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Jan 23: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

January 23, 2023

StatsCan study finds retirement income rates better than expected

Writing for the Advisor’s Edge blog, James Langton reports that — after research by Statistics Canada — that “retirement has been turning out better than expected for many Canadians.”

StatsCan recently published data from a follow-up study from a group of retirees, who were first surveyed in 2014 with a follow up two years ago, the article notes.

The research found that “retirement has been comfortable financially for more people than expected,” the article reports.

In 2014, 67.5 per cent of respondents said “they expected their retirement income to be adequate, or more than adequate, to comfortably maintain their standard of living,” the article states.

Jump ahead to 2020, and “81.6 per cent found that their retirement income was sufficient to comfortably cover their living expenses,” the article adds.

The StatsCan study found a similar increase in satisfaction levels among both women and men, the article continues. In 2014, 68.5 per cent of men and 66.4 per cent of women “expected to have an adequate retirement income,” the article reports. But by 2020, those numbers jumped to 82.2 per cent of men and 81 per cent of women, the Advisor’s Edge article tells us.

Those with disabilities and with high school education or lower also saw improvements in their retirement income, the article concludes.

In 2014, the article reports, 72.4 per cent of those with a disability and 73.5 per cent of folks with high school educations or less said they had adequate retirement income. Those numbers jumped in 2020 by “17.1 and 23.2 percentage points, respectively,” the article concludes.

According to a post on the CHIP reverse mortgage site, “the average retirement income in Canada currently sits at $65,300 per year, per household (before tax). That works out at $32,650 per person, if the household includes a couple.”

It’s not stated in the Advisor’s Edge piece at what income threshold people become happy with their retirement income, but we can probably assume they are making the average amount or better.

Some of that $32.6K per person will come from government sources, such as the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, or the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Traditionally, the rest of a person’s retirement income comes from two other sources — workplace pensions and personal savings.

Employers — are you offering a retirement program for your team? Did you know that the Saskatchewan Pension Plan can help you deliver a retirement savings program at your workplace? The scaleable SPP works for both large and small businesses, and relieves you of the heavy lifting of collecting and investing contributions and distributing statements and tax slips. Check out SPP today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Jan 16: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

January 16, 2023

Some optimism amongst older Canadians about the future

Despite frequent doom and gloom chatter regarding the ongoing waves of boomer retirements, some older Canadians say they are quite optimistic about the future.

That’s one of the findings of new research from the National Institute on Ageing. Investment Executive’s Maddie Johnson recently reported on the latest NIA findings.

The report found that 63 per cent of Canadians over 50 surveyed are “feeling positive about aging,” the article notes.

“What’s more, the oldest Canadians in the survey — those 80 and over — felt the best about growing older, expressing a more positive attitude toward most aspects of aging compared to those aged 50 to 79,” Johnson reports.

This is good news, the article continues, since it comes at a time when “Canada is facing unprecedented demographic realities with Canadians aged 65 years and older representing the fastest-growing segment of the population.”

Why are older Canadians optimistic?

Seventy per cent of respondents reported they had “strong social networks they could rely on,” the article notes. Sixty per cent said they were “socially engaged” and 72 per cent felt their financial resources were “adequate,” the article continues. Sixty-eight per cent felt they had “access to the healthcare and community support services they needed,” and 89 per cent “had confidence in their ability to age in their own homes,” Investment Executive reports.

There were a few points of concern noted in the research, the article reports.

Fifteen per cent of respondents reported being in poor health, and 26 per cent said their retirement income was “inadequate,” the article reports. As well, of the survey respondents who were still working, only 35 per cent said they were going to be able to “afford retirement when they wanted it,” and 37 per cent said they were not “in a position to financially afford to retire,” the article states.

Nineteen per cent said they were “stretched” for income and seven per cent reported “having a hard time,” the article adds. Four in ten, the article concludes, were at risk of “social isolation.”

These last points of an excellent Investment Executive piece are important. You’ll need to develop new social networks after you leave the workforce. It was for this reason that Mrs Save with SPP decided to sign us up for line dancing, and after six years, we are not only reasonably competent line dancers but have a new network of friends we hang out with.  

