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Alberta’s public-sector pension plans reassuring members amid worry over ministerial order

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries is supporting several of the Alberta government’s proposed legislative and policy updates for private sector pension laws, including the move towards a going-concern plus regime for defined benefit plans and the introduction of automatic features in defined contribution plans. In its response to the consultation draft, the CIA cited the benefits […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2022 November 4, 2022
  • 09:00
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The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is opening a new Calgary satellite office as part of a strategy to better capture investment opportunities within its home province. “Our decision to establish a formal presence in Calgary provides AIMCo a truly pan-Alberta footprint from which to further drive efficiencies in Alberta-based investment opportunities, enabling us to continue […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 29, 2022 September 27, 2022
  • 12:00

The Association of Canadian Pension Management is taking aim at the Alberta government’s funding rules for private sector defined benefit pension plans. In its response to consultation draft of potential legislative and policy updates for private sector pension laws, the ACPM wrote that the province’s existing funding requirements fail to appropriately balance benefit security with […]

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  • September 27, 2022 September 27, 2022
  • 12:30
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The Pension Investment Association of Canada is providing feedback on the Alberta government’s consultation draft of potential legislative and policy updates for private sector pension laws. While the PIAC doesn’t have specific views on how to calculate the provision for adverse deviation, it’s encouraged Alberta is considering a harmonized approach, wrote Sean Hewitt, chair of […]

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  • September 22, 2022 September 21, 2022
  • 09:00
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Pension spending alone supported more than 41,000 jobs across Alberta and contributed more than $4.4 billion to the province’s gross domestic product in 2021, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis. This is equivalent to $14.40 of GDP for every $10 of retirement benefit payments received in 2021. The report […]

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The Alberta government is gathering feedback from stakeholders to help inform potential legislative and policy updates for private sector pension laws. The consultation will focus on the Employment Pension Plans Act and the Employment Pension Plans Regulation, according to a press release, which noted Alberta’s private sector pension legislation hasn’t been significantly updated since 2014. […]

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  • June 9, 2022 June 8, 2022
  • 09:00
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Alberta will begin offering coronavirus vaccines to thousands of meat-packing employees across the province starting this week, but a union leader says some workers are reluctant to receive a shot from the government or an employer they don’t trust. The provincial government says starting Tuesday, vaccines will be offered to more than 15,000 workers at 136 […]

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans are reassuring members that their pensions are safe, following a recent ministerial order enacted by the provincial government. The order was enacted in late December by Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews after 2020 deadlines for investment management agreements between the pensions and the Alberta Investment Management Corp. passed with no result. […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 21, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:46
Alberta’s LAPP ending coordination option due to pension member confusion

Alberta’s Local Authorities Pension Plan is cancelling its coordination option, citing regret and confusion from plan members who mistakenly accessed the feature without fully understanding the financial implications. According to a statement by the LAPP, coordination will be discontinued for members who start their pension on or after Jan. 1, 2021. It noted the option’s […]

The Association of Canadian Pension Management is calling on the Ontario government to consider amending the Employment Standards Act and the Pension Benefits Act to allow for auto-enrolment and auto-escalation features in capital accumulation plans. Specifically, it would like the government to allow employers to automatically deduct employee contributions from payroll to facilitate these features. […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 20, 2020 December 7, 2021
  • 09:22