Dean Newell

August 27, 2018

CAAT DBplus – A Step in the Right Direction

There is an interesting development in the Canadian pension landscape that has the potential to be a real game changer.  Earlier this year, the CAAT Pension […]
June 19, 2018

Discharge Upon Annuity Purchase

On July 1, 2018, Section 43.1 of the Ontario Pension Benefits Act comes into effect, providing Administrators’ of single-employer defined benefit pension plans with the ability […]
April 27, 2018

A Brief Review of the Regulations that enact Ontario’s New Pension Funding Framework

On April 20, 2018, the Ontario Government filed the detailed regulations that formally implement the new funding framework for DB pension plans, as well as formalize […]
February 21, 2018

Proposed Changes to PBGF Assessments – Striving for Balance

As part of the Ontario government’s proposed new funding framework for defined benefit pension plans, they have recently released a description of proposed changes to the […]
January 3, 2018

Taking Stock of 2017 and Looking Ahead in 2018

With 2017 now behind us, it’s time for pension plan sponsors to take stock and plan for the year ahead. Solvency position at December 31, 2017 […]
December 18, 2017

Mortality Improvement – Increasing Again?

As Canadian defined benefit plan sponsors are aware, it wasn’t that long ago that the mortality tables and mortality improvement rates were updated. In 2014 the […]
September 27, 2017

Time to Fix the Maximum Transfer Values

With the expansion of the CPP checked off the Federal Government’s ‘to-do’ list, it is my hope that they still have the appetite to work on […]
June 30, 2017

Transitional Measures for Funding Valuations Performed in 2017

In our client memo dated May 23, 2017, we discussed the Ontario Government’s announcement of the changes to the funding framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans.  […]
March 28, 2017

A Difference of Opinion

I have been fascinated by the dispute between the Ontario Government and the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario that has transpired regarding the treatment […]
January 3, 2017

It’s January 3, 2017 – let’s start the year off with some good news

With 2016 now in the past, it is time for pension plan sponsors to take stock and plan for 2017. Solvency position at December 31, 2016 […]
October 7, 2016

Some Good Ideas, and One Really Bad Idea

Regular readers of this commentary will be familiar with my colleague Joe Nunes’ views on the various Bad Ideas that our governments have proposed on pension […]