Category: Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Target Benefit Plans and Annuities for Federally Regulated Enterprises

October 25, 2016

On October 19, 2016, the federal government tabled Bill C-27, which proposes amendments to the federal Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (PBSA). If passed, this bill will allow federally regulated employers to create both single employer and multi-employer target benefit plans, and to purchase annuities as a full discharge of the plan’s obligations under the PBSA in a non-windup situation….

Pensions Newsletter – October 2016

October 19, 2016

Welcome to the 15th 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….

Strategies for Executive Compensation

September 15, 2016

This complimentary seminar provides an opportunity to discuss trends and current issues affecting the design, disclosure and taxation of executive compensation arrangements with speakers from the Blakes Executive Compensation group and Mercer Canada Limited. Topics: Emerging challenges in executive compensation   Customizing executive pay strategy            Restructuring equity-based incentives: tax and securities law issues            Disclosure developments: new TSX Rules and securities…

Under Review: Solvency Funding Reform for Ontario Sponsors of Single Employer Pension Plans

July 28, 2016

On July 26, 2016, Ontario released a consultation paper, “Review of Ontario’s Solvency Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans” (Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper is open for comment until September 30, 2016. As noted in our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review Provisions Affecting the Retirement Income System, Ontario’s 2015 Economic Statement provided that…

Pensions Newsletter – July 2016

July 14, 2016

Welcome to the 14th 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….

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-Up Caroline Helbronner and Adam Ngan ORPP: What More Do We Know and What Should You Now Be Considering Kathryn Bush Current Issues in Pension DB and DC Fund Investment Jeremy Forgie and Elizabeth Boyd Pension Predicaments: Over Contributions and Overpayments Jeffrey Sommers…

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…

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