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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 […]

  • October 15, 2021 October 14, 2021
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The Royal Bank of Canada is applying the lessons it learned during the coronavirus pandemic to develop a hybrid work model for a wide range of employees and departments. “When we were all forced to work remotely in the spring of 2020, we realized we can do this and still get our work done,” says Lauren […]

  • October 6, 2021 October 6, 2021
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When the coronavirus pandemic shook up the investment landscape last spring, Canadian pension funds were also jostled by the shock wave, with the Alberta Investment Management Corp. and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System among the hardest hit. And while the pandemic was an unprecedented event, such losses have raised the issue of whether Canadian pension […]

  • September 17, 2021 September 16, 2021
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Like many other countries around the world, Poland’s aging population is increasingly highlighting the topic of retirement savings. “Each year, the number of pensioners increase while the fertility rate decreases,” says Sebastian Ludwin, a Poland-based pension projects leader and business development manager at Aon. “On top of that, the public pension replacement rate also decreases […]

  • September 17, 2021 September 16, 2021
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With 57 per cent of Canadian employees expecting flexible working arrangements to continue post-coronavirus pandemic, 54 per cent of Canadian employers are adopting a hybrid working arrangement, according to a new survey by Mercer Canada. The survey found 61 per cent of employees said they prefer to work from home and, currently, 77 per cent […]

  • September 13, 2021 September 10, 2021
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While the majority of Canadian pension and retirement savings plan sponsors view governance as a top priority, 24 per cent said they haven’t conducted a review of their governance policy in the past three years, according to a new survey by Aon. It found 21 per cent of respondents identified “outdated or inefficient plan governance […]

  • August 3, 2021 August 3, 2021
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Lululemon Athletica Inc. is helping employees maintain physical and mental well-being amid the coronavirus pandemic with a series of wellness initiatives. In an emailed statement to Benefits Canada, Angela Wright, vice-president of health and wealth and organization planning at Lululemon, said the company increased its focus on employee well-being during the pandemic, with many existing […]

  • July 5, 2021 July 5, 2021
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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 […]

  • June 29, 2021 June 29, 2021
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Indigenous and racialized seniors have less retirement security and higher poverty rates than white seniors in Canada, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Based on data from the 2016 census, the report found Indigenous seniors have an average income of $32,200 and a poverty rate of 21.5 per cent, […]

  • June 16, 2021 June 15, 2021
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While a majority of employers envision a full-time return to the office post-coronavirus pandemic, many also plan to introduce flexible working arrangements, according to a new survey by ManpowerGroup Canada. It found 70 per cent of employers said the majority (76 per cent to 100 per cent) of their employees have roles that require them […]

  • June 16, 2021 June 14, 2021
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