Pension-Backed Study Says Canadian Public Plans Lessen Government Welfare

sunsetIt seems that Doug Pearce, exiting CEO of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), has been vindicated for his belief in the economic benefit of defined benefit (DB) plans to the Canadian economy.

In a recently released report that was commissioned by a group of Canadian defined benefit pension plans and carried out by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), suggests that pensioners receiving retirement benefits are less likely to rely on government assistance in old age than their defined contribution counterparts.

The report also shows that 80% of all income gains from the DB plans come from investments.

The report states that 10-15% of DB beneficiaries will make use of the government’s Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) compared to 40-45% of retirees that aren’t beneficiaries of a DB plan. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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