Robert L. Brown
Rob Brown was Professor of Actuarial Science at the University ofWaterloo for 39 years and a past President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is currently an expert advisor with, a comprehensive and non-partisan online resource designed to help journalists covering health policy issues in Canada.

Entries by Robert L. Brown

Canadians Need a Policy Nudge to Enhance Pension Contributions

(8) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of "voluntary" or "mandatory" enhancements to CPP. Neither may be...

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Canada's Baby Boom Is Nothing Like the One in the U.S.

(13) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:34 PM

As a retired demographer, I do indeed tire of the endless articles in the Canadian press that either just quote U.S.-based stories about the baby boom or make the incorrect assumption that the Canadian baby boom mirrored that south of the border (see, for example, a recent news...

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Government on Right Track with Target Benefit Pension Plans

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:45 PM

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.

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The Australian Pension System Won't Work For Canada

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Canadians are being told that we might learn a lot from pension reforms that took place in Australia starting in 1992. That, for sure, is correct.

We can learn that retiring with any real level of financial security is expensive.

Employers in Australia must contribute...

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Should Your Genetics Be Available to Insurance Companies?

(4) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Ontario is proposing a change to the Ontario Human Rights Code aimed at protecting people's genetic information from being used by insurance companies and employers. This would allow more people to have genetic testing done, for health or research purposes -- testing they would possibly not do if they had...

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Pension Pools: The Way to Go?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2011 | 9:23 AM

Canadians have had a number of suggestions for pension reform placed before them in recent months, including proposals to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

But another possible model seems to be gaining traction with the federal government. This proposal is referred to as Pooled Registered Pension Plans. These plans...

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