As for the financial side, those of us who are working and who have access to a workplace pension program are probably not going to be worried about the adequacy of their retirement income in the future. If you’re on your own as far as retirement savings goes or if your employer is looking for a pension option for you, why not partner up with the Saskatchewan Pension Plan? More than 32,000 Canadians belong to this open defined contribution plan — why save on your own when you can tap into SPP’s pension expertise and low-costed pooled investing? Check out SPP today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Jan 9: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

January 9, 2023

Boomer retirements are creating a labour shortage across the country

For many, many years predictions of a “grey tsunami” of boomer retirements were linked to expected increases in the costs of healthcare and government retirement benefits.

But those retirements are also causing a labour shortage, the Canadian Press (via Global News) reports, that is now upon us.

The story, written by CP’s Amanda Stephenson, reports that the current wave of boomer retirement parties is making some employers quite nervous.

Dan Gallagher of Fort McMurray, Alta.-based Miskew Group tells CP “I take a walk around our shop, and around our field service workforce, and I can clearly see that demographic. It’s aging.”

Miskew, the article notes, already has been having labour shortage problems and has had to recruit from as far away as Australia.

“The ratio of apprentice to older worker here has been so low for so long that there just isn’t the bench strength to offset the people who are leaving,” Gallagher tells CP.

The article notes that “a looming wave of retirements” by baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, has long been predicted by experts, and is now creating a mass exit from the workforce.

The size of the workforce has been trending downward since 2000, the article reports, but the “grey wave…. is now crashing ashore.”

As of the second quarter of 2022, there were over a million job vacancies in Canada, the article notes. And while the participation rate amongst employed Canadians has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, the stats suggest that the exit of older workers is driving the labour shortage.

Citing recent research from Scotiabank, the article reports that “the decline in overall workforce participation that does exist is entirely due to Canadians aged 60 and above exiting the workforce. That means the real root of the current problem is Canada’s aging population, and it has broad implications for the country’s economy.”

Patrick Gill of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce tells CP that 36 per cent of Canadian businesses are reporting labour shortages, a figure that jumps to 45 per cent in the manufacturing sector and 58 per cent in food and accommodation.

“It translates to everyone working more hours, and that ultimately affects quality of life. It means slower growth, and it’s also a factor in supply chain delays,” Gill states in the article.

The article concludes by saying that a younger workforce is now “a new reality,” and employers are going to have to go that extra mile to attract and retain new talent.

“Labour is going to be very difficult to find and employers are going to have to work hard to attract employees,” the University of Toronto’s Rafael Gomez tells CP.t

This is a very interesting report.

For younger people, this labour shortage represents a time of employment opportunity not seen for many decades, where there are suddenly a lot of good jobs out there to be filled. Let’s hope employers take a page out of the past — we are thinking the post-war boom, but even into the ‘60s and ‘70s — and begin to offer more and better retirement programs to attract new talent.

If you don’t have a workplace retirement savings program and are on your own for retirement savings, take a look at the Saskatchewan Pension Plan. It’s open to any Canadian with registered retirement savings plan room. Let SPP do the heavy lifting of retirement investing and asset growth, while you focus on making regular contributions to your future. When you too are ready to depart the workforce, your SPP account will be there for you, ready to be converted into retirement income. Check out SPP today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Jan 2: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

January 2, 2023

CPP benefit seen as modest in an environment where many lack workplace pensions

Writing in The Globe and Mail, David Lawrence provides a reality check for those of us thinking federal retirement benefits will cover our retirement costs.

He notes that the maximum benefit available from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for a new recipient in 2022 is $1,253.59 per month. But worse, not everyone gets the maximum — Lawrence writes that the average CPP payment this year is a mere $727.61 per month.

The traditional “three pillars” of Canadian retirement, he writes, are changing. While government pensions like CPP and Old Age Security (OAS) provide one pillar, and personal savings another, the third is pensions, which Lawrence says are not generally accessible to those who are self-employed or working on contract.

In fact, many people just don’t have a workplace pension, the article notes.

“While it used to be that clients were maybe worried that their pension wasn’t going to be enough, over the past 15 years we’ve encountered more clients who simply don’t have a pension [through their employer],” Tom Gilman, senior wealth advisor and senior portfolio manager with Gilman Deters Private Wealth at Harbourfront Wealth Management Inc. in Vancouver, tells the Globe.

Those who do have a pension are “more confident” about their retirement cost of living than those without, Gilman states in the article.

