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Using plan design to drive better outcomes for DC plan members

Using plan design to drive better outcomes for DC plan members

Looking at the role of plan design in driving member outcomes, it comes down to data and experience, according to Margaret Rux, principal and department…

Holistic retirement thinking: Integrating public, private pensions

Holistic retirement thinking: Integrating public, private pensions

Defined contribution plan sponsors should consider Canada’s public pension system when designing their plans, according to a panel comparing the Canadian system to the ones…

Eliminating ‘tyranny of choice’ in DC plan enrolment

Eliminating ‘tyranny of choice’ in DC plan enrolment

Simplifying DC plan enrolment should begin by eliminating the “tyranny of choice,” making it easier for plan members to just get started, according to Tom…

Wrap-up: Revisiting traditional DC plan approaches

Wrap-up: Revisiting traditional DC plan approaches

As the retirement savings environment evolves, the pension industry must be aware of the changes to move with them, said Zaheed Jiwani, principal at Eckler…

U.K. consults on incorporating illiquid assets in DC investments

U.K. consults on incorporating illiquid assets in DC investments

A consultation paper by the U.K. government is considering how defined contribution plans could incorporate more illiquid investments. Specifically, the consultation’s proposals include requiring larger…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 20, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 09:04
Dress up pension communications for better impact

Dress up pension communications for better impact

I recently flew to Los Angeles to visit my sister, and right before the standard safety video, the onboard screens showed an appealing commercial for a…

  • February 12, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:55
Pooled fund pension managers post negative return for Q4 2018

Pooled fund pension managers post negative return for Q4 2018

The final quarter of 2018 was choppy for pension managers’ pooled funds as they posted a median return of negative 5.6 per cent, contributing to the…

  • By: Staff
  • January 25, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 16:15
A primer on the incoming CPP/QPP enhancements

A primer on the incoming CPP/QPP enhancements

In 2016, the Government of Canada reached an agreement with the provinces that provides for significant enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan, with an announcement of…

  • November 27, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: Getting financially schooled

In my formative school years, it was mandatory for all students to learn cooking, carpentry and typing, among other non-academic pursuits. While I’m certainly grateful…

Important considerations in DB pension communications

Important considerations in DB pension communications

In the midst of financial literacy month, what does education look like in a defined benefit world where plan members don’t have to actively make investment…

Data, personas and generational focus keys to successful benefits, pension communication

Data, personas and generational focus keys to successful benefits, pension communication

It’s a constant challenge for employers to ensure their plan members understand and appreciate the pension and benefits programs available to them. It isn’t easy, but employers…

  • November 13, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
Latest CAPSA consultation looks at electronic pension communication

Latest CAPSA consultation looks at electronic pension communication

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities has released a draft revision of its guideline No. 2, which looks at electronic communication in the pension industry. The…

  • By: Staff
  • November 6, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:20
Award winners discuss paths to improving employees’ well-being

Award winners discuss paths to improving employees’ well-being

These days, peace of mind is hard to come by, but the employers at the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards roundtable centred their discussion around the…

Action on financial wellness nabs Niagara Casinos award win

Action on financial wellness nabs Niagara Casinos award win

Niagara Casinos’ multi-pronged approach and leveraging of company resources to promote financial literacy among employees contributed to its award for financial wellness at Benefits Canada’s 2018 Workplace…

Coca-Cola wins big for successfully communicating complex pension transition

Coca-Cola wins big for successfully communicating complex pension transition

Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada learned the key to communication is using a medium and message that employees will understand, a lesson that secured the organization’s win for best pension communications…

The real reason some staff don’t contribute to workplace savings plans

The real reason some staff don’t contribute to workplace savings plans

Take the free money. This is my regular mantra for employees in employer-sponsored retirement plans. But many employees don’t enrol in company-sponsored plans or don’t take the…

  • October 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
Who are the winners of the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Who are the winners of the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada honoured winners across 11 categories at the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Thursday. In a room at the Arcadian Loft, more than 100…

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:01

CAPSA’s proposed DC pension guideline requires further clarification: CLHIA

While the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association generally supports the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ proposed guideline on defined contribution pension plans, certain areas require further clarification.…

  • By: Staff
  • September 12, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
How the CMHC closed its DC pension and returned to a DB plan

How the CMHC closed its DC pension and returned to a DB plan

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is having déjà vu. After closing its defined benefit plan to new members in 2013 and introducing a defined…

Which companies are finalists in the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Which companies are finalists in the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is proud to announce the list of finalists for the upcoming 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards. Winners across 10 categories will be announced at a…

  • By: Staff
  • August 31, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
A road map to clarity on the multi-employer pension plan promise

A road map to clarity on the multi-employer pension plan promise

While there are nuances, I consider a target-benefit plan to be one that determines benefits to members on a defined benefit basis while setting out…

  • By: Joe Nunes
  • August 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:53

CAPSA consulting on variable benefits, fee disclosure in DC plans

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ latest consultation is seeking feedback on amendments to its guideline No. 8 for defined contribution pension plans, focusing on considerations around…

  • By: Staff
  • August 7, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
Tips for engaging employees in plan design changes

Tips for engaging employees in plan design changes

When employers are making changes, such as introducing a new benefits or pension offering, scaling back health benefits or changing plan design, it’s important to engage employees and give them…

  • July 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
A look at three trends in pension plan design

A look at three trends in pension plan design

Plan sponsors often say they’re quite happy with their retirement savings plans. But is that position good enough to ensure an organization’s plan is competitive and…

  • July 3, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
Pension plan administrator satisfaction with OSFI on the rise

Pension plan administrator satisfaction with OSFI on the rise

Pension plan administrators’ overall satisfaction with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is on the rise, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned…

  • By: Staff
  • June 21, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00