The Voice of Multi-Employer Plan Interests in Canada

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MEBCO's primary activity is to monitor and assess the impact of legislative reforms that affect Canadian multi-employer pension and benefits plans. In many cases, we advocate our position through written submissions to government, and regulatory and administrative agencies.

To view a submission, just click on a title of interest from the list below. In the interest of avoiding repetition, we have deleted standard introductory remarks that provide background information on MEBCO from many of these documents.

Documents that are presented as Adobe Acrobat PDF files require Adobe Acrobat reader to properly view. If you would like an original copy of any of these submissions, you can obtain one by contacting MEBCO.

March 12, 2015

 

Ms. J. Seibel

Lawyer

Legal Branch

Government of Saskatchewan

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority

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Mr. J. Hall, Senior Crown Counsel

Ministry of Justice and Attorney General

Government of Saskatchewan

Public Law

Legislative Services

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Dear Jan and Jim,

Re: Amendments to Saskatchewan Insurance Act, Bill 177

On behalf of our members, MEBCO appreciates the time you took to meet with our Board member Sid

Matthews, on February 26th. We welcome this opportunity to follow up with you regarding MEBCO’s

comments on Bill 177, which will amend the Insurance Act. We understand that the regulations are not

available and that there are many details to be resolved. We understand the government’s desire to

quickly pass Bill 177 and to consult with relevant parties on the regulations. We also understand, and

agree with, the consumer‐safety focus of the amendments to the Insurance Act.

If passed, Bill C-377—An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations)—will require all plans that pay benefits to union members to make details of any pension and benefit payments exceeding $5,000 each year publicly available. This means that plans will have to name mem- bers and beneficiaries who receive payments in excess of this threshold, including pension payments (i.e., monthly pensions, lump-sum termination, death payments) as well as those receiv- ing disability income, significant drug benefits, or other major services or treatments.

The stated intention of Bill C-377 is to make union fi- nances more transparent, given the tax deductibility of union dues and the tax-exempt status of labour organizations. How- ever, the bill will impose unprecedented disclosure require- ments far surpassing those placed on government agencies and other organizations that receive preferential tax treat- ment, such as registered charities and Canada’s First Nations.

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.

May 14, 2012

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Mr. D. Morgan, Q.C.,
Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety 300 - 1870 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 4W1

Dear Minister Morgan,

We are writing in regards to A Consultation Paper on the Renewal of Labour Legislation in Saskatchewan (the “Consultation Paper”) seeking input on the province’s labour legislation. We are pleased to make this submission.

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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  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
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    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.