News & Events
March 22, 2019
On March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the federal government’s 2019 budget. The budget contained a number of surprises, both in terms of what it included and what it omitted. Perhaps most significantly for the pension and employee benefits industry, while the government reaffirmed its commitment to introduce tax measures to facilitate the
March 15, 2019
James Harnum will be speaking at an OBA Professional Seminar: “Dayco Twenty-Five Years On and Its Impact On Retiree Benefits” on March 26. To view the Program’s agenda, please click here.
November 22, 2018
Amy Tang is speaking at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel Calgary, Alberta on November 22 2018: “Sears Pension: What Happened, How it Happened, and Key Takeaways”. For more information about this event, please click here.
Naming the Correct Parties Correctly: A note on common corporate law errors made by union-sponsored pension and benefit plans
October 31, 2018
The application of commercial law concepts to pension and benefit plans often creates confusion for stakeholders in the pension and benefits industry. This article seeks to shed light on two basic but fundamental issues trustees and their advisors should keep in mind when acting for a pension or benefit fund and entering into legal relationships.
October 4, 2018
On September 25, 2018, just days before his retirement, Senator Art Eggleton moved second reading of Bill S-253, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and other Acts and Regulations (pension plans). Bill S-253 seeks to accomplish two things: To amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (“BIA”) and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
Talos v. GEDSB: Ontario’s Human Rights Code Violates Section 15(1) of the Charter in allowing age discrimination in the provision of workplace benefits in Ontario
August 14, 2018
The recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision in Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board has shifted expectations on the ability of benefits plans to treat workers over 65 differently, on the basis that this is particular type of discrimination is excepted explicitly under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code“). When Bill 211, “An
May 31, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Murray Gold will be speaking at the Brazilian Association of Pension Funds’ International Seminar: “Framework, Governance and Sustainability of North American Pension Systems” on June 4, 2018. The event will take place at the Hilton Toronto Hotel in Toronto. Murray will be presenting on “Target Benefit Plans in Canada – Recent Innovations”.
May 8, 2018
On April 20, 2018, the Government of Ontario filed long anticipated amendments to the general regulations under the Pension Benefits Act, which significantly change the funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans. The regulations are the product of a public consultation begun by the Ontario government, initially announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and
Benefit plans can discriminate against marijuana: Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v Skinner, 2018 NSCA 31
April 24, 2018
In Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v Skinner, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal considered what constituted discrimination in the denial of access to coverage for medicinal marijuana, emphasizing the deference that courts and tribunals will give to the administrator of a benefit plan in choosing what drugs the plan will cover. The case
March 1, 2018
The 2018 Federal Budget was released on February 27, 2018, and amongst other things, included a major and somewhat surprising announcement regarding the phase out of the CRA’s Health and Welfare Trust Policy, which has governed health and welfare trusts (HWTs) since 1966. The announcement was included in the Tax Measures: Supplementary Information document released