Jason Vary

September 17, 2019

BC Pension Funding Consultation – Why can’t we all get along?

Last month, while many of us were on vacation, the British Columbia government continued their consultations on their pension funding framework by publishing a report from […]
July 9, 2019

FSRA Examinations – Keep Calm and Carry On

Several of our clients have had the pleasure of being ‘audited’ by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO” – now renamed the Financial Services Regulatory […]
May 29, 2019

The Wonders of Variable Payment Life Annuities

I figured that since Joe has been writing a lot about DC plans and annuities lately, and earlier Dean provided his commentary on the recent Federal […]
January 29, 2019

Pension Commuted Values Revisited

It seems that actuaries like nothing more than debating exactly how to calculate a commuted value for a member of a defined benefit (DB) pension plan […]
December 4, 2018

AMPing up the Pain

Back in May 2017, I wrote about some Scary New Powers for the Superintendent where at the end I asked for guidance from FSCO on how […]
July 19, 2018

New Research on CPP Enhancements

A recently released research paper by Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, “New CPP Enhancements: What do they mean for Canadian workers and seniors?” models how enhanced CPP (i.e. CPP2) […]
May 8, 2018

Regulation of Financial Planners – Something’s Missing

Earlier this year, the Ontario government issued a Consultation Paper on the Regulation of Financial Planners (the “Proposed Regulations”) seeking comments on their proposals.  This follows […]
April 10, 2018

Proposed Regulations for Variable Benefits from DC Pension Plans

While you may ask, “What took them so long?”, the Ontario government recently published a description of the proposed regulations to permit variable benefits to be […]
January 19, 2018

Ontario’s New Pension Funding Framework – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Further to our client memo on the current consultations by the Ontario Government on the proposed regulations relating to the new funding framework for DB pension […]
July 24, 2017

Too Late to Complain about Enhanced CPP

Earlier this month, an op-ed article by Rob Brown in the Globe and Mail referenced a recent study by Bob Baldwin and Richard Shillington, which takes issue […]
May 29, 2017

Scary New Powers for the Superintendent

Recently overshadowed by the big announcement on the new funding framework for defined benefit pension plans, earlier this month the Ontario government issued a pair of […]
April 26, 2017
A photo of a financial advisor pointing something out to a client on a computer monitor.

Financial Advisors, lack of regulation holds consumers back

In March, the Ontario government quietly released the Final Report of the Expert Committee to Consider Financial Advisory and Financial Planning Policy Alternatives, which the Liberals […]