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Government on Right Track with Target Benefit Pension Plans

Robert L. Brown | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Robert L. Brown

In a speech in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Sorensen, Minister of State for Finance, introduced details of a new "hybrid" pension plan proposed for all federal workers and other corporations under federal pension regulation. He referred to these proposed plans as Target Benefit Pension Plans.

Ontario Launches Its Own Retirement Plan

CP | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO — Ontario released a blueprint for a homegrown pension plan in its spring budget Thursday, but left the door open to expanding the program t...

Ottawa Unveils New 'Shared-Risk' Pension

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Ottawa unveiled a third option for pension plans Thursday, touting it as the best way to secure a retirement for more Canadians rather than ...

New Shared-Risk Pension Plan Coming?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Ottawa is preparing to announce a proposal to create yet another new pension scheme designed to occupy a middle ground between defined-benefi...

The Australian Pension System Won't Work For Canada

Robert L. Brown | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Business
Robert L. Brown

Now, in Australia, you get a lump sum pay-out (hardly any Aussies annuitize their lump sum). Once again, you have to manage your retirement on your own. Now, even if you knew exactly when you were going to die, this would be difficult, but when you have no idea of your personal life expectancy, this is a problem beyond the capabilities of the average Canadian.

Retirees, Don't Wait Around for Government To Fix the Pension Crisis

Susan Eng | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

Any solution must address the chronic under-saving that threatens to reduce the standard of living for a significant percentage of people earning from $30,000 to $100,000 once the pay cheques stop -- whether by choice or not. The people who should be using existing savings vehicles like RRSPs are not.

More Canadians Counting On Lottery Than Family For Retirement

CP/Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business

More Canadians are counting on winning the lottery than on help from family members to get through retirement, a survey from BMO finds. The Canada ...

Fix EI to Help Canadians Retire Richer

Candice Malcolm | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Candice Malcolm

Worried about retirement savings? Premier Wynne is certainly worried for you. She doesn't think that families in Ontario are saving enough for their retirement. Considering how much we are nickel-and-dimed in this country, maybe she's right. The further the government reaches into our pockets, the less we have to put away for the future.

2013's Top 10 Stories for B.C. Small Businesses

Mike Klassen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

According to our monthly Business Barometer survey, B.C. small business confidence grew substantially this year. In February, B.C. ranked in sixth place among Canada's 10 provinces -- but by the end of November, we were sitting solidly in second place. With the New Year almost upon us, it is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect upon 2013's high and low points for small business.

Most Canadians Are No Better Off Financially Than They Were Last Year

Doug O. Jones | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business
Doug O. Jones

A recent Sun Life survey has provided some sobering food for thought ahead of a holiday season that often means less sober endeavours for many. It seems that at year end, the majority of Canadians are no better off financially than they were a year ago and that situation worsens for those 55 years of age and older.

Finance Ministers Won't Sweeten Canada Pension Plan Now

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Politics

MEECH LAKE, Que. - A federal-provincial meeting on Canada Pension Plan reform broke up in recriminations Monday after several provincial ministers acc...

PENSION PLAN SHOWDOWN

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is suggesting he may present his own targeted proposal on pension reform at Monday's meeting with provincial co...

CPP Increase Opponents Sound Hysterical

Susan Eng | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Susan Eng

The employer groups that vehemently oppose CPP hikes mostly don't offer any pension support for their employees. And their arguments are increasingly hysterical. They are still calling any CPP increase a "job killer" and managed to convince the junior minister of Finance to parrot their talking points.

There's No Retirement Crisis in Canada

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

The upcoming meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers will touch on what's become a politically charged debate about expanding the Canada Pension Plan. Proponents have tried to convince Canadians they are not saving sufficiently for retirement with some even suggesting we are on the brink of a retirement crisis. These views simply do not reconcile with the available empirical evidence.

Who Exactly Wants CPP Hikes? Not Working Canadians

Dan Kelly | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

While Canadians -- including small business owners -- support the CPP as it is, there are lots of good reasons why expanding it would be a bad idea, regardless of the timing. For example, while CPP appears to be well managed at the moment, it has been an unmitigated disaster in the past.

Why CPP Matters: Deconstructing Pension Reform

Susan Eng | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Susan Eng

Canadians are not using RRSPs enough, and those that do are in the higher income brackets. The people who need help saving for retirement are those earning under $100,000 -- i.e. most Canadians. So the goal is to ensure that any change has broad effect and target the reasons why people are not saving.

Why Wynne Is Warning Of An Economic Crisis

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canada is headed for a "huge economic crisis" if the provinces and federal government don't take action now to improve retirement incomes, O...

Politicians, Please Use Caution in Expanding Canada's Pension Plan

Charles Lammam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

As our political leaders deliberate expanding the CPP, they would do well to consider the evidence which does not support the notion of a broad retirement income crisis. They also need to consider that a compulsory expansion to CPP could reduce private savings and the flexibility they afford Canadians.

Want to Help the Middle Class? Focus on Pensions

Ken Georgetti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The federal government claimed recently in its Throne Speech that it wants to help consumers and the middle class. But Ottawa is dragging its feet on the most important pocketbook issue of them all -- that of providing decent, secure pension income for all Canadians when they retire.

It's Only Fair

Paul Moist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paul Moist

In many ways the Canadian Union of Public Employees is a much different union than it was 50 years ago, as evident from the photos from our founding c...

How the Government Sneakily Pockets Your Pension

Tim Paziuk | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

I read an article the other day that brought up a problem that sadly, happens more than we think; dying before you collect Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits. The message was clear and correct -- a lot of people contribute a lot of money into CPP and never receive an income payment. Is this fair? I don't think so.

How the CPP Expansion Could Curb RRSP Savings

Charles Lammam | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

The CPP debate thus far has largely ignored a critical economic insight. An expanded CPP would not increase overall savings to the extent expected, but would change the mix, with more going to CPP and less to other savings like RRSPs.

An Open Letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on CPP

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

I am writing an open letter to urge you to show leadership and honour your commitment to meet and work with the provinces to provide Canadians with the opportunity to increase their retirement investments in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP). You have the opportunity to do the right thing and improve the pension savings of all working Canadians in this country.

Could Doubling CPP Payments Solve Canada's Retirement Crisis?

Paul Moist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

A full doubling of CPP benefits would mean Canadian seniors retiring with adequate income, less fiscal pressure on federal and provincial programs for low-income seniors, more spending money and a stronger, fairer economy. That is something we can all benefit from.

Your Free Retirement Will Cost Someone

Dan Kelly | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

There's no free lunch in this world, and indeed, there's no free retirement. If retirement benefits are going up, then someone has to pay for it. The question we need to ask about any kind of a CPP/QPP increase is, what are the real costs, who pays, who can expect to reap the benefits, and what exactly can they expect to get?