Defined Benefit Pensioners Win Battle for Pension Protection
Landmark Bill C-228 Passes Third Reading in the Senate
Toronto – April 19 - Yesterday marks a historic victory for the protection of Canadian pensioners.
Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies’ Creditors
Arrangement Act and the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 passed third reading in the
Senate, and awaits Royal Assent.
“This landmark legislation will protect millions of Canadians who rely on defined benefit
pensions for their financial security in retirement,” said Michael Powell, President, the Canadian
Federation of Pensioners, whose organization led the charge for this protection.
C-228 extends super-priority to the unfunded pension liability of private sector, single-employer,
defined-benefit pensions when a company goes insolvent. This means Canadian pensioners will
move closer to the front of the line, improving the likelihood of receiving their full pension.
Had C-228 been the law, the pensioners of Sears, Nortel, Groupe Capitales Médias, White
Birch and others would not have lost a third or more of their pensions – losses that plunged
many seniors into poverty.
“This victory would not have been possible without Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, who
sponsored the Bill, and MPs from all parties and the Senate who voted to pass it,” said Powell.
“We urge the Liberal Government and the Governor General to expedite Royal Ascent of C-228
and ensure pensioners get the protection they urgently need.”
Special thanks to all CFP member organizations and the stakeholders who joined the Canadian
Federation of Pensioners-led coalition including the National Pensioners Federation, CanAge,
CARP, Canadian Labour Congress, FADOQ, Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder
Abuse, and many retiree organizations across the country.
Canadian Federation of Pensioners