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Alberta’s Fair Deal panel is recommending that the provincial government withdraws from the Canada Pension Plan and creates its own, subject to a referendum. “The panel recommends vigorously exploring this option and conducting the due diligence needed to assure Albertans that benefits and risks are understood and can be positively managed,” wrote the panel. “Albertans will […]

Employers to have easier time accessing coronavirus wage subsidy program

The federal government will now only require employers to demonstrate a 15 per cent drop in revenue during the month of March due to the coronavirus to be able to access the new 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy. For all subsequent months that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is available, employers will be required to show a revenue drop […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 8, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:45
CPP enhancements good start, but more needed to ensure retirement readiness: report

The Canada Pension Plan enhancements are a strong start but the country needs to do more to help people prepare for retirement, according to a new report from Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing. The paper — authored by Keith Ambachtsheer, director emeritus of the International Centre for Pension Management, and Michael Nicin, executive director of […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 12, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:30
Proposed Alberta Pension Plan has underwriting, political risks: report

A potential Alberta Pension Plan would expose Albertans to material underwriting risks and the potential for political involvement in decisions about the plan’s investment policy, according to a new report. The report — authored by Keith Ambachtscheer, founder of KPA Advisory Services Ltd. and adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management — also estimated […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 13, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:15

This month’s Head to head considers the merits of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans as the country’s pension landscape becomes an increasingly diverse patchwork. Jerry Dias, president of Unifor National: Let’s cut to the chase. Absent a voice for workers through a union and collective bargaining, there really wouldn’t be much debate around defined […]

Head to head: Is it time to change the retirement age?

As the pension industry faces shifting demographics and rising longevity, and both the former and current federal governments have taken opposite positions on changing the retirement age, the issue is still up for debate. Carly Wybrow, spokesperson for the Canadian Institute of Actuaries When the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan were established in […]

Liberals promising tax-free parental benefits, increased CPP survivor’s benefit

The Liberal Party announced a number of campaign promises this week, including making maternity and parental benefits tax-free, introducing a 15-week leave for adoptive parents, strengthening the old-age security benefit and increasing the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan survivor’s benefit. If re-elected, the Liberal government said it will work to establish guaranteed paid family […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 19, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:00

It may not happen this year, or next year, or even the year after that. But sometime between now and 2025, Canadian employers will almost certainly need to re-think their retirement policies in response to Canada Pension Plan expenses that began to go up in January. Canadian pension experts say higher mandatory contributions to the CPP and the […]

One pension pillar can’t achieve all objectives: report

While the Canadian retirement income system is performing well overall, it still requires some assessment to determine its primary goals and how changing one part of the system may affect the other parts, according to a new report by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. “Basically, what we’re trying to say [in the report] […]

A primer on the incoming CPP/QPP enhancements

In 2016, the Government of Canada reached an agreement with the provinces that provides for significant enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan, with an announcement of similar changes to the Quebec Pension Plan following in 2017. When the changes were announced, employers took note of the pending increases in the target benefit and contribution rates under the […]

  • November 27, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00