As anticipated, since the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act came into force December 14, 2012, several provinces have followed suit and tabled legislation to implement the new kind of portable deferred income plan, which is designed to provide retirement income to workers and self-employed persons who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement pension plan.
On March 21, 2012, Quebec became the first province to set up a detailed framework of provincial rules that will apply for PRPPs.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is proposing a risk-based system of regulating pension plans. Essentially, this means improving risk assessment and monitoring, following five principles…
Among the day-to-day political crises that come and go in the news, pension reform has persisted for years now. Is the current system sustainable? Are Canadians saving enough? How can the government make citizens pay more attention to pensions? What role do employers play in engaging workers?
Recently, questions and concerns have been raised about the adequacy of future retirement income for certain members of the Canadian population. These concerns have received particular attention in light of the global ecomonic downturn and other emerging issues, such as longer life expectancy, imminent baby boomer retirements, and declining private pension plan coverage.