Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Is CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Coming to Canada?

July 23, 2014

INTRODUCTION Last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a proposal that would require U.S. public companies to disclose the ratio of CEO annual compensation to median employee annual compensation. Similarly, the European Commission is proposing the adoption of rules requiring certain publicly traded companies to report CEO pay ratios.   Proposals to use and disclose vertical benchmarking…

Alert: Ontario Reintroduces 2014 Budget with Provisions Affecting Pensions

July 15, 2014

  On July 14, 2014, the Ontario government reintroduced its budget that it had originally tabled on May 1, 2014, which lists a number of key pensions-related matters, including the introduction of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan that supplements the Canada Pension Plan; a legislative framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans; consultation on target benefit plans; reforms for defined benefit…

Alert: Ontario Reintroduces 2014 Budget with Provisions Affecting Pensions

July 15, 2014

On July 14, 2014, the Ontario government reintroduced its budget that it had originally tabled on May 1, 2014, which lists a number of key pensions-related matters, including the introduction of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan that supplements the Canada Pension Plan; a legislative framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans; consultation on target benefit plans; reforms for defined benefit pension…

Pensions Newsletter – June 2014

June 1, 2014

Welcome to the sixth 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 This…

Alberta Has ‘Hit the Pause Button’ on Latest Pension Reforms

May 9, 2014

  On May 6, 2014, Alberta President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Doug Horner announced the provincial government’s intention to “briefly hit the pause button” on two pieces of pension reform legislation that were introduced in April. As discussed in a previous Blakes Bulletin: Two New Bills Bring More Changes to Alberta’s Pension Legislation, Bills 9 and 10 were…

Ontario Government’s 2014 Budget Provisions Affecting Pensions

May 2, 2014

  In its 2014 budget, the Ontario government has announced a number of key pensions-related matters, which include: the introduction of a provincial Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) that supplements the Canada Pension Plan (CPP); a legislative framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs); consultation on target benefit plans; reforms for defined benefit (DB) pension plans with respect to funding…

Ontario Government Proposes Regulations to Expand DC Payment Options and Increase Disclosure

April 29, 2014

  The Ontario government has recently announced several proposed regulations that will affect the administration of Ontario-registered pension plans. These regulations will enable variable benefit accounts to be offered under Ontario-registered defined contribution plans, establish new filing requirements for SIPPs and set out the requirements for statements for former and retired members.     VARIABLE BENEFIT ACCOUNTS FOR DC PENSION…

Two New Bills Bring More Changes to Alberta’s Pension Legislation

April 28, 2014

  On April 16, 2014, the Alberta government introduced two bills making amendments to both its new private-sector and existing public-sector pension legislation. These bills constitute the next steps in ongoing processes to reform pensions in Alberta. Bill 10, the Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act, 2014 (EPP Amendment Act), makes numerous changes to Alberta’s new Employment Pension Plans Act (New Act)….

​Federal Government Proposes Framework for Target Benefit Pension Plans

April 25, 2014

  The federal government has recently announced it will be launching consultations on a potential framework regarding target benefit pension plans (TBPs) for federally regulated private-sector and Crown corporation pension plans. The federal government is seeking views on the approach and elements of a proposed federal TBP framework. TBPs have recently been attracting more attention in Canada and aim to…

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