Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Alberta Extends Deadline to File Actuarial Valuation Reports

September 13, 2017

On September 11, 2017, the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance announced that the Superintendent of Pensions has extended the deadline to file actuarial valuation reports prepared as at December 31, 2016, by six months, to March 31, 2018, for all pension plans except collectively bargained multi-employer plans. Alberta also granted a six-month extension for actuarial valuation reports due to be…

Missing Pension Plan Beneficiaries and the Federal Consultation Paper on the Financial Sector Framework

August 22, 2017

The Bank of Canada currently maintains a program for holding account balances for missing individuals, which are transferred from banks and trust companies in certain circumstances. On August 11, 2017, the federal Department of Finance released a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) indicating that consideration is being given to modernizing this program. We understand that the federal Department of Finance may…

OSFI Issues Draft Guideline for Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

August 8, 2017

On July 31, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published for comment a new draft guideline, titled: Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans (Draft Guideline). According to OSFI, the new Draft Guideline is intended to outline factors that OSFI expects administrators of federally regulated pension plans to consider as they develop and…

Pensions Newsletter – July 2017

July 24, 2017

Welcome to the 18th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Alert: Ontario Sets Out Transitional Measures, Provides Solvency Relief

July 4, 2017

As mentioned in our May 2017 Blakes Alert: Ontario Government Announces New Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans, the Ontario government had promised that transitional measures would be available to plan sponsors filing actuarial reports in 2017 in light of the changes to the funding rules that are expected to come into effect in 2018. While we are not…

Alert: Ontario Government Announces New Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

May 23, 2017

On May 19, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it is implementing a new funding framework for defined benefit pension plans, which includes: Requiring funding on a solvency basis in the event that a plan’s funded status falls below 85 per cent. That is, the new funding framework will not require funding on a solvency basis where the plan’s funded…

Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law

May 4, 2017

Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group and guest speakers from our Employment & Labour and Litigation & Dispute Resolution groups discuss recent updates and legal developments in pension and employee benefits law as well as related human rights and insolvency issues. Topics: Case Law and Regulatory Round-UpElizabeth Boyd DB Pension Plan De-Risking: Buy-In and Buy-Out AnnuitiesJeremy Forgie CAPs: Member…

2017 Ontario Budget – Pension and Retirement Savings Issues

May 1, 2017

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario government tabled its 2017 budget (Budget), which included a number of pension and other retirement savings plans-related provisions. On that same day, the government introduced Bill 127, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact, amend and repeal various statutes, which, if passed, will implement certain provisions of the Budget. CANADA PENSION PLAN…

Pensions Newsletter – April 2017

April 20, 2017

Welcome to the 17th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

TSX Amends Proposal for New Website and Equity Compensation Plan Disclosure

April 18, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) published for comment a revised version of proposed amendments (Revised Amendments) to Part IV and Part VI of the TSX Company Manual (Manual) and certain other ancillary amendments to the Manual. The Revised Amendments are a revision to proposed amendments (May 2016 Proposal) that were originally published for comment by the…

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