On September 19, 2014, the federal Department of Finance
released draft regulations that if adopted would
amend various provisions in the pension fund investment regulations
contained in Schedule III of the regulations under the Pension
Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (Federal Investment
Given that the Federal Investment Regulations are also
incorporated into a number of different pension benefits statutes
across Canada, these proposals will be relevant not only for
federally regulated pension plans but also for plans subject to the
pension legislation in a number of the provinces. The proposed
changes relate to, among other things, the 10% diversification
limit and the related party transaction rules. The proposed
regulations are to be released for public consultation with
official publication in the Canada Gazette on September
We will be discussing these proposals, as well as other recently
proposed changes to the federal Pension Benefits Standards Act,
1985 in our upcoming Toronto Pension seminar scheduled for
October 29, 2014. Invitations to this seminar will be sent out in
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