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DC Plan Sponsors Take Action

As the popularity of defined contribution (DC) plans grows, sponsors in the United States are taking a number of positive steps to help their employees,…

Majority of Global Workers Without Pensions: Report

A majority of the global population does not participate in a retirement plan, a challenge which employers and governments will have to address in the…

  • By: Jody White
  • April 21, 2008 September 13, 2019
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Canadian Pension Plans Continue to Stumble

Canadian pension plans lost ground for the third consecutive quarter as equity markets continued to fall, according to an RBC Dexia Investor Services survey. Pension…

Great Expectations

Municipal pension plan sponsors in the United States expect their investment portfolios to outperform the market by 146 basis points annually over the next five…

Rules of the Pension Investment Game

According to Benefits Canada, total assets in Canadian registered pension plans passed the $1 trillion mark earlier this decade. A question often asked by plan…

Pension Funding Limit Should be Lifted: Study

The decline of defined benefit plans is being exacerbated by federal laws and regulations that foster employer underfunding, says a C.D. Howe Institute study. The…

Hydro One Suffers Legal Defeat in Pension Case

Hydro One’s appeal to the Ontario Divisional court regarding pensions was dismissed recently, marking a second legal defeat for the utility company in a year.…

  • By: Jody White
  • April 15, 2008 September 13, 2019
  • 00:00

OPTrust Poised to Eliminate Deficit

The OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust) reported an investment return of 5.6% in 2007, outperforming its weighted benchmark return of 4.2%. This marks the eighth consecutive…

  • By: Jody White
  • April 15, 2008 September 13, 2019
  • 00:00

Bill Makes Phased Retirement for Workers Easier in Quebec

With experts predicting an impending labour shortage due to the mass retirement of baby boomers, Quebec’s provincial government has introduced a bill aimed at smoothing…

  • By: Jody White
  • April 14, 2008 September 13, 2019
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Alberta-B.C. Panel Releases Submissions

The Alberta/British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards has released the submissions it has received on its website. A total of 116 submissions were…

Quebec Court of Appeal Overturns Pension Ruling

The Quebec Court of Appeal has struck down a lower court’s decision on multi-employer pension plans that denied plan sponsors a provision which linked funding…

  • By: Jody White
  • April 8, 2008 September 13, 2019
  • 00:00

Canada Post’s Pension Plan Return Beats Benchmark

Canada Post’s pension plan earned a return of 2.1% last year, exceeding the benchmark return of 0.9%. “Financial markets continue to exhibit unusual volatility, as…

Health of Canadian Pension Funds Deteriorates

The financial health of Canadian pension plans declined in the first quarter of the year to levels not seen since the middle of 2005, according…

Tips for helping staff piece together their retirement income puzzle

Retirement income can be sliced into three broad categories: what an individual receives from their employer, what they receive from the government and everything else.…

Pension benefits continue to lead growth in Canadian insurance industry: CLHIA

Canadians received a record $103 billion in benefits from life and health insurers last year, up 60 per cent from a decade earlier, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00

2020 Consultants Report: Pandemic will fundamentally change benefits, pension plans

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing the future of work and, very likely, the nature of employer-sponsored benefits and pension plans. Looking to the end…

Newfoundland and Labrador residents can now unlock pension benefits

Newfoundland and Labrador residents can now unlock benefits held in locked-in retirement savings arrangements for reasons of financial hardship or non-residency in Canada. The changes…

  • By: Staff
  • March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
  • 09:00

CLHIA calling for flexible annuity options, changes to TFSA rules

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is calling on the federal government to provide Canadians with access to more-secure retirement income. In its submission…

  • By: Staff
  • March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021
  • 15:00

Canada’s pension system gets top grades in new benchmark

Canada’s pension system was ranked first overall among 15 countries in the Global Pension Transparency Benchmark. It ranked Canadian funds first in governance, citing the…

  • By: Staff
  • February 23, 2021 February 24, 2021
  • 15:00

PIAC comments on FSRA’s plan for missing plan members

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is expressing its support for the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s draft guidelines for pension plan sponsors dealing…

  • By: Staff
  • September 23, 2020 November 26, 2020
  • 09:30

Four trends in group retirement, investment programs

The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting many trends in group retirement and investment programs, pushing the industry to be flexible and quick with some of the newer offerings.…

  • September 22, 2020 November 26, 2020
  • 08:45

Alberta’s LAPP introducing new pension portal for members

Alberta’s Local Authorities Pension Plan is introducing a new secure section of its website where plan members can log in, access their personal account and…

  • By: Staff
  • August 20, 2020 November 26, 2020
  • 15:00

Pension funds saving with in-house asset management: survey

Canadian pension funds are seeing significant cost savings from in-house asset management but are still relying on external managers, according to a new survey from…

  • By: Staff
  • March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
  • 09:00

CPPIB appointing John Graham as CEO following resignation of Mark Machin

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing John Graham (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Mark Machin. Graham was…

Canadian employer pension plans’ asset value rebounds to $2.12 trillion: report

The market value of assets held by Canadian employer pension plans increased to $2.12 trillion in the third quarter of 2020, according to a new report…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 25, 2021
  • 10:00