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Despite the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the U.S. not-for-profit sector in 2020, employees participated in 403(b) retirement plans at the highest level since tracking began in 2008, according to a new survey by the Plan Sponsor Council of America. The survey, which polled roughly 400 not-for-profit retirement plan sponsors, found overall retirement plan participation rose to […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 20, 2021 October 19, 2021
  • 09:00

A Toronto-based seafood market is using its benefits and compensation offerings to engage employees in an industry hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. David Owen, owner of De La Mer, recently introduced a profit-sharing plan and health benefits for employees of his four stores. While the pandemic delayed the launch of these programs by […]

Benefits Canada is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards. At a virtual roundtable and awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 finalists gathered to discuss their leading benefits and pension strategies, followed by winner announcements across 10 categories. All of the finalists represent benefits and pension plans covering nearly 300,000 Canadians. These employers are proactively and passionately aiming to […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
  • 09:05

While renovation shows on television tend to take a sledgehammer to every surface in a house for dramatic effect, there’s another way. Defined contribution pension plans don’t need to be completely gutted to stay current. Something akin to painting an accent wall, like tweaking contribution rates, can be just as effective and way more cost-effective. […]

Nearly half (44 per cent) of employers that offer retirement benefits said employee productivity has been better than normal over the past year, compared to 29 per cent of employers that don’t offer retirement benefits, according to a survey by Maru Group Ltd. on behalf of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. The survey, which […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00

The University of Victoria Students’ Society is the first Vancouver Island employer to join the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s DBplus. By joining the plan, permanent employees at the UVSS represented by the United Steelworkers will have access to a pension with early retirement options, survivor benefits and inflation protection, noted a […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 27, 2021 October 6, 2021
  • 15:00

Bâtirente is naming Éric Filion (pictured) as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 6. He’ll take over the position from Daniel Simard, who is retiring after 25 years as CEO. Simard will remain with Bâtirente as a special management advisor until June 30, 2022. Read: Bâtirente unveils new plan to optimize investments across all funds Since 2016, […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 17, 2021 September 20, 2021
  • 09:00

Like many other countries around the world, Poland’s aging population is increasingly highlighting the topic of retirement savings. “Each year, the number of pensioners increase while the fertility rate decreases,” says Sebastian Ludwin, a Poland-based pension projects leader and business development manager at Aon. “On top of that, the public pension replacement rate also decreases […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 17, 2021 September 16, 2021
  • 08:53

After the market rollercoaster ride of 2020, investors’ expectations have shifted considerably, and many are now looking for returns of 10.6 per cent above inflation from their investments in 2021, fuelling speculation that many employees may want to retire early, according to Eckler Ltd.’s latest capital accumulation plan income tracker. Indeed, the report noted rising […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 17, 2021 August 17, 2021
  • 09:00
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The Ontario Medical Association is helping its members save for retirement with a new guaranteed lifetime income annuity. Kayte Fredrickson, vice-president of insurance for the OMA, says the annuity was developed in partnership with Brookfield Annuity Co. and Common Wealth Retirement, the OMA’s retirement plan administrator, to specifically meet the retirement needs of the province’s […]