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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is issuing leading practices for the province’s defined benefit multi-employer pension plans, in the areas of governance, risk management and communication. In the area of governance, these practices include establishing a comprehensive orientation policy to onboard new trustees to ensure they begin their term prepared to carry out their duty. […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 26, 2021 March 30, 2021
  • 09:00
FSRA establishing committee to advise on pension plan regulatory processes

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is establishing a technical advisory committee to provide insights on the province’s existing regulatory processes for employer-based pension plans. The committee’s 10 to 14 members will examine current regulatory processes in order to improve pension plan administration through cost-efficient and innovative practices. They’ll also discuss approaches to help ensure Ontario’s pension plan […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 29, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 15:00
FSRA issues final guidance on missing pension plan members

Ontario’s pension plan administrators and plan members share the responsibility of maintaining current contact information, according to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s final guidance on missing plan members. It recommended administrators maintain a records management system and retention schedules that support long-term administration of the pension plan and to exercise care and diligence […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 16, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:00
OSFI, FSRA name members of new DC plan committee

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Financial Services Regulatory Association of Ontario have selected members for their new joint advisory committee on defined contribution pension plans. The committee will review the regulators’ approaches to supervising DC plans and, where possible, enhance regulatory efficiency and effectiveness by finding opportunities for harmonization. Read: […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2020 November 20, 2020
  • 16:00
Ontario DB pension solvency up again in third quarter: FSRA

The solvency ratio of Ontario’s defined benefit pension plans jumped four per cent in the third quarter of 2020, according to an update by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. The increase is further evidence that market recovery is well underway since the coronavirus pandemic rocked the world economy in early 2020, noted the […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 11, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:45
FSRA speeding up consent process for DB pension asset transfers

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is changing its process for consenting to asset transfers under the Pension Benefits Act, citing the province’s current state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Effective immediately, the new process will allow the FSRA to provide consent through a letter after a 10-day notice period, during which […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 27, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:40

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is providing employers with the option to defer contributions to certain defined benefit pension plans to help with their organization’s cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic while providing safeguards for funding plan member benefits. Eligible private sector employers will be able to defer up to six months of […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 23, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 07:53

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority is seeking stakeholder input on draft guidance on providing consent for asset transfer transactions under the Pension Benefits Act. Aiming to support predictability and transparency for defined benefit plan administrators, sponsors and members and to protect of the rights of members, the guidance sets out how the FSRA will exercise […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 15, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 09:40
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The first quarter of 2020 was rough for Ontarian defined benefit pension plans as they experienced the most significant quarterly decline in projected solvency ratios since December 2009, according to a new report by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. In particular, the median projected solvency declined to 85 per cent as of March […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 2, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:44
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The Canada Revenue Agency is waiving the minimum one per cent employer contribution requirement for defined contribution pension plans for the rest of 2020. To take advantage of the contribution relief, employers must amend their DC plans to suspend accruals for the year, meaning no employer or employee contributions can be made. Further, DC plan […]