TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Open Access Limited, Canada's only
defined-contribution fiduciary manager, released the following open
letter to Canada's Finance Ministers:
As you prepare to meet on Monday at Meech Lake, there are 11 million
working Canadians who are counting on you for an important decision.
These are the individuals without access to a workplace pension -
people who are looking for a breakthrough in the Canadian pension
marketplace that will help them save for their retirement. A CPP
discussion, complementary or otherwise, does not preclude the need to
move quickly on the PRPP/VRSP solution well underway.
Two years ago, you reached agreement on a framework for the introduction
of a new type of pension plan -the Pooled Registered Pension Plan, or
PRPP - aimed at making well-regulated, low-cost private-sector pension
plans accessible to the millions of Canadians without a workplace plan.
To quote from the Federal Finance Minister this August: "PRPPs are the
result of federal and provincial governments working together to help
ensure the long-term strength of Canada's retirement system. There was
unanimous agreement at the December 2010 meeting of federal and
provincial finance ministers to pursue a framework for PRPPs as an
effective and appropriate way to help bridge existing gaps in the
The recent passage by the House of Commons of the federal Pooled
Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) framework is an important first step in
realizing the goal you set two years ago. Following extensive review,
the federal regulations needed to support the framework are now in the
process of being finalized.
What's needed now is a renewed commitment from the provinces to enact
PRPPs. Provincial and territorial legislation is needed to extend the
reach of the federal legislation and make PRPPs available right across
Ministers, you have a unique opportunity to do what's right for all
working Canadians: commit to creating a PRPP that protects the
retirement needs and interests of citizens, not commerce - that legally
is structured to serve one master - the plan member, and that begins to
level the playing field for all workers.
Open Access is evidence of the fact that the Canadian pension
marketplace is ready to meet the challenge laid down by you two years
ago - for the private sector to step up and provide a low-cost
retirement savings opportunity for those without access to a workplace
Central to this is the need to bring a discretionary investment
management and a fiduciary standard of care option to the PRPP
offering. This is no different than the CPP/QPP, no different than a
Defined Benefit plan, and no different than how the wealthy have their
money invested on their behalf. It is how Open Access manages our
current members' assets, and is the approach we will take in providing
our enhanced version of PRPPs to Canadians.
We're ready, and now we're calling on you to do your part by committing
to the introduction of PRPPs in your own jurisdictions. Millions of
Canadians are counting on you. Those same Canadians will thank you for
doing the right thing.
Open Access Limited
Open Access is Canada's first and only Capital Accumulation Plan
fiduciary provider, and is driven by a philosophy that all working
Canadians deserve to retire well, not just the privileged. Open Access
proudly serves as the discretionary investment manager for employers,
employees and institutional mandates and prides itself on its practical
approach to research and development. The organization adheres to a
fiduciary standard that calls for full disclosure, no proprietary
offerings, no conflicts of interest and complete transparency.
SOURCE: Open Access Limited
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