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A Toronto-based seafood market is using its benefits and compensation offerings to engage employees in an industry hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. David Owen, owner of De La Mer, recently introduced a profit-sharing plan and health benefits for employees of his four stores. While the pandemic delayed the launch of these programs by […]

While renovation shows on television tend to take a sledgehammer to every surface in a house for dramatic effect, there’s another way. Defined contribution pension plans don’t need to be completely gutted to stay current. Something akin to painting an accent wall, like tweaking contribution rates, can be just as effective and way more cost-effective. […]

The selection of a target-date fund glide path is more crucial than ever as the migration from DB to DC pension plans continues Since its formation in the mid-1990s as an optional alternative to the company’s longstanding defined benefit offerings, the DC plan has amassed more than $1.5 billion in total assets as members gradually […]

The old adage “good things come to those who wait” is especially true of Canada and Quebec Pension Plan benefits. A $1,000 monthly CPP/QPP benefit in today’s dollars at age 60 increases to $1,112.50 if the individual delays until age 61 and to $2,218.75 if they wait until age 70, equivalent to more than $100,000 […]

With many employers currently planning where employees will work post-coronavirus pandemic, our story on the Royal Bank of Canada’s hybrid work model piqued the interest of Benefits Canada‘s readers, taking the top spot as the most-read story over the past seven days on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. RBC banking […]

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  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
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Nearly half (44 per cent) of employers that offer retirement benefits said employee productivity has been better than normal over the past year, compared to 29 per cent of employers that don’t offer retirement benefits, according to a survey by Maru Group Ltd. on behalf of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. The survey, which […]

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Canadians reported slightly higher levels of financial well-being in the summer of 2021, with many focusing on saving for retirement, according to a new survey by LifeWorks Inc. The survey, conducted among 3,000 respondents, found a financial well-being index score of negative 1.6 compared to the pre-coronavirus pandemic benchmark, up slightly from negative 2.8 in […]

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  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 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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Although Manitoba’s Pension Amendments Act takes effect on Oct. 1, pension plan sponsors are disappointed that the provisions allowing them to use reserve accounts to fund solvency deficiencies have been excluded from the proclamation. “The government has not indicated when the reserve account provisions will come into effect and sponsors are anxious because they would […]

Canadians taking CPP at 60 losing $100,000+ in retirement income: study

About a third (36 per cent) of working Canadians and 21 per cent of retirees aren’t confident how much money their retirement income sources will provide them in the future, according to a new survey by Mackenzie Investments. Fortunately, a majority (79 per cent) of retirees said they’re very or somewhat confident their retirement income sources will […]

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  • September 28, 2021 September 27, 2021
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