Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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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…

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

Alert: What’s Mine is Legally Yours – New Definition of “Spouse” in the Pension Benefits Act

February 14, 2017

Without any pomp and circumstance, the definition of “spouse” under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) (PBA) was amended effective January 1, 2017. Under the revised definition, a spouse continues to include someone who is married to a person or who lives with a person in a ‘common-law’ relationship for at least three years. The definition also continues to include persons who…

Pensions Newsletter – December 2016

December 14, 2016

Welcome to the 16th 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….

Plan Administrators, Are You Prepared for Ontario’s New Regime for Pension Advisory Committees?

November 16, 2016

Many pension plan administrators will soon have new obligations regarding pension advisory committees (PAC). Ontario’s new PAC regime was proposed in fall 2015 and will come into force on January 1, 2017. In particular, O. Reg 351/16 amends the General Regulation under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) and comes into force on January 1, 2017. This bulletin highlights what plan…

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