He also tells the Globe that your personal “income tax profile” should help you decide whether a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is a better retirement savings vehicle for you than the usual alternative, the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). Some people need the tax deductions associated with an RRSP more than others, the article explains.

Those who are going to live off their investments need to think about how best to structure their portfolio, states Laura Barclay of TD Wealth Private Investment Counsel in Markham, Ont., in the Globe article.

“For her, the holdings that best mimic a pension plan with stable, long-term payments are high-quality, blue-chip dividend-paying stocks,” the article notes.

Barclay tells the Globe she advises her clients to look for “high-quality companies… with growing earnings,” and that also pay dividends. Diversification is also important, she states in the article.

Harp Sandhu, financial advisor with the Sandhu Advisory Group at Raymond James Ltd. in Victoria, tells the Globe he takes a “tortoise” approach with his own retirement investments — “slow and steady wins the race,” the article notes.

If you are starting to save for retirement while older, don’t pick risky investments with high returns in the short term to try and catch up, Sandhu tells the Globe. Things can go wrong with such investment choices, he tells the newspaper.

If you ever have an opportunity to join a pension plan or retirement savings arrangement through work, be sure to join, and contribute as much as you can. When retirement savings is a deduction from your paycheque, you’ll quickly forget about it and will be happy, when you retire, that you’re getting more than just standard government retirement benefits.

If there isn’t any retirement program available for you, perhaps because you work on a casual or contract basis, the Saskatchewan Pension Plan may be of interest. Any Canadian with available RRSP room can join. If you have bits of pieces saved in multiple RRSPs, you are allowed to consolidate them within the SPP — you can transfer in up to $10,000 per year. Check out SPP today — it may be the retirement solution you’ve been searching for!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Dec 26: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

December 26, 2022

Lack of access to workplace pensions, debt and inflation hamper millennial savings efforts

New research from Edward Jones Canada has found that debt, inflation and the lack of workplace retirement savings programs are among the reasons millennials aren’t saving as much as they’d like for retirement.

An article in Wealth Professional took a closer look at the findings from the research.

A key learning was that 70 per cent of millennials (people aged 26 to 41) said “they are not able to save enough for their retirement,” the article notes.

Julie Petrara of Edward Jones Canada tells Wealth Professional that “we dug a little deeper and found that 27 per cent were unable to afford to save for retirement. Twenty-four per cent said they’re not saving as much as they want to; 15 per cent don’t know how much to save; and four per cent can afford to start saving, but haven’t.”

Reasons identified for not being able to save were “debt, their job and employment situation, and lifestyle,” as well as a lack of access to pensions, the article continues.

“Group plans aren’t often an option for young go-getters who earn income from the gig economy, while millennial workers with full-time corporate jobs are less likely than workers of decades past to be offered pension plans by their employers,” the article notes.

So for those without savings programs through work, retirement saving becomes “a self responsibility,” Petrara tells Wealth Professional. And on top of that, the cost of living was seen by 49 per cent of millennials surveyed as the “biggest obstacle” for retirement savings.

For millennials, the survey found, retirement savings is seen as something that can be put on the back burner versus “more immediate financial goals, such as paying down debt, homeownership, or starting a family.”

This is understandable, states Petrara in the article. “Millennials are further from retirement than more senior generations,” she tells Wealth Professional. “If we assume everyone is focusing on shorter-term financial goals, then Baby Boomers are prioritizing retirement, while millennials are dealing with their now and next, which includes addressing the costs they’re faced with today, and those they’ll be faced with in the near future.”

Petrara suggests that millennials consider working with a financial advisor to set priorities for saving.

There’s a lot of good information here and it rings very true. Of the millennials we know, some have good pensions through full-time work. But most are part-time workers, so retirement programs are either not available or optional. If you are able to take part in any type of retirement savings plan through work, be sure to sign up and start contributing — the money will go straight into savings right from your paycheque and you’ll be paying your future self first.

If there isn’t a retirement program at your workplace, ask your employer about signing up to offer the Saskatchewan Pension Plan, which is open to any Canadian with registered retirement savings plan room. SPP will handle the lion’s share of administrative work for the employer, and you and other employees will benefit from having a plan for your future. Tell your employer about SPP for employers today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Dec 19: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

December 19, 2022

Writer offers six tips on how to achieve financial independence

Financial independence, writes CTV’s Christopher Liew, “is when an individual has accumulated enough wealth or has a passive income stream capable of covering all of their living expenses for the rest of their natural life without needing a paycheque or salary.”

