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A bill intended to provide defined benefit pension plan members with super-priority in the event of a plan sponsor’s insolvency passed in the House of Commons last week, furthering division among stakeholders on whether the legislation will cause more harm than good in the long term. The Association of Canadian Pension Management, the Canadian Chamber of […]

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The Pension Investment Association of Canada is reiterating its concerns about Bill C-228, which was designed to protect members of defined benefit pension plans during windups. “PIAC shares the same concern as the [House of Commons] standing committee on finance that pension security is paramount for our members,” wrote Peter Waite, executive director of the […]

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  • October 25, 2022 October 24, 2022
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An article about an open letter that highlighted how proposed amendments to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act could have a positive impact on defined benefit plan members was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Amendments to insolvency legislation would secure DB pensions, […]

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  • October 21, 2022 October 21, 2022
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The Association of Canadian Pension Management is urging parliamentarians to vote down a bill that would provide super-priority to defined benefit pension plan members in the event of a plan sponsor’s insolvency. In an open letter to the House of Commons standing committee on finance, the ACPM said Bill C-228 could make it expensive or impossible […]

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  • October 20, 2022 October 19, 2022
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Six organizations representing Canadian retirees say proposed amendments to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act would have a positive impact on defined benefit pension plan members. In an open letter to the House of Commons standing committee on finance, the six organizations —CanAge, the Canadian Federation of Pensioners, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of […]

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  • October 14, 2022 October 13, 2022
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The Association of Canadian Pension Management and the Pension Investment Association of Canada are among the organizations saying proposed amendments to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act could negatively impact defined benefit pension plans. In an open letter to the House of Commons standing committee on finance, the ACPM and the PIAC — along with […]

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  • September 29, 2022 September 28, 2022
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Members of Puerto Rico’s public sector pension plans are facing a benefits freeze and the transformation of their defined benefits plans to defined contribution plans. The decision to cut changed the plans was made as a result of an ongoing financial crisis in the most populous U.S. territory. After it defaulted on bonds in 2014, politicians […]

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  • January 6, 2022 January 6, 2022
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A new white paper published by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries is proposing new rules during defined benefit plan windups, requiring higher solvency ratios for members who are retired and lower ones for those at earlier stages in their careers. “This paper suggests that retiree pensions would be better protected if the solvency funding regime framework […]

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As part of the federal Conservative Party’s platform for the coming election, Leader Erin O’Toole is proposing a plan to secure pensions for Canadian workers. “Canadian workers who have paid into a pension plan on every paycheque should be able to rely on it being there when they retire,” he said in a press release. […]

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  • August 25, 2021 August 25, 2021
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NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

Pension plan members have super-priority when it comes to normal costs but not to special costs owed to bankrupted plans, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador finds in a recent ruling. In the case, Anthony Capital Corporation (Re), between the trustees of the defunct Anthony Capital Corp.’s executive pension plan and representatives for the […]