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While real assets are largely absent among the investment options offered by Canadian defined contribution pension plans, they can offer significant long-term benefits to plan members, said Andrew Knox, managing director of Franklin Templeton Investments’ global real assets fund, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 DC Plan Summit in February. “[Defined contribution] investors in […]

An article on Eastman Kodak Co.’s plans to outsource management of its pension assets was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week: 1. Kodak outsourcing US$1.6TN of pension assets to maximize overfunded status 2. OMERS returns 4.6% for 2023, driven by equities, fixed income […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 8, 2024 March 7, 2024
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OSFI launching consultation on climate change risks to pensions, financial institutions

Canada’s largest public pension funds are showing modest improvements on climate action but are moving too slowly overall, according to a new report by a climate advocacy group. The progress report from Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health found four of the 11 pension plans it examined still don’t have emissions reduction targets […]

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An article on how the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has contributed to the province’s gross domestic product was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com this past week. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week: 1. OMERS pension benefits accounted for 9.3% of Ontario retirement income in 2023: report […]

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  • February 23, 2024 February 22, 2024
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Retirement benefits paid out by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System accounted for 9.3 per cent of retirement income in Ontario in 2023, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis. The report analyzed data related to the OMERS’ pension payments, operations and assets. It found members’ retirement income alone supported […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 15, 2024 February 14, 2024
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The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is appointing Celine Chiovitti as chief pension officer, effective Feb. 6, 2024. In the new role, she’ll continue to oversee 400 employees at the OMERS who provide pension administration for more than 600,000 plan members. Read: OMERS Ventures appointing Michael Yang as managing partner, head of ventures Chiovitti first […]

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  • February 7, 2024 February 7, 2024
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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Oxford Properties Group Inc., the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, are selling two downtown office towers in Vancouver for about $300 million, according to reporting by Bloomberg. The investment organizations will sell the buildings, located at 402 Dunsmuir St. and 401 West Georgia […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 6, 2024 February 5, 2024
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The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is considering the sale of LifeLabs Inc., according to a report by The Globe and Mail. A spokesperson for the infrastructure arm of the OMERS said the investment organization has held preliminary negotiation talks with “multiple potential buyers” but is currently not in any late-stage discussions. The report said […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 22, 2024 January 22, 2024
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The organization’s vice-president of talent acquisition and total rewards discusses promoting careers to equity-deserving communities, a new menopause policy and the stability of joining a defined benefit pension plan. Q: What top challenges do you face in your role? A: One of the organization’s commitments to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture is to […]

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing $200 million in a Swedish company developing and manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. The new funding, via convertible debt, will help finance the development of a planned multi-billion dollar EV battery plant in Quebec. In August, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Investment Management […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 21, 2023 November 20, 2023
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