While the idea of never having to work for a living again sort of sounds like full retirement, Liew’s article suggests that this financial independence can be attained through “hard work, planning, and consistent action.”

First, he writes, you need to increase your savings rate.

“Your savings rate is the percentage of your total after-tax income that you save,” he explains. By doing a thorough audit of what you are actually spending your money on, you may be able to find areas where you can cut back, he continues. “By saving more money, you’ll be increasing your savings rate.”

Next, Liew recommends that we start investing early. “Investing your money is one of the most common ways to achieve financial independence,” he explains, adding that “the earlier you start, the better, due to the magic of compounding returns.”

Make sure, the article continues, that you are taking full advantage of your Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). “TFSA accounts are best used as investment accounts, and none of the earnings within the account are taxable,” he notes. You should also “maximize the value” of your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and/or registered education savings plan (RESP).

Another tip is to look for other sources of income, to boost your overall earnings and free up more money for savings, the article notes. These “extra” streams of income can include dividends from investments, freelancing, rental income, starting a business, negotiating a raise, or finding a higher-paying job.

Another great bit of advice in Liew’s article is to “live below your means.”

“If you spend all the money you make, it will be difficult to achieve financial independence. Living below your means can be one way to spend less. For example, if you get a promotion at work and your salary increases, try to keep your spending at the same level instead of immediately increasing your living costs. The value of delayed gratification will mean reaching your financial independence goals earlier,” he writes.

Finally, you’ll have an easier time of achieving financial independence if you have a “like-minded spouse,” Liew writes. If both of you are on the same page, your drive towards financial independence will be doubled, he concludes.

These are all great tips. When we were working full time we did “live below your means” by simply paying the bills based on the prior year’s salary and earnings, and banking the difference. This indeed boosted our pre-retirement savings.

One of the nice features of the Saskatchewan Pension Plan is its flexibility on contributions. You decide how much you want to contribute (currently, up to $7,000 annually) and SPP contributions can be done through pre-authorized debits, can be paid like bills online, and can even be paid using credit cards (including, as we found out, pre-paid gift credit cards). Check out SPP today!

We’d like to extend our happy retirement wishes to Bonnie Meier, Director of Client Service, who steps down at the end of 2022. We all thank her for her many years of dedicated service to SPP, and wish her all the best in the life after work that awaits her!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Dec 12: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

December 12, 2022

Does a written retirement plan help Canadians manage fears about inflation and healthcare costs?

Recent research from Fidelity Investments Canada finds that those of us with “a written financial plan” are “more financially, socially, physically and emotionally prepared for retirement than those without one,” and may feel more ready to face inflation and rising healthcare costs.

Results of the research are highlighted in a media release from Fidelity.

“With stubborn inflation, market volatility and global uncertainty, it’s not surprising that Canadians are anxious about their future and their retirement,” states Peter Bowen, Vice President, Tax and Retirement Research, Fidelity Investments Canada ULC in the media release. “However, Canadians continue to demonstrate the value of advice and planning: those with financial plans feel more secure and prepared for retirement. Those without a plan should seriously consider the benefits it could have for their overall well-being,” he continues.

The research found that 83 per cent of those with a written financial plan felt “financially prepared” for retirement, compared to 47 per cent of those without one. Eighty-three per cent of those with written plans say they worked with a financial advisor to get one, the release notes.

However, only 23 per cent of those surveyed say they have such a plan. Amongst Canadians, Quebecers have the highest proportion of citizens with a written financial plan (30.7 per cent), the release adds.

The research took the temperature of Canadians on their main retirement concerns.

Rising inflation and market volatility were identified by pre-retirees as “key risks” through the research, and concerns over these two factors have increased dramatically since this annual study was launched eight years ago, the release states.

For those already retired, inflation was the top risk identified, with healthcare costs seen as the second highest.

Sixty-two per cent of pre-retirees surveyed felt inflation is “holding them back from retiring when they would like,” a jump from 56 per cent in last year’s edition of the research, the release notes. Of that same group, 66 per cent felt “that inflation will reduce the purchasing power of their savings and have a negative impact on their standard of living,” the release points out.

