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The Ontario Ministry of Finance’s proposed guidance for multi-employer target-benefit pension plans undermines incentives for employers to contribute towards their employees’ retirement savings, including cost certainty, with unduly burdensome regulatory framework, according to the Association of Canadian Pension Management. In an open letter, the ACPM expressed its hesitation about proposed rules restraining trustees’ ability to prudently […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 30, 2023 November 2, 2023
  • 09:00

Whether it’s in the magazine, on the website or at our various defined contribution pension plan events, Benefits Canada is regularly writing about how DC plans are evolving. The pension industry has come a very long way in the last few decades. When my parents began their working lives in the early 1970s, they both had defined […]

Increased volatility, stubborn inflation and erratic interest rates are making for financially uncertain times, where it can be more reassuring to seek safety in shared risk, rather than shouldering financial ambiguity alone. Celebrated for their pooled assets and shared risk, multi-employer pension plans are gaining traction. Tami Dove, director of member experience at the Co-operative […]


The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s proposed guidance on pension plan administrator roles and responsibilities requires more clarity and consistency, according to the Association of Canadian Pension Management. In an open letter, the ACPM recommended greater clarity regarding the distinction between statutory guidance and general commentary, particularly in the sections on records retention and […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2023 October 11, 2023
  • 09:00

The British Columbia Municipal Pension Plan is appointing Chelsea Kittleson as executive director, effective Nov. 15, 2023. She joins the pension plan from the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., where she was director of client relations. In the new role, Kittleson will oversee the office that supports the MPP’s board of trustees and act as […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 10, 2023 October 6, 2023
  • 11:00

Predictions of the demise of defined benefit pension plans are premature. The reality is DB is still alive and well in the public sector, with a growing number of multi-employer plans making the promise of financial certainty in retirement provided by DB pensions available to private sector employers of all sizes. What’s under threat is […]

The Association of Canadian Pension Management is urging the Ontario government to ensure its proposed rules for multi-employer target-benefit pension plans don’t undermine existing incentives that enable employers to create and maintain workplace pension plans. In an open letter, the ACPM said it believes the provision for adverse deviation will overly restrict the ability of MEPP trustees to manage […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 29, 2023 June 29, 2023
  • 09:00

The College of Arts and Technology pension plan’s assets dropped 2.3 per cent while its funded ratio on a going-concern basis remained at 124 per cent in 2022, according to its annual report. “With CAAT, members don’t have to worry about every market dip and blip,” wrote Derek Dobson (pictured), the multi-employer pension plan’s chief […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 20, 2023 April 20, 2023
  • 12:00

Defined benefit. Defined contribution. Target benefit. Shared risk. Collective. Multi-employer. Pooled. Canada’s pension and retirement landscape is littered with lingo that can often be confusing for the people who participate in these plans and count on them for their retirement income. As pension plans evolve and the terms describing them expand, does the industry have […]

Speaking at the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, Blake Hutcheson, its chief executive officer, discussed the OMERS’ recent annual results, as well as its long-term growth expectations. “We think that, by 2030, we’ll be worth roughly $200 billion, up from a little more than $125 billion today.” The live event, […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2023 April 10, 2023
  • 12:30