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French president Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to reform his country’s pension system have been set back by the results of divisive national elections. During his campaign for the presidency, which he won in April, Macron highlighted a three-part plan including the creation of a nationally sponsored defined benefit pension system — similar to the system used in […]

Retirees with defined benefit pension plans are less likely to draw down their savings to cover their spending than those with a defined contribution plan, according to a new report by the University of Michigan. It found while most employees born between 1920 and 1940 had access to a DB plan, this percentage dropped dramatically […]

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  • May 31, 2022 May 30, 2022
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A ruling by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the B.C. Credit Union Employers’ Pension Plan’s normal retirement date was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. B.C. court upholds pension plan’s decision to increase retirement age 2. Ontario NDP platform includes dental […]

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  • April 29, 2022 April 28, 2022
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The Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld the B.C. Credit Union Employers’ Pension Plan’s decision to increase its normal retirement date to age 65 from age 62. The 2016 decision — which was made by trustees to maintain the plan’s financial viability — was being challenged by a group of plan members who alleged […]

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  • April 26, 2022 April 25, 2022
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Almost two in five (39 per cent) Canadians are confident in their retirement plan, according to a survey conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights for the Bank of Montreal Financial Group. The survey, which polled 1,500 adult Canadians, found while respondents said they need $1.6 million to retire securely, just under half (44 per cent) were […]

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  • February 17, 2022 February 16, 2022
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A growing number of pre-retirees are planning to delay their retirement past age 65, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,900 Canadians, found fewer than 38 per cent of respondents said they’re planning to retire by age 65, compared to about 42 per cent who said […]

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  • November 15, 2021 November 16, 2021
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Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of working Canadians say the coronavirus pandemic has delayed their — or their spouse’s — timeline to retirement, according to a new survey by Ipsos on behalf the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and up, found the top reason for the […]

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  • September 30, 2021 September 30, 2021
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As Canadians head to the polls today, Benefits Canada takes a look at how the federal parties’ campaign promises could impact the human resources, benefits and pension industries. Read: Conservatives, NDP pension promises include super-priority for members The Conservative Party is proposing a plan that would put pension plan members first when the company sponsoring […]

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  • September 20, 2021 September 17, 2021
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The Conservative Party is promising to create tax-free savings accounts that provide gig workers with access to the Canada Pension Plan and employment insurance benefits. While out on the federal election campaign trail on Thursday, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the need for these accounts because gig workers currently can’t pay […]

Remember those Freedom 55 ads that always seemed to be on TV in the ‘80s and ‘90s? I recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole and re-watched some of them and, well, let’s just say they’re as ridiculous as I remember. In one 30-second spot from the early ‘90s, a downcast businesswoman reads the paper […]