Ontarian pre-retirees are the most concerned about inflation’s impacts — 69.9 per cent of them feel inflation is a top concern, while overall Canadians worry “the rising cost of living brought on by higher inflation is exacerbating these savings concerns and making many Canadians feel less comfortable about their retirement plans,” the media release concludes.

Lots to digest here. Clearly, having a written financial plan authored by an advisor seems to equip many of us with confidence. Inflation is trickier, and we can see that many folks thinking of pulling the chute on work may worry about what their spending power (on a reduced income) will be like when they land.

If you have a workplace retirement program of some kind, you’re ahead of the game here. If you don’t have a program — or, as the owner of a business, would like to offer one to your employees as a way to attract and retain them — have a look at the Saskatchewan Pension Plan. SPP’s open, voluntary defined contribution plan has been successfully delivering retirement security to both individuals and organizations since 1986. Find out what SPP can do for you today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Dec 5: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

December 5, 2022

How to get your retirement savings back on track when money’s tight

Writing for the GoBankingRates blog via Yahoo!, Vance Cariaga offers up some interesting tips on how to keep your retirement savings effort going, even while record inflation and roiling markets are battering away in the background.

A survey from Allianz Life, he writes, found that 54 per cent of Americans “have stopped or reduced retirement savings due to inflation.” A further 31 per cent have reduced contributions to their 401(k) plans (similar to a capital accumulation savings plan here in Canada), he notes.

“Cutting back on retirement contributions is understandable in periods of high inflation — especially if you need the money to pay for essentials such as housing, utility bills, and groceries. However, doing so comes with serious consequences,” he warns in the article.

Cutting back now, even for good reasons, means you will have to play catch up later, the article continues. The “worst move” we can make is to cut back completely on retirement savings, he writes.

Here are the ideas Cariaga has for keeping the savings going despite living through a tight money era:

  • The first idea is to tweak your budget. “You’d be surprised how many discretionary expenses can be reduced or eliminated altogether,” he writes. Brewing your own coffee, cutting back on dining out, avoiding “pricey” vacations and trimming back on memberships are ideas to free up money for savings, the article suggests.
  • Next, he recommends cutting back on credit card spending. “The best move is to cut down on your credit card use. After that, try to pay the balance in full every month to avoid interest charges,” he explains. Another idea expressed in the article is doing a “balance transfer” from one card to another with a lower interest rate.
  • Side gigs, the article notes, can bring in up to $1,000 a month, creating some more cash to save.
  • If you have some sort of ongoing retirement savings arrangement, either through work or individually, Cariaga suggests you “reduce, instead of eliminate, retirement savings.”

Some workplace pension systems require contributions at a mandatory rate, but if you are doing your own automatic contribution to a savings vehicle, you could temporarily dial down the amount, the article notes – and then dial it back up when better times return. This is completely doable if you are a member of the Saskatchewan Pension Plan (SPP), for instance.

Even if you squeak through this economic downturn with reduced retirement savings, your future you will be thankful you kept your eye on the ball.

And as mentioned, with the Saskatchewan Pension Plan, you are the quarterback when it comes to deciding how much you want to set aside for retirement each payday. You can contribute any amount you want up to $7,000 annually to SPP, who will grow your savings at a very low management expense rate, and then convert your nest egg into income down the road. Be sure to check them out today.

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Nov 28: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

November 28, 2022

Younger Canadians doing better than you’d think on finances: RBC poll

New research from RBC, reported on by Wealth Professional, suggests that young people are taking their finances – including saving for retirement – quite seriously.

A whopping 83 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 24 say “financial stability is key to overall happiness,” while 59 per cent say “they’re very or extremely engaged with their finances, compared to just 47 per cent of parents who think they are,” Wealth Professional reports.

“Canada’s young adults are planning and saving for their future,” Jason Storsley, senior vice-president of Everyday Banking and Client Growth at RBC, tells Wealth Professional. “The survey results showed about 32 per cent of young adults are saving for a house, and about a fifth of them (19 per cent) are already saving for retirement as well,” he states in the article.

Chief concerns among young adults, the magazine continues, are “the high cost of living (70 per cent) and inflation (54 per cent).” Sixty-seven per cent admit feeling “stressed about their finances,” and 58 per cent “worry about having too much debt.”

