Important Notice Regarding CAPSA Guidelines
CAPSA Guidelines are intended to support the continuous development and improvement of industry practices. Canadian pension regulators generally expect that registered pension plans will operate in accordance with CAPSA guidelines. However, individual pension regulators may communicate their own specific expectations and registered pension plans in those jurisdictions should operate accordingly.
Flexible Pension Plans
The Guideline summarizes the recommendations of the Task Force on Flexible Pension Plans in order to address various issues related to flexible pension plans.
Electronic Communication in the Pension Industry
The Guideline provides a framework to apply the provisions of e- commerce legislation and applicable pension legislation to pension communications sent electronically from a pension plan administrator and/or pension plan sponsor that are required under pension legislation.
Capital Accumulation Plans
These guidelines reflect the expectations of regulators regarding the operation of a capital accumulation plan, regardless of the regulatory regime applicable to the plan.
Pension Plan Governance
The purpose of the guidelines and self-assessment questionnaire is to assist pension plan administrators in fulfilling their governance responsibilities by achieving and maintaining good governance practices.
Fund Holder Arrangements
This guideline highlights good governance practices related to fund holder arrangements of the pension plan and pension fund.
The Prudent Investment Practices Guideline and companion Self-Assessment Questionnaire are intended to provide guidance to plan administrators on how to demonstrate the application of prudence to the investment of pension plan assets. The Pension Plan Funding Policy Guideline is intended to provide guidance on the development and adoption of funding policies.
Defined Contribution Plans
The Defined Contribution Plans Guideline has been developed as part of CAPSA's strategic initiative to review current approaches to regulating and supervising defined contribution (DC) pension plans.
This Guideline is designed to outline best practices and options with respect to searching for un-locatable members.
The Guidance outlines expectations regarding situations where an actuary wants to use an insurance company quotation to determine the solvency liabilities of the portion of the pension plan that is assumed to be settled by purchase of annuities.
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