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As a new year dawns, our attention turns to what’s ahead, the following are a few of my predictions for trends in the world of pensions in 2022. Volatility We’re entering the year in an environment of considerable economic and financial market uncertainty. Supply chain problems, elevated price inflation and labour shortages in certain industries […]

Among all the legal issues facing DC plan sponsors and administrators, questions around contribution errors is top of mind. “The industry has been speaking with [the Department of] Finance Canada on the tax side to see what can be done to help support us in fixing these errors,” said Susan Nickerson (pictured, left), a partner […]

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is calling on the federal government to reform pension solvency rules while supporting legislation to introduce solvency reserve accounts and variable-payment life annuities. In response to a federal consultation paper, the PIAC said while it supports temporary relief measures amid the current economic climate, it cautioned against an approval […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 22, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00
Feds consulting on pension solvency relief measures, VPLAs

The federal government is consulting on potential solvency funding relief options for 2021 and measures to further strengthen the framework for federally regulated pension plans. About seven per cent of private pension plans in Canada are federally regulated, such as those in industries like banking, telecommunications and inter-provincial transportation, noted a press release from the […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 10, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:24
Feds releasing consultation on pension solvency relief measures, VPLAs

The federal government is publishing a consultation paper on potential solvency funding relief options for 2021 and measures to further strengthen the framework for federally regulated pension plans. The announcement follows the government’s commitment in its 2019 budget to enhance the security of workplace pension in the event of corporate insolvency. The budget proposed the following measures: Requiring […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 10, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:05
Coalition of experts creating roadmap for implementing VPLAs

The Global Risk Institute is bringing together experts from various institutions to build a roadmap for implementing variable payment life annuities to achieve lifetime income for retirees in response to growing concerns of outliving retirement savings. Canadians are living longer, but with this longevity, they’re also watching their workplace pension coverage decline, noted a press […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 5, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:45
An overview of new DC plan decumulation options

From plan members to plan sponsors to providers, everyone in the industry is talking about decumulation. Even governments are getting in on the action. But what will be the effect of the new products? “The options will meet the needs of some employers, but we’re not heading for a revolution just yet,” said Marc-Antoine Morin, […]

A look at how five DC plan members are approaching decumulation

Sometimes, the best way to explore the unknown is by following in the footsteps of someone who’s been there first. When it comes to in-plan decumulation options from a defined contribution pension, whether the plan was grandfathered into existing legislation or is registered in a province that allows the option, many employers — and their […]

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
Decumulation options, OCIO among pension trends for 2020

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the events of 2019 and how they may affect trends in the year to come. I predict a couple of trends on the pension landscape in 2020: much needed progress on the expansion of decumulation options and the outsourcing of the chief investment officer function. Expansion of […]