The Voice of Multi-Employer Plan Interests in Canada

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January 29, 2015

 
Hon. Mitzie Hunter
Associate Minister of Finance
Province of Ontario
4117 Lawrence Avenue East
Unit 109
Toronto ON M1E 2S2

 

Re: Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) Key Design Questions Consultation

Dear Minister Hunter:

As you are aware, the proposed ORPP will be mandatory for all employers who do not maintain a “comparable pension plan.” A critical question is the definition of a comparable pension plan. MEBCO represents multi‐employer pension plans (MEPPs), many of which include employers and workers in Ontario. The plan sponsor for each of these plans is a board of trustees, often composed of equal numbers appointed by the participating unions and contributing employers. MEBCO strongly supports the Consultation’s inclusion of employers who contribute to target benefit (TB) MEPPs as maintaining a comparable pension plan.

Dear Ms Turmel

We are writing in regards to Bill C-377, a private member’s bill concerning amendments to the Income Tax Act in regards to labour organizations.

Our organization, the Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Council of Canada (MEBCO), was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit, federal non-share capital corporation.  MEBCO’s mandate is to represent the interests of Canadian multi-employer pension and benefit plans with provincial and federal governments regarding proposed or existing legislation and other policies affecting such plans.

MEBCO’s volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for identifying issues that impact upon multi-employer plans and developing strategies to address those issues.  They are elected from all professions and disciplines involved in multi-employer plans, including union and employer trustees, professional third-party administrators, non-profit and in house administrators, actuaries, benefit consultants, lawyers and chartered accountants.

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

We are writing in regards to Bill C-377, a private member’s bill concerning amendments to the Income Tax Act in regards to labour organizations.

Our organization, the Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Council of Canada (MEBCO), was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit, federal non-share capital corporation.  MEBCO’s mandate is to represent the interests of Canadian multi-employer pension and benefit plans with provincial and federal governments regarding proposed or existing legislation and other policies affecting such plans.

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Five reasons why your MEBCO membership is critical
Your MEBCO membership guarantees that multi-employer plan interests will be considered whenever change is on the horizon. With your support, MEBCO will continue to be a strong and effective voice. Join today!
  1. The threat to multi-employer plans is real.
    The legislative framework is constantly changing, and cost-management and cost reduction are at the top of every agenda.
  2. Legislative changes can be significant.
    Recent proposed changes have threatened to offload costs onto plans, restrict plan coverage, and have compromised the viability of some plans
  3. Multi-employer plans are worth protecting.
    Multi-employer plans play a vital role in providing health services and retirement plans to over 1 million workers and their families in industries typified by small companies and a mobile work force.
  4. Multi-employer plans need a united lobby.
    Multi-employer plans carry a low profile due to the fact that the coverage is thinly spread over many employer groups and mobile workers.
  5. MEBCO is committed to protecting your interests.
    When governments propose changes, MEBCO is the single, clear voice at the table representing the unique interests of multi-employer plans.