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Three-quarters (74 per cent) of U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors say they’ll review plan fees throughout 2024, according to a new survey by investment consulting firm Callan. The survey, which polled more than 130 DC plan sponsors, found that half of respondents said they’re likely to move to lower-cost investment vehicles in 2024, up […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 8, 2024 May 8, 2024
  • 15:00

The Pension Investment Association of Canada will concentrate its legislative advocacy efforts on funding reform in 2024, including for an overhaul of long-term, minimum funding regulations for federally regulated defined benefit pension plans, said David Lawson, the PIAC’s new chair. In an emailed statement to Benefits Canada, he said as DB plan sponsors continue to face […]

A survey on the retirement readiness of Canadian workers and a looming retirement crisis was the most-read pension story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are the 10 most popular pension news stories of 2023: 1. Survey finds 44% of Canadian pre-retirees have less than $5,000 in savings 2. Ford, Unifor agreement includes significant DC pension improvements, transition to […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 18, 2023 December 18, 2023
  • 09:00

For some Canadians, the term pension may still conjure images of a secure stash of money guaranteed to ensure a comfortable lifestyle in retirement. I should know — until joining Benefits Canada in 2020, I counted myself among this group. Defined benefit pension plans — the epitome of the image described above — still exist, but […]


Despite President Joe Biden’s new student loan forgiveness program, nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of U.S. employers that currently offer a student loan repayment program won’t be changing their policy,  according to a survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The survey, which polled more than 300 U.S. employers, found the majority (74 […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 7, 2022 September 6, 2022
  • 09:00

Four undergraduates from the Copenhagen Business School have claimed the top prize at the 2021 McGill International Portfolio Challenge by designing a collective defined contribution plan aimed at balancing the needs of older and younger plan members. Since 2017, the MPIC has challenged university students around the world to propose solutions to societal issues. This […]

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

Traditionally, defined contribution pension funds have not made significant use of venture capital, although over the long-term these assets have tended to perform well. A study by the British Business Bank and Oliver Wyman explored whether there is room for venture capital and growth equity within the U.K.’s DC schemes. It found that the average […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2019 January 5, 2021
  • 09:17
T. Rowe Price hires new vice-president of institutional sales

The Canadian branch of T. Rowe Price Inc. has appointed Jonathan Flegg as its new vice-president of institutional sales. Based in Toronto, Flegg’s role will involve providing sales support and investment solutions to defined contribution pension consultants, brokers and clients. “We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to T. Rowe Price,” said Bruce Winch, head of […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 17, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 08:57

Why fee reviews are an important step for plan sponsors

  • October 29, 2018 January 13, 2021
  • 07:30