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As the move away from traditional defined benefit plans continues and intensifies, Canada’s multi-employer pension plans are providing employers with another retirement savings option for their employees. And despite facing a number of challenges, from industries in decline to legislative obstacles, MEPPs continue to attract plan sponsors from across the country. Read: Canadian MEPPs facing challenges […]

In its 2022 budget on Thursday, the Ontario government said it’s implementing a permanent target-benefit pension plan framework in 2023. The budget noted specified Ontario multi-employer pension plans, which provide these types of benefits, have been operating under temporary regulations that will expire in 2024 unless replaced by a permanent framework. “A permanent target-benefit framework […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 29, 2022 April 29, 2022
  • 09:00
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A new multi-employer pension plan is being created for Canadian incorporated physicians. The Medicus Pension Plan, developed by MD Financial Management Inc. and Scotiabank, will provide physicians with predictable lifetime retirement income based on personal earnings and years of service with their medical corporation, while pooling investments, longevity and economic risks among all plan participants, […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 14, 2022 March 14, 2022
  • 15:00

An article on British Columbia’s paramedics and their need for enhanced mental-health benefits was the most read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. B.C. paramedics seeking enhanced mental-health benefits 2. Canadian pension plans overcoming legislation, governance challenges: webinar 3. Ontario’s DB pension plans should take steps […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 4, 2022 March 4, 2022
  • 09:00
NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is amending funding rules for the province’s multi-employer pension plans. The amendments include a permanent exemption from solvency funding requirements for MEPPs, retroactive to Dec. 31, 2020, when the previous temporary exemption ended. In addition, going-concern unfunded liabilities must now be funded over 10 years instead of the previous […]

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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is releasing final interpretation guidance to support the role and responsibilities of pension plan administrators. The guidance, an updated and consolidated version of four previous documents, said the administrator’s role includes responsibility for implementing processes to ensure pension plan risks — such as investment, funding, operational and legal — […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 30, 2021 July 29, 2021
  • 09:00
Sanofi joining CAAT’s DBplus pension

Two unions representing nearly 1,000 employees of Sanofi Canada are joining the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan. Both Unifor Local 1701 and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 772 will join the plan effective April 1, according to a press release, which noted the company is joining the multi-employer plan […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 12, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00
2020 Top 100 Pension Funds Report: How have Canada’s DB pensions changed over the last decade?

Whether it’s battling the challenges of plan maturity, increasing longevity, the changing nature of work or difficult financial markets, these so-called golden handcuffs are looking pretty dented in some cases. But the 10 years following the great financial crisis wasn’t all bad. Many public pension plans, as well as affiliated administrators and investment managers, have […]

CRA pension bulletin shouldn’t apply to MEPPs, JSPPs, says ACPM

In a letter to the Canada Revenue Agency’s registered plans directorate, the Association of Canadian Pension Management said a new draft bulletin only covers a concern attached to smaller pension plans and shouldn’t apply to larger, employer-sponsored plans. The ACPM said it recognizes the agency’s efforts in providing guidance on apportioning assets and actuarial liabilities in actuarial valuation reports for […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 28, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:15
DB regulations a bad fit for target-benefit plans, MEPPs: report

Canada’s pension regulations have been designed to govern defined benefit plans and are a bad fit for target-benefit and multi-employer pension plans, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute. The report, authored by Barry Gros, a retired actuary and chair of the University of British Columbia staff pension plan, argued that the […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 11, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:30