Minister Morneau Meets With Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey to Discuss Shared Priorities

October 14, 2016 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Department of Finance Canada

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau today met with Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey to discuss the recent enhancement to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and to advance other shared priorities in the spirit of openness and collaboration that was the foundation for a stronger CPP.

Helping Canadians achieve a safe, secure and dignified retirement is a core element of the Government of Canada’s plan to help the middle class and those working hard to join it. Middle class Canadians are working harder than ever, but many are worried that they won’t have enough put away for their retirement. One in four families approaching retirement—1.1 million families—are at risk of not saving enough. That’s why the Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadians achieve their goal of a safe, secure and dignified retirement by working with the provinces and territories to strengthen the CPP.

Canada’s governments agreed on June 20, 2016 to strengthen the CPP to give Canadians a more generous public pension that will help them retire in dignity. All nine CPP participating provinces have now confirmed their support for implementing the agreement, and the Government of Canada has introduced legislation towards making the agreed-upon enhancement a reality.

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“Today was a great opportunity for Minister Delorey and me to discuss ways that we can support hard-working middle class Canadians and their families by working together in common purpose. I would like to once again thank him for helping to ensure that there will be more money from the CPP waiting for Canadians when they retire so they can focus on what’s important to them, rather than on worrying about making ends meet. And I look forward to continuing to work together in the renewed spirit of collaboration that led to this historic achievement.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

  • Once fully phased in, the CPP enhancement will increase CPP benefits by as much as 50 per cent.
  • The CPP provides a secure, predictable benefit, which means that Canadians can worry less about outliving their savings, or having their savings impacted by significant market downturns. 
  • CPP benefits are fully indexed to prices, which reduces the risk that inflation will gradually erode the purchasing power of retirement savings.
  • The CPP is a good fit for Canada’s changing job market. It helps to fill the gap left by declining workplace pension coverage, and it is portable across jobs and provinces, which promotes labour mobility.
  • The CPP is a large program with millions of contributors, which allows the CPP Investment Board to take advantage of economies of scale in order to deliver strong net returns.
  • With the automatic collection of contributions for all workers, the CPP is a simple way to save.

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Annie Donolo
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Office of the Minister of Finance
613-769-7187

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