An ounce of prevention…

Offering preventative health screening can lead to healthier, less costly employees
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

The Toronto Transit Commission recently provided 12,000 employees with an interesting benefit — its first-ever diabetes screening program. As a workplace with a lot of employees performing rather sedentary tasks, providing such testing pre-emptively made sense. 

And it makes sense for many employers in Canada, where cases of Type 2 diabetes are increasingly on the rise.

“Type 2 diabetes is a significant problem in Canada — the prevalence is rising. It’s doubled from the year 2000 to 2010, and it continues to increase,” says Seema Nagpal, director of public policy and epidemiologist at the Canadian Diabetes Association in Ottawa.