presence, we are well positioned to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse members, stakeholders and communities that we serve.

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