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The OPSEU Pension Trust is expanding the definition of an eligible dependent child so disabled dependent children may be entitled to survivor benefits. Previously, a plan member’s children were only eligible for survivor benefits if they were younger than age 18, older than age 18 and attending secondary school full time or attending a post-secondary […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2023 April 6, 2023
  • 09:00

An article on how working mothers are struggling with work-life balance was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Majority of Canadian working moms struggling with work-life balance: survey 2. CPPIB jointly acquiring cloud-based software company, OMERS subsidiary entering debt financing agreements 3. How employers […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 17, 2023 March 16, 2023
  • 09:00

The OPSEU Pension Trust finished 2022 with net assets of $24.642 billion, down 2.2 per cent from the previous year, according to its latest annual results. “The most important thing is the funded status, which is at 100 per cent,” says Peter Lindley, president and chief executive officer of the OPTrust. “I think it’s quite […]


The OPSEU Pension Trust is selling its stake in an environmental waste management company. The OPTrust, which first bought an equity stake in Environmental 360 Solutions Inc. in 2020, is one of several institutional investors selling its shares to Blackrock Inc.’s alternatives fund. Environmental 360 Solutions Inc. is an end-to-end environmental management solutions provider to municipal […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 21, 2023 February 21, 2023
  • 12:00
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec received the highest mark in a report card grading the climate strategies of the 11 largest public pension investment organizations in Canada. The Caisse’s strategy, which received a B+ from Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, was praised for including provisions to divest its portfolio […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 19, 2023 January 19, 2023
  • 12:30

The OPSEU Pension Trust is enhancing its climate change strategy to successfully navigate the global transition toward net-zero emissions. The pension fund’s priorities include updating climate scenarios and examining any implications for its investment approach; launching climate due diligence frameworks for use by investment teams across all asset classes; implementing stewardship plans to advance the transition […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 26, 2022 October 26, 2022
  • 15:00

As a fresh-faced elementary school student in 1977, Aaron Bennett wasn’t quite in the target demographic for the freshly launched Benefits Canada magazine. Still, Bennett — now the chief investment officer at Ontario’s University Pension Plan — has a pretty firm grasp on the concerns that would have occupied the minds of his predecessors as […]


A development backed by the OPSEU Pension Trust is the beneficiary of the largest federal loan to a First Nations economic partnership in Canadian history. The Sen̓áḵw development project, in which the OPTrust has a 20 per cent stake, aims to construct 6,000 homes in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood. It has received a $1.4 billion federal […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 8, 2022 September 7, 2022
  • 12:00

Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives aren’t a new concept for employers — just ask any human resources professional. However, in a changing world marked by growing calls for social justice, many plan sponsors are extending these initiatives beyond workplace conduct and employee benefits into retirement planning, merging diversity with their pension plans’ designs and communications […]

Pension plan sponsors can’t ignore the financial risks of climate change or respond to them with half-baked approaches that allow companies to continue pumping out pollution. To be credible, comprehensive and complete, strategies protecting Canadians’ retirement savings from the unprecedented risks of the climate crisis must include several key elements. A Paris-aligned commitment The Paris Agreement […]