On July 14, 2014, the Ontario government reintroduced its budget
that it had originally tabled on May 1, 2014, which lists a number
of key pensions-related matters, including the introduction of the
Ontario Registered Pension Plan that supplements the Canada Pension
Plan; a legislative framework for Pooled Registered Pension Plans;
consultation on target benefit plans; reforms for defined benefit
pension plans with respect to funding rules; voluntary pooling of
assets for public entities; and legislative amendments that would
create regulatory authority to prescribe requirements for
conversions to jointly sponsored pension plans. For a detailed
discussion of these provisions, please see our May 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Ontario Government's 2014 Budget
Provisions Affecting Pensions.
To implement certain aspects of the 2014 budget, the Ontario
government has introduced Bill 14, Building Opportunity and
Securing Our Future Act (Budget Measures), which includes
amendments to the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) as
Amendments that were previously included in what was Bill 194
of the last session of the Ontario assembly, which was introduced
to implement certain aspects of the 2014 budget on May 1, 2014, in
respect of conversions to jointly sponsored pension plans.
Amendments that were previously included in what was Bill 151
of the last session of the Ontario assembly, which provided for
amendments clarifying spousal entitlements to pre- and
post-retirement death benefits in response to the Ontario Court of
Appeal decision in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate, and
technical amendments to section 80.1 that – according to a
Ministry of Finance background information document – would
make changes to help people affected by split pensions resulting
from past government divestments. For a more detailed discussion of
Bill 151, please see our December 2013 Blakes Bulletin: Ontario Government Releases Legislation
Amending Pension Benefits Act.
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