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Ontario DB pension plans’ average solvency ratio increases to 122% in Q1 2024: FSRA

The average projected solvency ratio for Ontario defined benefit pension plans was 122 per cent as of March 31, 2024, up three per cent from…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article detailing a stark increase in the use of obesity medications among Canadian employer-sponsored benefits plan members was the most-read article on this…

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  • June 14, 2024 June 13, 2024
  • 09:00

UPP generates net return of 10.2% in 2023, net assets increase to $11.7BN

The University Pension Plan generated a net return of 10.2 per cent in 2023, up from a 9.1 per cent loss in 2022, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • June 12, 2024 June 12, 2024
  • 15:00

Medicus Pension Plan reports 158% funded status at start of 2024

The Medicus Pension Plan, a defined benefit multi-employer pension plan designed exclusively for incorporated physicians in Canada, reported a funded status of 158 per cent…

Coverage of the 2024 Global Investment Conference

On April 10-12, the Canadian Investment Review hosted a group of delegates, including defined benefit plan sponsors, asset managers and academics, in Alberta for the 2024 Global…

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2024 June 6, 2024
  • 08:00

2024 Global Investment Conference: How institutional investors can leverage their influence with stewardship goals

Active ownership, accompanied by a concrete set of stewardship goals, is critical for long-term value creation, said Delaney Greig, director of investor stewardship at the…

2024 Global Investment Conference: A look at evolving retirement trends

During a panel discussion at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2024 Global Investment Conference in April, three pension plan sponsors shared their perspective on plan design…

2024 Global Investment Conference: How institutional investors are navigating developed, emerging market trends

During a panel at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2024 Global Investment Conference in April, three key thought leaders representing defined benefit pension plan sponsors shared…

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Expert panel: New research brings mortality improvement into spotlight for pension plan sponsors

One of the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic was an unprecedented interest in the life expectancy of Canadians. While the increased focus on life…


Competitive pension risk transfer costs increase from 100.3% to 100.9% in April: report

The estimated cost to transfer retiree pension risk to an insurer in a competitive bidding process increased from 100.3 per cent of a plan’s accounting…

  • By: Staff
  • May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024
  • 09:00
Canada’s DB pension plans post 5% return in Q4, close 2020 with 10% gain

Average Canadian DB pension plan’s funded position on solvency, accounting basis up in April: report

The funded position of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan rose on both a solvency and accounting basis in April, according to Telus Health’s…

  • By: Staff
  • May 23, 2024 May 22, 2024
  • 09:00

More work to be done on feds’ plan to encourage domestic pension investments: lawyers

The federal government’s promise to encourage Canadian institutional investors to invest more domestically is taking shape with two key initiatives found in the 2024 budget.…


Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the federal government’s financial sanctions against the Canada Life Assurance Co. following delayed benefits access for public employees was the most-read article…

  • By: Staff
  • May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024
  • 09:00

2024 Top 40 Money Managers Report: How pension plan sponsors are using the latest technology to maintain cybersecurity

In the fight against cybercriminals, institutional investors and other financial organizations are managing cybersecurity just as seriously as any other type of business risk, with…

Independent Electricity System Operator using diversification to beat volatility

The Independent Electricity System Operator’s pension plan is in the midst of a comeback from a period of heightened post-coronavirus pandemic volatility, with diversification as…

What are the options for implementing real assets in DC plans?

While real assets are largely absent among the investment options offered by Canadian defined contribution pension plans, they can offer significant long-term benefits to plan…


Expert panel: Cessation of real return bonds increases risk profile for Canadian pension fund model

The recent pressure put on Canadian pensions plans from private managers and governments to re-discover an investment home bias has been met with little enthusiasm,…


Average Canadian DB pension plan returns 3.6% in Q1 2024: reports

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan posted a median return of 3.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2024, according to a new…

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  • May 6, 2024 May 6, 2024
  • 15:00

Funded ratio of 100 largest U.S. corporate DB pension plans declines to 98.4% in fiscal 2023: report

The funded ratio of U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans declined to 98.5 per cent in fiscal 2023 from 99.4 per cent in 2022, according…

  • By: Staff
  • May 1, 2024 April 30, 2024
  • 09:00

WISE Trust returns 7.9% in 2023, net assets increase to $4 billion

The Workplace Insurance and Safety Employees Trust generated a net return of 7.9 per cent in 2023, with net assets reaching $4 billion, up from…

  • By: Staff
  • April 23, 2024 April 23, 2024
  • 15:00

Average funded ratio of Canadian DB pension plans up 7% in Q1 2024: report

The funded ratio of the average Canadian defined benefit pension plan, excluding the effect of asset smoothing, reached 124 per cent as at March 31,…

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  • April 23, 2024 April 22, 2024
  • 09:00
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FSRA focusing on target-benefit framework for MEPPs, sustainability of PBGF in 2024-25 annual plan

In its 2024-25 annual plan, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is focusing on assessing and mitigating systemic and high-priority risks in the province’s…

  • By: Staff
  • April 17, 2024 April 16, 2024
  • 09:00

How CAAT is supporting its ESG aspirations through responsible investments, team-building

As an institutional investor, Asif Haque knows the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan has a responsibility to meet the rising challenge of…


IMCO returns 5.6% for 2023, driven by public equities

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is reporting a net return of 5.6 per cent for 2023, with net assets increasing to $77.4 billion. The…