FSRA Provides Support Guidelines for Pension Plans

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is continuing to work with those we regulate to ensure financial safety, fairness and choice for consumers and members during this time of rapid change and disruption.

The Authority has issued new guidance on transferring commuted values and purchasing annuities when a pension plan’s transfer ratio has declined since the most recently filed valuation report by 10% and is now below 0.9. 

This new guidance outlines the application and review process and protects the stability of pension plans by minimizing unnecessary disruption of commuted value transfers and annuity purchases. The guidance seeks to protect the entitlements of all pension plan beneficiaries.

The FSRA has also updated the information on plausible adverse scenarios in actuarial valuation reports. Understanding the risks to a plan enables plan fiduciaries to properly manage those risks and make prudent decisions to deliver on pension promises made to plan beneficiaries. This is key to prudential supervision and improving outcomes for beneficiaries.

As a result of the Government of Ontario’s new amendment to Regulation 909 the FSRA have updated its information regarding temporary relief to employers who are unable to pay their PBGF assessment on time. This is further to FSRA’s prior communication about deferring PBGF assessment certificates.

Plan administrators, sponsors, agents, advisors and plan members can email their FSRA Pension Officer for additional information. You can locate your Pension Plan Officer at: FSRA Pension Plan Information Access.

For more information about how FSRA is supporting the sectors that it regulates during COVID-19, please visit: FSRA Announces Changes to Regulatory Requirements due to COVID-19.

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Joel Kranc

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Joel is the Editor and Deputy Publisher of Your Workplace. He is an experienced and award-winning editor, writer and communications professional. Joel began his career as a journalist and reporter covering the U.S. retirement and institutional investment market. Joel is author of Retirement Planning in 8 Easy Steps: The Brief Guide to Lifelong Financial Freedom.

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