Quebec Pension Plan enhancement approved and consultations announced in federal budget
An in-depth look at these and other subjects are covered in the current issue of the Morneau Shepell News & Views
TORONTO, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell released the March 2018 issue of its monthly newsletter, News & Views, in which the Company looked at a number of topics including: the Act to enhance the Quebec Pension Plan and amend various retirement-related provisions, relevant announcements in the 2018 federal budget, healthcare funding in British Columbia and provincial sales tax in Saskatchewan.
- Adoption of Quebec Pension Plan enhancement – On February 22, 2018, the Quebec National Assembly approved Bill 149, an Act to enhance the Quebec Pension Plan and amend various retirement-related provisions. The Act creates the additional component to the Quebec Pension Plan and also modifies certain rules applicable to employer pension plans, including easing administrative rules, counting amounts paid by the employer in the banker's clause and clarifying the rules regarding surplus.
- Announcement of 2018 federal budget – The 2018 federal budget was tabled in late February, which included mention of upcoming consultations on retirement security and unclaimed pension balances. The budget also introduced an additional five weeks of the Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit and pay equity legislation for federally regulated sectors.
- Updates to healthcare funding in British Columbia – The B.C. government announced through its provincial budget that it will eliminate the Medical Services Plan premiums, implement a new employer health payroll tax and reduce the deductible for prescription drug coverage for lower-income earners.
- Elimination of sales tax on insurance premiums in Saskatchewan – Effective February 26, 2018, and retroactively to August 1, 2017, the province of Saskatchewan announced that provincial sales tax (PST) no longer applies to insurance premiums. After consulting with the insurance industry, the provincial government will provide information about PST refunds in April 2018.
- Tracking the funded status of pension plans as at February 28, 2018 – Morneau Shepell shared the changes in the financial position of a typical defined benefit plan with an average duration since December 31, 2017. The graph in the newsletter shows the impact of three typical portfolios on plan assets and the effect of interest rate changes on solvency liabilities of medium duration.
- Impact on pension expense under international accounting as at February 28, 2018 – Morneau Shepell showed the expense impact for a typical pension plan that starts the year at an arbitrary value of 100 (expense index). Since the beginning of the year, the pension expense has decreased by five per cent (for a contributory plan) due to the increase in the discount rates.
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