Unifor and Aleafia Health enter into exclusive agreement to support members with medical cannabis coverage


Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

An exclusive 10-year agreement that has been secured by Unifor and Aleafia Health Inc. will support union members, retirees and their dependents who receive medical cannabis coverage. The deal has been confirmed through Unifor’s collective bargaining agreements.

“Unifor members across the country deserve access to the benefits of medical cannabis coverage through their benefits. As a union we will support our local bargaining committees to add this coverage where possible,” said the National President of Unifor, Jerry Dias.

Thanks to the agreement, medical cannabis product insurance reimbursement and physician-led cannabinoid therapy will be granted to the aforementioned recipient groups. No other agreement has granted legal cannabis insurance access in Canadian history.

“This agreement will provide thousands of union members and their families with improved and affordable access to medical cannabis care, and ultimately be one of the largest breakthroughs in patient access since the early days of legalization in Canada,” said the CEO of Aleafia Health, Geoffrey Benic. 

“Our dedicated team of medical professionals and program managers are excited to begin working directly with Unifor members and launching this program.”

Who is Unifor?

Licensed Canadian cannabis company Unifor acts as the largest union in Canada’s private sector, since it represents 315,000 workers in all avenues of the economy. A team of experts are employed by the union to fight for equality and social justice.

Who is Aleafia?

This vertically-integrated and federally-licensed Canadian cannabis company offers a patient-focused healthcare solution via its operated medical clinics, education centers and cannabis production facilities. 

Through its subsidiaries, members are provided with a customized wellness regime, including cannabis education, virtual physician consultation and medical authorization. Aleafia also allows for scheduled home delivery and product ordering services in a single business day.

Over 75,000 patients receive care through this specialist cannabinoid therapy company, which utilizes a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system to enable close collaboration between Unifor members’ family doctor and Canabo physicians.

Who is Canabo?

Both virtual and phone appointments are available through Canabo Medical Clinics, which serve patients in every single Canadian province. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began proliferating across North America and the rest of the world, Canabo has tweaked its services to provide patients with expert consultations and care from the comfort of their own home.

Aleafia’s flagship medical cannabis brand Emblem will broaden product options for patients 

Back in 2019, Aleafia completed a merger with Emblem Cannabis Corporation its flagship medical cannabis brand. Emblem’s product range includes a diversity of oils, vapes, capsules, sprays, sublingual strips and dried flower cultivars. Emblem is also set to roll out a brand new range of CBD products that will further satisfy the patient demographic.