Ontario Budget 2017

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario government tabled its 2017 Budget “A Stronger, Healthier Ontario” (Budget) and Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Budget Bill), omnibus legislation designed to implement some of the proposals contained in the Budget. In this FTR Now, we highlight key proposals that are of particular interest to…

Ontario Tables 2017 Budget

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario government tabled its 2017 Budget “A Stronger, Healthier Ontario.” We are in the process of reviewing the Budget, and an FTR Now highlighting measures of interest to employers, human resources professionals and pension plan administrators will be available on our website in the coming days. Editor’s Note: Bill 127, Stronger,…

Marshall Consultation Paper on Ontario Pension Solvency Funding Framework Released

Ontario registered defined benefit (DB) pension plans must be funded on the greater of a going concern or solvency basis, as we outlined in our recent FTR Now Ontario Pension Solvency Funding Framework Under Review. Due to the recent, yet prolonged, low-interest rate environment, most DB plans are in a deficit position on a solvency basis, requiring many employers to make large special payments to fund the deficits over a five-year period…

Ontario Budget Bill 2016 Passes

On April 13, 2016, the Ontario government passed Bill 173, Jobs for Today and Tomorrow Act (Budget Measures), 2016, omnibus legislation giving effect to initiatives contained in the Ontario Budget 2016. See our FTR Now of February 29, 2016, Ontario Budget 2016, for a detailed discussion of those initiatives of interest to employers, human resources professionals and…

2016 Ontario Budget and Budget Bill Released

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government tabled its 2016 Budget “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (“Budget”) and the corresponding Budget Bill, Bill 173, Jobs for Today and Tomorrow Act (Budget Measures), 2016 (“Bill 173”), supporting omnibus legislation designed to implement some of the proposals contained in the Budget. Our FTR Now of February 29, 2016, “Ontario Budget 2016”…

Ontario Budget 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government tabled its 2016 Budget “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (“Budget”) and the corresponding Budget Bill, Bill 173, Jobs for Today and Tomorrow Act (Budget Measures), 2016 (“Bill 173”). In this FTR Now, we highlight some of the key proposals that are of particular interest to employers, human resources…

Ontario Budget 2015

On April 23, 2015, the Ontario Minister of Finance tabled the 2015 provincial Budget, “Building Ontario Up” (“Budget”), and Bill 91, Building Ontario Up Act (Budget Measures), 2015 (“Bill 91”), omnibus legislation designed to implement some of the proposals contained in the Budget. In this FTR Now, we highlight some of the key proposals that…

Ontario Announces ORPP Consultation Process

On November 18, 2014, the Ontario government published additional information outlining the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (“ORPP”) framework, and is presently soliciting feedback on the ORPP design and implementation process through a series of targeted questions for employers and employees. Verbal or written feedback may be provided directly to the Associate Minister of Finance. No…

Mandatory Insurance of LTD Plans: New Federal and Provincial Requirements

As previously reported, effective July 1, 2014, federally-regulated employers, including Crown corporations, who are governed by Part III of the Canada Labour Code and who provide their employees with long-term disability (“LTD”) plan benefits must insure the plan, on a go-forward basis, with an entity that is licensed to provide insurance under the laws of…