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The Régie Hammers Multi-Employer Pension Plans

The Régie has always believed that the Supplemental Pension Plans Act (SPPA) required Québec employers to fund a deficit on withdrawal or plan termination—even for…

Financial Advice for Plan Members

The average plan member is by no means a financial expert, and the choices offered by many service providers can leave some members bewildered and…

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

Is Canada falling behind on socially responsible investing?

Investing in a socially responsible manner is becoming increasingly important to pension plan sponsors, but it seems that in Canada, the legislative environment hasn’t kept…

Women Boost Pension Plan Enrollment

After a modest gain in 2005, membership in employer registered pension plans (RPPs) resumed normal growth in 2006 due entirely to increases among women, according…

How the TFSA may change the pension landscape

How the TFSA may change the pension landscape

In its last budget, the federal government introduced the tax-free savings account (TFSA), a completely new tax-sheltered investment vehicle. Although presented more in the context…

Group Tax-Free Savings Accounts on the Way

The tax-free savings account (TFSA) is expected to be a hit when it comes into effect in 2009, but it seems individual Canadians won’t be…

  • By: Jody White
  • July 2, 2008 September 13, 2019
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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff July 01, 2008 | Brooke Smith ESG issues are front and centre as pension plans try to balance responsible investing with maximizing…

System Failure

How the lack of financial market regulations failed asset-backed commercial paper. As the credit crisis continues to unfold, the international debate over the regulation of…

In Good Company

In Good Company July 01, 2008 | Jordan Berger How organizations can work together to incorporate ESG into their investment strategies by following the Principles…

The Greater Good

With more than $400 billion in Canadian pension assets under socially responsible investment policies, SRI is an idea whose time has come. Canadian pension assets…

Trust Law and Pension Plans: Part II

In the first instalment of this article, we looked at the impact of traditional trust law concepts on pension disputes, and saw how the application…

Pensions For All

Keith Ambachtsheer seems to have a lot of friends these days. Ever since the renowned pension consultant published The Canada Supplementary Pension Plan (CSPP): Towards…

  • By: Jody White
  • June 27, 2008 September 13, 2019
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Nortel Class Action: Pension and Retiree Benefits

An employee of Nortel Networks Corporation and Nortel Networks Limited launched a class action on June 24, 2008 claiming damages and other relief for Nortel…

Language, communication shaping DC plan members’ retirement decisions: survey

Language and communication can impact the retirement decisions of defined contribution plan members, according to a new survey by Invesco Ltd. The survey found 60…

  • By: Staff
  • May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021
  • 09:10

Pensions, permanency of contract workers at heart of Nestlé strike

More than 470 employees at a Nestlé Canada plant in Toronto are on strike after Unifor Local 252 and the company failed to reach an…

Employers making pension, benefits changes as pandemic continues: survey

Canadian employers are making ongoing changes to their pension and benefits offerings as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, according to a new survey by the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 5, 2021 May 5, 2021
  • 09:00

Head to head: Should plan sponsors buy annuities via insurers or go DIY?

Two experts weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of taking the traditional annuities route versus opting for the newer do-it-yourself option. Marco Dickner, retirement…

Pension solvency measures helping plan sponsors through pandemic and beyond

While solvency funding relief helped Canada’s pension funds withstand the turbulence of 2020, a long-term vision with an eye to a more robust funding framework…

Newfoundland and Labrador addressing $8.18BN unfunded pension, employee benefits liabilities

At the end of March 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador had $4.89 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, including unfunded liability and promissory notes, according to a…

Pension plan committees applying virtual meeting lessons to second year of pandemic

Pension plan committees pivoted to virtual meetings in March 2020 and learned many lessons to apply to year two of the pandemic and beyond As…

Women retiring two years later, with 30% less wealth, than men: report

Although women must work two years longer than men to be retirement ready, they still retire with 30 per cent less wealth than their male…

  • By: Staff
  • March 10, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 17:37

Canadians’ financial well-being on the decline: survey

The financial well-being of Canadians has declined over the last year, according to a new survey by Morneau Shepell Ltd. It rated Canadians’ overall financial…

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 March 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Looking under the hood of jumbo transactions

The recent announcement that General Motors of Canada Co. purchased $1.8 billion of annuities for its salaried pension plan is creating a lot of excitement.…

CN Rail amending pension policy for same-sex couples

The Canadian National Railway Co. is amending its pension policy after awarding benefits to a widower who was initially denied because of an outdated rule…

  • By: Staff
  • May 7, 2021 May 6, 2021
  • 09:00

Investing in low-carbon economy will pay off for pension plans

We are now in Month 14 of the coronavirus pandemic. For institutional investors like pension plans, this pandemic and its consequences highlight the reality of…