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…

Budget Bill Includes Carrigan Pre-Retirement Death Benefit Fix

The Ontario government has taken steps in its 2014 Budget to address the impact of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s 2012 decision in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate (“Carrigan“). On July 24, 2014, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 14, the Building Opportunity and Securing Our Future Act (Budget Measures), 2014 (“Bill 14”), which implements some of…

Ontario Passes Budget Bill, Adjourns

On July 24, 2014, the Ontario government passed Bill 14, Building Opportunity and Securing Our Future Act (Budget Measures), 2014, and the House adjourned for the summer break. It will resume sitting in October. More information on Bill 14 and its impact on your organization is available in our FTR Now of July 17, 2014, “Ontario…

Ontario Budget 2014

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the newly elected Liberal government introduced the 2014 Ontario Budget. As was pledged by Premier Wynne during the election campaign, the new Budget is virtually identical to the version that was first tabled on Thursday, May 1, 2014 (and which triggered the recent election). The newly tabled Budget is still…

Ontario Government Re-Introduces Budget 2014, New Budget Bill

On July 14, 2014, the Ontario government re-introduced its 2014 Budget, entitled Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future (the “Budget”). On the same day, it tabled Bill 14, Building Opportunity and Securing Our Future Act (Budget Measures), 2014. The amendments outlined in Bill 14 are similar, but not identical, to measures proposed in the May 2014 Budget Bill…

Ontario Budget 2014 and the Provincial Election – Voting Requirements and More

Last week saw significant developments at Queen’s Park that will be of interest to all employers in Ontario. On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Ontario government introduced its 2014 Budget, entitled Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future (the “Budget”). On the same day, the government introduced Bill 194, the Building Opportunity and Securing Our Future Act…

Ontario Government Introduces Budget 2014

On May 1, 2014, the Ontario government tabled its Budget 2014: Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future. An FTR Now providing an analysis of proposals of interest to employers and plan administrators will be available shortly on our website.