According to the results of the most recent Sun Life Canadian Health Index, more than three-quarters of Canadians believe that all employees have the right to an employer-sponsored health benefits plan.

In a press release issued today, Sun Life said 77 per cent of respondents “feel all employees are entitled to receive a health benefits plan sponsored by their employer.” Of these respondents, 49 per cent strongly agreed that employees are entitled to these benefits, while 27 per cent “somewhat” agreed

Essential part of health care system

Commenting on the results, Brigitte Parent, Sun Life’s Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits, said, "Workplace health benefits play an essential part in our health care system because they help Canadians pay for medical expenses that aren't typically covered by their provincial plan, covering nearly $30 billion per year in health care expenditures." She added, "Canadians and their families have come to depend on these health benefits as they provide tremendous support towards their physical, mental and financial well-being."

Sun Life’s survey was based on the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between September 19 and September 30, 2016. For more findings and results, visit