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Ontario Government Continues Plans for ORPP Plan

Web posted on July 04, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne held a roundtable on pensions with members of the government's Technical Advisory Group on Retirement Security today at Queen's Park. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) would be the first of its kind in Canada and would build on key features of the Canada Pension Plan.

She was joined by Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, and Associate Minister of Finance Responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, Mitzie Hunter.

"My team and I are focused on making Ontario the best place to live from childhood to retirement. I am pleased to continue our work with our Technical Advisory Group and move forward with our plan to build a strong, reliable retirement system." Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

The roundtable focused on discussing the best way to move forward with implementing the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) to create a strong and secure retirement system in Ontario. The government is consulting with its Technical Advisory Group to ensure the plan is cost-effective, business-friendly and protects the millions of working Ontarians who do not have a pension plan.

It is anticipated that enrollment would occur in stages starting in 2017, beginning with the largest employers. Contribution rates would be phased in over two years. Fewer than 35 per cent of workers in Ontario have a workplace-based pension plan. Coverage for workers in the private sector is even lower, with only 28 per cent having the benefit of plan membership.

"We are continuing to move forward with the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Today's meeting with the advisory council will help us with the next stages of implementation so that Ontarians can enjoy a more secure retirement." Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.

The government will soon take further steps to move forward with putting this plan into action. The ORPP would expand pension coverage initially to more than three million working Ontarians who do not currently have a workplace pension plan.

"I am honoured to take on this new role, and I will work hard to help ensure that people across Ontario can retire with dignity and security. I look forward to working closely with Minister Sousa. I am confident our efforts will have a real impact on people's lives." Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance (Ontario Retirement Pensions Plan).

Building a retirement system that the people of Ontario can rely on is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.