Whatever the fate of Sears Holdings Corp.’s operations in the United States, the company’s American pensioners are likely to emerge better off than their Canadian counterparts. Much of that is due to the broad powers available to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which regulates pensions in the United States. “The PBGC can act pre-emptively, and it […]
As part of its 2018 budget, the Ontario government unveiled a proposal to make its changes to the pension benefits guarantee fund apply retroactively to plans with a windup date on or after May 19, 2017. “This amendment is intended to apply to pension benefits provided to former Sears Canada employees,” the government noted in its budget on […]
The Pension Investment Association of Canada is calling out Ontario’s proposed defined benefit solvency funding framework for its lack of solvency reserve account structures, a model that exists in the regulatory landscapes in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In a letter to Charles Sousa, the province’s minister of finance, the association’s chair Brenda King notes it has advocated in favour […]
The Canadian Institute of Actuaries is urging Ontario to take an actuarial approach to its proposed changes for the pension benefits guarantee fund. The province has proposed increasing the guarantee provided by the fund to $1,500 per month from $1,000. In a wider submission to the province’s Ministry of Finance on the proposed new funding rules for defined […]
Ontario should scrap its Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) in favour of a less risky alternative, says a new report from the Fraser Institute, entitled Getting Ontario’s taxpayers off the hook for private pension liabilities.
Pension reform proposals tabled by the Ontario government continue to receive mixed reaction from industry groups and pension plan service providers. “We applaud Minister Duncan on his leadership on pension reform and for acting on the recommendations in the Arthurs Report in a timely manner,” said Scott Perkin, president of the Association of Canadian Pension […]