Policy & Government

December 20, 2019

Pension Funding Reform in B.C. and Manitoba

The legislators in Western Canada have been busy this fall, requiring me to write one last blog before the end of 2019. Manitoba Pension Reform On […]
December 10, 2019

FSRA Assessments – Holiday Bills Come Early

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“FSRA”) surprised us all last month by getting a jump on the post-holiday bill hangover and issuing a non-regularly […]
June 11, 2019

G19 – Who has something to hide?

Please forgive yourself if you don’t know what G19 is (was).  It was a guideline published by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association regarding Compensation […]
March 26, 2019

The 2019 Federal Budget – New Policy Initiatives Could Provide Canadians With More Flexibility

The 2019 Federal Budget that was released last week includes a few proposals that could dramatically change the landscape for retirement savings in Canada.  With the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 1, 2017

Sears Canada – Retention and Retirement

I didn’t think much of it when news came out in June that Sears Canada had sought bankruptcy protection. Companies take wrong turns all the time […]
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 […]
June 6, 2017

Minimum Wage Changes – Maximum Velocity

I have said in the past that I am not interested in politics, don’t understand politics, and don’t align myself with a political party or movement. […]
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 […]