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NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

Pension and retirement plan members in Newfoundland and Labrador can now designate beneficiaries through electronic means. The amendment allows individuals to name beneficiaries electronically for certain types of plans, including a workplace pension, retirement, welfare or profit-sharing fund or plan, a registered retirement income fund, a registered retirement savings plan or a tax-free savings account. […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2022 June 10, 2022
  • 15:00

Canadian insurers paid out more than $97 billion in benefits from life and health insurance products in 2020, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. The period, which included the first nine months of the coronavirus pandemic, included $420 million paid out for psychology-related claims to support mental health, up 24 […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 15, 2021 September 15, 2021
  • 09:00
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Two East coast companies are among the early adopters of a retirement savings platform for employers in the not-for-profit sector. Prince Edward Island Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. and Newfoundland-based Thrive previously offered their employees group registered retirement savings plans. Danya O’Malley, executive director of the PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, says lower fees was […]

ACPM calling on feds to streamline pension overpayment recovery

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is calling on the federal government to provide Canadians with access to more-secure retirement income. In its submission to the 2021 federal budget, the CLHIA recommended that Canadians in and approaching retirement have access to flexible annuity options within registered pensions, registered retirement savings plans, registered retirement income […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021
  • 15:00

Canadians received a record $103 billion in benefits from life and health insurers last year, up 60 per cent from a decade earlier, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. The benefits include $53.3 billion in pension annuity payments, $38.1 billion in health benefits for prescription drugs and supplementary health […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
New report highlights financial considerations of delaying CPP payments

A retiree faces a 50 per cent probability of receiving more income by delaying Canada Pension Plan payments, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries. The report, authored by Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, director of financial security research at Ryerson University’s National Institute on Ageing, investigated the financial […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 30, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 15:15
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With the federal government easing the withdrawal requirements for registered retirement income funds in a bid to alleviate the harm to retirees’ portfolios caused by the coronavirus-spurred market crash, the industry is suggesting similar measures for other retirement arrangements. “Canadians who are about to turn money into income will be faced with the decision of […]

Will coronavirus push changes to CAP landscape forward?

With the federal government easing the withdrawal requirements for registered retirement income funds in a bid to alleviate the harm to retirees’ portfolios caused by the coronavirus-spurred market crash, the industry is suggesting similar measures for other retirement arrangements. “Canadians who are about to turn money into income will be faced with the decision of […]

High-cost drug strategy, flexible annuities in CLHIA wish list for federal budget

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is asking the federal government to develop a strategy for access to high-cost drugs and to make flexible annuity options available for a variety of retirement savings vehicles. In its 2020 budget submission to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the association called for the federal government to work with provincial and territorial governments and […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 6, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 08:30
CLHIA white paper calls for more flexible annuities in CAPs, TFSAs

As pension regulators move forward with legislation permitting annuity options for certain capital accumulation plans, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is calling on the federal government to make flexible annuities available for registered retirement savings plans, registered retirement income funds and tax-free savings accounts. In March 2019, the federal budget proposed enabling advanced life deferred annuities for […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 5, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:45