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Solvency ratios of the 400 defined benefit pension plans regulated by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) continue to track at five-year lows, the financial regulator reports. As of December 2011, solvency ratios averaged 0....Read More
June 26, 2012
Coughlin Courier
"Waste" costs drug plans billions, report says. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 1 MB)Read More
The facts surrounding a catastrophic illness or accident can be shockingly blunt.  For example, with today’s effective new drugs, cancer medications can routinely cost more than $25,000 per year.   In addition, the annual cost of home...Read More
Almost two dozen of Canada’s largest insurers have agreed to pool their catastrophic drug claims. In an effort to spread the cost of unusually large drug claims and still provide drug coverage to plan members, the insurers have agreed to share th...Read More
June 05, 2012
Coughlin Courier
Drug cost increases slow to four per cent. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 941 KB)Read More
Coughlin & Associates Ltd. President Brian Bockstael is pleased to announce that Consultants Brett Becker and Michel Quenneville have been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Becker joined Coughlin in 1994 after serving in an adm...Read More
Federal budget focuses on retirement. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 1.1 MB)Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case that will decide who has the right to control and access pension surpluses: employers or pension plan members and their representatives. At stake:  the $30 billion surplus of the federal public s...Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada will be asked to reverse a 2002 ruling and compel Quebec to allow common-law spouses to receive the same rights to spousal assets on separation as married spouses. The case involves a prominent couple that had three children d...Read More
The Ontario government has placed restrictions on the distribution of drugs containing oxycodone, the painkiller used in Oxycontin and its replacement, Oxyneo. Effective February 29, 2012, all new prescriptions containing oxycodone will have to be first ...Read More
March 14, 2012
Coughlin Courier
Supreme Court to rule on public service pension surplus. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 932 KB)Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case that will ultimately decide whether pension plan members have priority over other creditors in cases of corporate bankruptcy. The case involves Indalex, a Toronto-based smelter that filed for bankrupt...Read More
Plan sponsors should expect to receive increased claims activity involving cancer, based on data published by Statistics Canada. According to a new report published by the government agency, five-year prevalence rates for all cancers increased by 2.1 per...Read More
Sponsors of defined benefit (DB) pension plans may have to double their contributions in 2012 in order to maintain plan solvency. According to studies published by Aon Hewitt, the median pension solvency ratio has dropped from 83 per cent at the beginnin...Read More
The Ontario government has introduced changes to its Family Law Act to make the division of pension assets easier on divorce. Under the new rules, which went into effect on January 1, 2012, the two parties involved in a divorce proceeding will no longer ...Read More
February 01, 2012
Coughlin Courier
Supreme Court to rule on standing of pension creditors. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 930 KB)Read More
A national review of provincial and territorial drugs indicates that fewer new prescription medications are being covered by government drug care plans. According to a study by the University of Alberta published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical As...Read More
Effective January 1, 2012, employers must deduct CPP contributions for all employees aged 60 to 65, including those already receiving CPP or Quebec Pension Plan retirement pensions that did not contribute to the plans previously. In addition, employers m...Read More
January 06, 2012
Coughlin Courier
Government tables PRPP legislation. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 1 MB)Read More
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