The Ontario and federal governments announced on February 16,
2016 that they have reached an agreement regarding the Ontario
Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) and improving pensions for
Canadians. With contributions originally set to begin next
year, the Ontario government now proposes to phase-in the launch of
the ORPP by starting enrollment in January 2017 and commencing
collection of contributions in January 2018.
How will this affect businesses?
If applicable, the delay will give businesses more time to
enroll in the ORPP, something that many organizations have been
asking for. Large employers who would have been required to
start making contributions to the ORPP on January 1, 2017 will now
have one additional year to prepare for the ORPP and consider
whether changes should be made to their existing retirement and
There was no mention of delaying enrollment or contributions for
small and medium-sized employers in the Ontario government's
announcement. Based on the current enrollment schedule, small and
medium-sized employers without a registered workplace pension plan
will be required to contribute to the ORPP starting January 1, 2019
and January 1, 2018 respectively.
CPP enhancements and next steps
The delay will also provide more time for the federal government
and other provinces to discuss and develop options for enhancing
the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). If provincial agreement on CPP
enhancement is not reached, the Ontario government is committed to
moving forward with the ORPP. The federal government
acknowledges this and has agreed to facilitate plan registration
and data sharing agreements and help ensure that contributions are
collected efficiently and cost-effectively.
To read the government bulletin on the announcement, click
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