Canadian insurers unite to set up COVID-19 vaccination hub in Quebec

They join other companies based in the province to help speed up the process

Canadian insurers unite to set up COVID-19 vaccination hub in Quebec

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

Several insurance companies have banded together with other Quebec companies to establish a vaccination hub in the Capitale-Nationale region.

The vaccination hub, dubbed the Pôle des entreprises de la Capitale-Nationale (Capitale-Nationale Region Enterprise Hub), will be located in the new cruise terminal at the Port of Quebec, which has offered use of the site as a partner in the initiative.

Insurers participating in the establishment of the vaccination hub include iA Financial Group, Beneva (the entity resulting from the merger between La Capitale and SSQ Insurance), and Promutuel Insurance. The other non-insurance organizations pitching in are the Port of Quebec and its partners (Groupe Desgagnés, Groupe Océan, QSL, G3 Canada Limited, IMTT, Béton provincial), Beenox, and Coveo.

“iA Financial Group’s purpose is to give our clients peace of mind. Participating in the vaccination effort is our way of contributing to this peace of mind, for our employees and our community,” said iA Financial Group president and CEO Denis Ricard.

The hub will be open to the population of the Capitale-Nationale region, including some 15,000 employees of the participating companies and the members of their immediate family. It will respect the order of vaccination priority set by the Quebec government.

A release said that the vaccination hub is expected to vaccinate about 25,000 people starting the end of May. The hub will also remain in service until the end of September. Companies participating in the hub have committed to paying for the costs to set up and operate the initiative.

“I’m very happy and proud that Beneva is joining this shared effort to support the deployment of the vaccination in the Quebec region. The health crisis has affected us all for over a year. It is vital for our organization to act in solidarity and contribute to activities that will make it possible to get people back to their regular lives as soon as possible. By working together, we will come out of the pandemic,” said Beneva president and CEO Jean-François Chalifoux.

“Promutuel Insurance is proud to take part in the Quebec vaccination effort against COVID-19. More than ever, solidarity and cooperation must be at the forefront of our actions to help slow the spread of the virus. This joint effort by companies in the Quebec region is a great example of solidarity and we are happy to be a part of it, as much for employees and their families as for our community,” added Promutuel Insurance CEO Geneviève Fortier.

Reservations for vaccinations will be made available at a later date through the Ministry of Health and Social Service’s Clic Santé platform.

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