Advisory Committees - Legislative Amendments Effective January 1, 2017

​An advisory committee is a formal structure for representatives of pension plan members, former members and retired members to meet and discuss pension plan administration and matters of interest to plan beneficiaries. It may make recommendations about the pension plan and pension fund administration to the pension plan administrator.  It also promotes awareness and understanding of the pension plan to members and plan beneficiaries.

Ontario Regulation 351/16, which amended section 65 of Regulation 909 RRO 1990 [New Window], supports changes to section 24 of the Pension Benefits Act [New Window].  These legislative amendments related to advisory committees came into force on January 1, 2017.
The amendments provide members and retired members with a prescribed method to notify the plan administrator of their intention to establish an advisory committee, and thereby obtain prescribed resources from the pension plan administrator to establish and support the advisory committee.

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