Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Alert: Proposed Ontario Amendment Eliminating the 30-per-cent Rule for Pension Fund Investments

March 16, 2016

The Ontario government has announced a consultation until April 29, 2016, relating to a proposed regulation change under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) that would permit a pension plan administrator to invest pension plan assets in more than 30 per cent of a corporation’s voting shares. The announcement suggests that a threshold may be established where corporate disclosure or undertakings…

2016 Ontario Budget Provisions Affecting Registered Pension Plans and the ORPP

February 26, 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government tabled its 2016 budget (Budget), which included a number of provisions affecting registered pension plans and the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). On that same day, the government introduced Bill 173, Jobs for Today and Tomorrow Act (Budget Measures), 2016, which implements certain provisions of the Budget (Bill 173). Modernizing the regulation and…

Alert: ORPP Phase-In of Contributions Delayed Until January 2018

February 16, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the Ontario and federal governments announced an agreement regarding the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) (Announcement). The Ontario government is proposing to delay phase-in of the ORPP by starting the first phase of contributions in January 2018.  The Announcement also provides that the Ontario and federal governments will be working to explore potential Canada Pension Plan…

Ontario Government Releases Additional ORPP Design Details

January 27, 2016

On January 26, 2016, the Ontario government released additional design details about the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) as well as a technical bulletin, which provide additional information about the ORPP that will be relevant to employers with workers employed in Ontario, including: Comparability Test: Employers and employees who participate in a comparable workplace pension plan (Comparable Plan) will not…

Look Ahead: 2016 Legal Trends

January 8, 2016

  While global markets can be unpredictable, we have assembled some key legal trends that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2016.  ​​​​   Anti-Spam   Capital Markets  ​ China    Commercial Real Estate Cybersecurity Employment & Labour Financial Services Regulatory Intellectual Property International Trade   Litigation & Dispute Resolution   Mergers & Acquisitions   Oil &…

Pensions Newsletter – December 2015

December 15, 2015

​​Welcome to the 12th 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….

CRA Positions on Deferred Share Unit Plans and Private Health Services Plans

December 7, 2015

In November of this year at the Canadian Tax Foundation’s 67th Annual Tax Conference (Conference), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced its current positions on Deferred Share Unit (DSU) conversions; payment events for DSU plans that cover U.S. taxpayers; and the requirement that Private Health Services Plans (PHSPs) provide benefits that qualify for the medical expense tax credit. DSU CONVERSIONS The…

2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review Provisions Affecting the Retirement Income System

November 27, 2015

On November 26, 2015, the Ontario government released its 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review (Economic Statement). The main features of the Economic Statement as they relate to the retirement income system are summarized below. ONTARIO RETIREMENT PENSION PLAN (ORPP) The Ontario government has confirmed that it continues to move forward to implement the ORPP in 2017, while allowing…

Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law

November 19, 2015

Our semi-annual client seminar addresses current issues in pension and employee benefits law. Our complimentary seminar includes presentations by our speakers on recent legal developments.  Topics: Case Law and Regulatory Roundup – Jeff Sommers and Adam Ngan Planning for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan – Kathryn Bush SIPPs and ESG: New Rules for the New Year – Elizabeth Boyd Employee…

Strategies for Executive Compensation

October 21, 2015

This complimentary seminar, hosted in Toronto, provided an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting the design and taxation of executive compensation arrangements with speakers from the Blakes Executive Compensation group and Towers Watson: Topics: Responding to Pressures for Longer-Term Equity Awards Clawback Provisions and Restrictive Covenants – Responding to Dodd Frank and Enforceability Speakers: Blakes Elizabeth Boyd, Partner, Pensions, Benefits…

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