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Amendments to the Regulation respecting supplemental pension plans

On September 22, the Quebec government published a draft regulation amending the Regulation respecting supplemental pension plans, which was made necessary following the adoption of Bill 68 in December 2020.

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September 2021

Revisions to subsection 3540 of CIA Standards of Practice | Commuted value of indexed pensions

On September 14, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries issued revisions to subsection 3540 of its Standards of Practice on the economic assumptions to use when determining pension commuted values.

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September 2021

Ontario’s Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) and Other News

On July 29, 2021, an additional burden was placed on administrators of defined benefit pension plans with PBGF liabilities of $10 million or greater who will now be required to calculate and report their plan’s PBGF claim exposure and information regarding the distribution of benefits. This new measure was introduced to address issues related to data availability, which were raised following a recent review of the PBGF and will be applicable to valuations filed on or after September 1, 2021.

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August 2021

Canadian public sector accounting standards: Exposure draft on the new standard for employee benefits

At the end of July, the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) published a first exposure draft on PS 3251, the new standard for employee benefits that will apply to Canadian public sector entities. This standard would replace PS 3250 (retirement benefits) and PS 3255 (post-employment benefits, compensated absences and termination benefits). In this exposure draft, the PSAB is seeking comments on deferral provisions (deferred recognition of actuarial gains and losses) and discount rate guidance.

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August 2021

Revision of the Quebec Drug Insurance plan’s rates on July 1, 2021

Every year on July 1, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) adjusts the rates for the public prescription drug insurance plan to take into account changes in plan costs.

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July 2021

Quebec joins the shift to biosimilars initiated elsewhere in Canada

On May 18, the Government of Quebec announced that it would start to shift towards the use of biosimilars for everybody insured by the Régime général d’assurance médicaments (RGAM). This initiative will save the government more than $100 million annually. It is part of a national movement that began in British Columbia and Alberta and which will include other provinces by the end of the year.

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June 2021

Make sure you’re sitting down for this: more than 90% of organizations have adopted or will adopt a formal telework policy

Normandin Beaudry announces the results on its post-pandemic telework practices survey launched in May. Spotlight on the thoughts of 340 Canadian organizations who answered the call.

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June 2021

Accounting standards applicable to future group benefits:
Assumptions used by Canadian organizations

Several private sector organizations must include the recognition of their obligations toward defined benefit pension plans (DB pension plans) and group benefits plans offered to retirees (other benefits) in their financial statements.

Again this year, Normandin Beaudry’s specialists analyzed the annual reports of Canadian organizations listed on the S&P 60 Index (60 largest organizations) and the S&P MidCap Index (mid-cap organizations), the fiscal year of which ended between September 30, 2020, and February 28, 2021.

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June 2021

Bank of Canada revises rates for real return bonds

On May 10, 2021, the Bank of Canada exceptionally and retroactively revised the V39057 and V122553 rates for real return bond data starting June 1, 2020.

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May 2021

Federal budget 2021 — Several measures affecting total rewards

The federal budget unveiled on April 19, 2021, affects several components of total rewards. Our specialists have identified the most relevant elements.

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April 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on mortality rates and ramifications for group benefits plans

We’ve all witnessed the devastating effects of COVID-19 on our everyday life and on our loved ones. The virus has unfortunately taken the lives of too many people. What impact will this have on the mortality of Canadians and how will this uptick in deaths affect group benefits plans offered to workers and retirees?

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March 2021

2020 tax year – Tax credit for medical expenses and special rule for office supplies and computer equipment

Exceptionally for the 2020 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenue Québec have indicated that if an employer provides an allowance or a refund for the purchase of office supplies and computer equipment, this amount will not be considered to be part of the employee’s taxable income, up to a maximum of $500 per employee, if the equipment is used for telework.

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February 2021

Federal Pay Equity – Are you ready?

The federal government’s new Pay Equity Act is expected to come into force this year. If you are a federally regulated employer, you will have to comply with the requirements within three years of its coming into force.

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February 2021

The Top 10 Developments in Drug Insurance of 2020

The milestone event of 2020 is undoubtedly the scientific research that led to the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year. Apart from this highlight, here is the 6th edition of our top drug developments.

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January 2021

Rates for Quebec’s prescription drug insurance plan for 2021

Every year on July 1, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) adjusts the rates for the public prescription drug insurance plan to take into account the increase or decrease in plan costs.

In our bulletin from July, we explained that the financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 situation in Quebec had prompted the RAMQ to set rates below what was expected based on the evolution of the plan’s costs. At the time, the RAMQ reserved the right to review rates as of January 1, 2021, rather than wait until July 1, 2021, as expected.

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January 2021

Improving access to pharmaceutical services in Quebec

On December 16, 2020, the regulations under Bill 31 were given assent. As a result, the removal of the cost of several pharmaceutical services will improve access to them and help to continue expanding the role of pharmacists as front-line professionals. These amendments take effect on January 25.

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January 2021

Your information on the COVID-19 pandemic

On this page, you will find all the articles, documents and events that will help you understanding total rewards in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any questions? Contact us! 

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January 2021