It sounds to us like the younger generation is being very responsible about money, and that their parents and grandparents may be underestimating that fact.

“It does feel like there is a disconnect between kind of what parents’ perception is and what youth are actually willing to do with respect to side hustles,” Storsley states in the article. “I think we sometimes underestimate the resourcefulness of our youth, and how they are stepping up to meet some of the challenges they are facing today.”

Some good news for younger Canadians is that when they get older, the payout from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will be higher.

Writing in the Globe and Mail, noted actuary and financial author Fred Vettese explains that both the contribution rate and benefit payout rate from CPP are on the rise.

“The maximum pension payable will ultimately be 50 per cent greater in real terms than it was in 2019, but the actual increase will be less if one didn’t always contribute the maximum. It will take more than 40 years before the expansion is fully phased in,” he explains.

A chart included in the article shows a steady increase coming for the next 30 years, which is positive news for younger people who will hit age 65 in the late 2040s and 2050s.

If you’re 18 to 24, perhaps still a student or early on in your work career, you may not have access to a pension through the workplace. But the Saskatchewan Pension Plan has you covered.

Any Canadian adult with registered retirement savings plan room can join, and your membership means access to a voluntary defined contribution pension plan that has been delivering retirement security since 1986. With SPP, your contributions are prudently invested at a low cost and grown between today and the long-off future date when you untether yourself from the labyrinth of work. Check out SPP today!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.


Nov 21: BEST FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

November 21, 2022

Employers top fear is losing employees; some see retirement benefit as a retention tool

New research from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and the Angus Reid Group finds that the top concerns for Canadian employers this year are “employee burnout and losing staff,” according to a HOOPP media release.

And, the release notes, “while employers recognize the value of retirement benefits for addressing these concerns, the current high-inflation environment is driving them to favour wage hikes instead.”

The research involved 778 Canadian business owners with 20 or more employees, the release states.

“Current inflationary pressures are understandably leading many employers and workers to prioritize cash in hand, even as they recognize the short- and long-term value of retirement benefits,” states Steven McCormick, SVP, Plan Operations, HOOPP, in the media release. “It is arguably more important than ever for leaders – in business, government and the retirement industry – to take measures that will help workers save for retirement, even when it’s challenging to do so.”

And, the release continues, 17 per cent of the organizations surveyed had indeed improved or introduced retirement savings plans in the past year, or “plan to do so in the year ahead.”

The other good news found through the research is a feeling of optimism among business owners about their prospects, the release continues. Eighty per cent said they “are optimistic about their business’ success over the coming year,” the release tells us.

“What they’re worried about is employees, with leading concerns being: greater competition for hiring (82 per cent), employee burnout (79 per cent), labour shortage (79 per cent) and high turnover (77 per cent). A strong majority are also worried about inflation (82 per cent),” the release notes.

That’s why, the release continues that 67 per cent “favour wage increases over benefit enhancements” as the best way to “mitigate” inflation’s impacts for employees, while 71 per cent see wage increases as the best “means to attract new employees.”

“Some employers may be underestimating the degree to which retirement benefits can serve both their business needs and their employees’ needs,” states Demetre Eliopoulos, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Angus Reid Group in the release. “The survey found some significant correlations between benefits and a happy, productive work force.”

Sure, wage hikes are great in the short term, but it’s the long term most people should be worrying about. When you leave the workforce, you’ll still need money to pay your bills, and benefits from the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security are pretty modest. Having a workplace pension plan equips you for that future – you’ll probably be able to stop working earlier, and you’ll enjoy a higher level of retirement income security.

We often note that for those of us without a retirement program at work, the Saskatchewan Pension Plan provides everything you need to create your own plan. But that’s also true if you are an employer thinking of offering a retirement program for your employees. SPP can make it easy for you to provide this benefit, which helps retain your employees in a time when staff shortages are the norm. Contact SPP for information on how you can offer our pension plan to your employees!

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Written by Martin Biefer

Martin Biefer is Senior Pension Writer at Avery & Kerr Communications in Nepean, Ontario. A veteran reporter, editor and pension communicator, he’s now a freelancer. Interests include golf, line dancing and classic rock, and playing guitar. Got a story idea? Let Martin know via LinkedIn.