Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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CPP Agreement in Principle Reached, ORPP Will Not Proceed if Deal is Finalized

June 21, 2016

The federal government and the provinces, except for Quebec and Manitoba, have reached an agreement in principle to a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement that will be phased in over seven years beginning January 1, 2019. Ontario has said that the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will not proceed if the deal is finalized. The agreement in principle must be approved…

Recent Developments in Pension and Employee Benefits Law

May 5, 2016

  This seminar will includes presentations by our speakers on recent legal developments. Topics: Caselaw and Regulatory Round-UpCaroline Helbronner and Adam Ngan ORPP: What More Do We Know and What Should You Now Be ConsideringKathryn Bush Current Issues in Pension DB and DC Fund InvestmentJeremy Forgie and Elizabeth Boyd Pension Predicaments: Over Contributions and Overpayments Jeffrey Sommers and Lindsay McLeod…

Pensions Newsletter – April 2016

April 28, 2016

Welcome to the 13th 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. IN…

Bill 186: Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016, Introduced

April 19, 2016

On April 14, 2016, the Ontario government introduced the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016, as Bill 186 (Bill or Act) in the Ontario legislature. The government concurrently released a news release and plan design details (Plan Design Details). The Bill, news release and Plan Design Details are a culmination of several years of Ontario…

Your Guide to the 2016 Federal Budget

April 15, 2016

We have summarized key aspects of the Liberal government’s 2016 federal budget that may impact your business. Please see 2016 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures for more information. For pension-related matters, see Federal Budget 2016 – Pension Issues. For financial services, see 2016 Federal Budget – Financial Services Highlights. For infrastructure, see Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget. In…

Legal Trends 2016: Pensions & Employee Benefits

March 28, 2016

ONE | PUBLIC PENSION REFORM The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). In this political climate, debates surrounding pension coverage and retirement income security will increasingly focus on mandatory schemes….

2016 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2016

On March 22, 2016, the Minister of Finance tabled Canada’s 2016 Federal Budget (the 2016 Budget). This was the first budget presented by the newly-elected Liberal government, which won a strong majority in the fall 2015 federal election after nearly a decade with the Conservative party in power. The Liberals were elected on a platform that included promises to provide tax…

Federal Budget 2016 – Pension Issues

March 23, 2016

In its 2016 budget (Budget), the federal government announced a number of pensions matters, which are discussed below. PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT (PBSA) – 30-PER-CENT RULE AND BILATERAL AGREEMENTS The Budget announces that the federal government will shortly be launching a public consultation on the usefulness of the 30-per-cent investment restriction, which restricts pension plans from holding more than 30 per…

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…

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