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Premium Compensation: The Ballooning Cost of Federal Government Employees

The cost of federal employees has risen rapidly, with total compensation per employee jumping nearly 5% per year on average over the past decade, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In...

Worse Than It Looks: The True Burden and Risks of Federal Employee Pension Plans

Ottawa’s unfunded liabilities for employee pensions stood at $269 billion at the end of the 2015 fiscal year, far larger than reported, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute study. In “Worse Than...

Target-Benefit Plans in Canada - An Innovation Worth Exploring
July 8, 2014 - Angela Mazerolle, Jana Steele and Mel Bartlett

Canadian governments need to move beyond defined-benefit (DB) versus defined-contribution (DC) pension model debates, and towards a middle-ground option that incorporates attributes of both...

Ottawa’s Hidden Deficit: The Widening Gap between Federal Government Pension Liabilities and Assets

Ottawa’s unfunded liabilities for employee pension plans rose to $272 billion in 2013, far larger than reported, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute study. In “Ottawa’s Hidden Deficit: The...

Evaluating Public-Sector Pensions: Are Federal Public Servants Overpaid?
April 2, 2014 - Malcolm Hamilton

Federal public servants have pension guarantees in their defined-benefit pension plans that are mispriced, causing Ottawa to seriously underestimate the cost of the pension plans and the total...

Evaluating Public-Sector Pensions: How Much Do They Really Cost?
March 19, 2014 - Malcolm Hamilton

While public debate has mainly focused on the “gold-plated” defined benefits of many public-service pension plans, the real problem lies in a flawed approach to managing compensation costs,...

Fast-growing Municipal Wages Point to Need to Revisit Labour Laws: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
In recent years, municipal employees’ wage growth has constantly outpaced other unionized sectors. Since wages, salaries and benefits make up more than half of the operating expenditure for most...
Alexandre Laurin - Employment and Pay (In)equality: The Big Childcare Issue Unaddressed in the Budget
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin To: Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Date: March 1, 2018 Re: Employment and Pay (In)equality: The Big Childcare Issue Unaddressed in the Budget This week's federal budget...

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