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Two East coast companies are among the early adopters of a retirement savings platform for employers in the not-for-profit sector. Prince Edward Island Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. and Newfoundland-based Thrive previously offered their employees group registered retirement savings plans. Danya O’Malley, executive director of the PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, says lower fees was […]

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government will make a decision this spring on whether to pursue pulling Alberta out of the Canada Pension Plan. But Kenney says even if the United Conservative government proceeds, Albertans will have the final say through a referendum on whether to create an Alberta Pension Plan. Treasury Department officials […]

Canadians taking CPP at 60 losing $100,000+ in retirement income: study

The average Canadian taking  Canada/Quebec Pension Plan benefits at age 60 instead of waiting until 70 can expect to lose more than $100,000 of secure lifetime income, according to a new research paper by Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing and the FP Canada Research Foundation. The paper found a $1,000-monthly benefit in today’s dollars at […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 11, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 15:30

Provincial finance ministers have been quietly prodding Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to pause planned increases in the premiums employers and employees pay into the Canada Pension Plan. The planned increase on Jan. 1, 2021 is part of a multi-year plan approved by provinces and the federal government four years ago to boost retirement benefits through the public plan by […]

CFIB wary of incoming CPP premium hike

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is asking the federal government to hold Canada Pension Plan premiums at current levels next year when they’re scheduled to rise, as employers and employees struggle with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to the organization, approximately one third of small businesses are currently losing money and higher payroll taxes […]

CPPIB posts $456.7 billion in fiscal Q2, appoints new senior executive

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ended its second quarter of fiscal 2021 with net assets of $456.7 billion, up from $434.4 billion, according to a new report. The $22.3 billion increase in net assets for the quarter consisted of $21.6 billion in net income after all costs and $700 million in net CPP contributions. The […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 16, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 15:00
CPP maximum pensionable earnings to rise in 2021

The maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan for 2021 are increasing to $61,600, from $58,700 in 2020. The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada, according to a press release from the Canada Revenue Agency. Contributors who earn more than $61,600 in […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 4, 2020 November 4, 2020
  • 08:45
Head to head: Would Alberta benefit from leaving the CPP?

Certain politicians have suggested Alberta withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan and go it alone. Would the province benefit from a solitary system or is the idea short-sighted? Niels Veldhuis, economist and president of the Fraser Institute In June, Alberta’s Fair Deal panel recommended the development of a comprehensive plan to withdraw the province from […]

Canadian model offers lessons for U.S. public pensions: report

In the wake of the pandemic-related market volatility that battered already challenged public sector defined benefit plans in the U.S., a recent paper by New York University’s Stern School of Business is arguing that Canadian-style reforms could help secure these plans for the long term. “The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new fissures in state and local […]

Feds seeking applications for social security tribunal

The federal government is seeking applications to appoint new full- and part-time members to its social security tribunal, the arm’s length entity responsible for decisions on appeals relating to Canada Pension Plan, employment insurance and old-age security. Members of the SST’s general division operate as first-level decision-makers and are tasked with providing fair hearing and […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 28, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 08:41