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An article on Canadian employers increasing salaries and offering remote work to attract talent was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Canadian employers increasing salaries, offering remote work to attract talent: survey 2. Expert panel: How national dental care could impact group benefits […]

  • August 12, 2022 August 12, 2022
  • 09:05

The world’s electrical grids require massive investments if countries are to meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goals, according to a new report from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. “In many countries, including the world’s most advanced economies, aging grids are not yet ready for the expected surge in demand,” noted the report. “Nor were […]

  • August 9, 2022 August 9, 2022
  • 12:15

Sun Life Financial Inc. is selling its U.K. pension and annuities business. The company has entered an agreement to sell SLF of Canada U.K. Ltd. to U.K.-based long-term savings and retirement business Phoenix Group Holdings for a closing price of $385 million. Sun Life will retain its economic interest in Sun Life U.K.’s payout annuities […]

  • August 5, 2022 August 5, 2022
  • 09:00

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans saw median returns of negative 7.33 per cent in the second quarter of 2022, according to the BNY Mellon Canadian master trust universe. It found the one-year median return as of June 30, 2022 was negative 8.25 per cent, while the median 10-year annualized return was 7.45 per cent. Among […]

  • August 4, 2022 August 4, 2022
  • 12:00

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is entering exclusive negotiations to acquire France-based Akiem, a provider of freight locomotive leasing services in Europe. The offer is subject to customary consultation with employee representative bodies within Akiem and its current owner, the SNCF Group, according to a press release, which noted the transaction is subject […]

  • August 4, 2022 August 4, 2022
  • 12:00

More than eight in 10 (82 per cent) senior leaders say they’ve experienced exhaustion indicative of burnout, according to a survey by Deloitte Canada and LifeWorks Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,100 senior leaders from 11 companies in global markets including Canada, Europe and the U.S., found nearly all (96 per cent) of those […]

  • August 4, 2022 August 3, 2022
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The Pension Investment Association of Canada is providing feedback on the International Sustainability Standard Board’s exposure drafts on disclosure of financial information pertaining to sustainability and climate change. In an open letter responding to a consultation by the ISSB, the PIAC said while it supports the ISSB’s decision to build upon existing reporting frameworks — […]

  • August 4, 2022 August 3, 2022
  • 09:00

Banks must provide institutional investors with more information on climate strategies, according to the head of an organization of European pension funds and asset managers seeking to curb carbon emissions. “For investors considering their own net-zero alignment and stewardship of portfolio companies, it is critical that they have sufficient information on companies’ transition planning, including […]

  • August 2, 2022 July 31, 2022
  • 12:00

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are reinvesting in a telecommunications infrastructure provider to support its acquisition of a U.S. digital network provider. BAI Communications Inc., a Toronto-based internet and telephone network service provider, is acquiring ZenFi Networks Inc, a New York-based digital infrastructure provider specializing in roaming services […]

  • August 2, 2022 July 31, 2022
  • 12:00

Canadian defined benefit pension plans’ assets experienced losses of 8.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2022, bringing year-to-date total returns to negative 14.7 per cent, according to a new report by RBC Investor and Treasury Services. It was the most significant decline since the third quarter of 2008, when assets also fell by 8.6 […]

  • August 2, 2022 July 29, 2022
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