November 6, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting a secure and dignified retirement for Canadians by improving Canada’s retirement income system. Part of that commitment is to promote the efficient funding of federally regulated pension plans and ensure pension benefit security for plan members and retirees.

Today, the Department of Finance Canada released a consultation paper on potential solvency funding relief options for 2021 and measures to further strengthen the framework for federally regulated pension plans, as committed to in Budget 2019. About seven percent of private pension plans in Canada are federally regulated, such as those in federally regulated industries like banking, telecommunications, and inter-provincial transportation. The release of the paper and the launch of public consultations mark the next step in the government’s ongoing work to enhance Canadians’ retirement security.

Through this consultation, the government seeks to learn more about Canadians’ and stakeholders’ views on the following subjects:

  • Potential options for temporary broad-based solvency funding relief in 2021
  • Measures to strengthen pension plan governance and administration
  • Solvency reserve accounts
  • Variable payment life annuities
  • Ministerial guidelines on special funding relief.

Individuals or organizations interested in submitting their views are invited to review the consultation document at the link below. Submissions are requested on or before January 14, 2021, via email to

Consultation submissions can also be mailed to:

Financial Crimes and Security Division
Financial Sector Policy Branch
Department of Finance Canada
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G5

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