Manitoba campaigns for pension awareness

Government launches site to inform people about changes to legislation
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/30/2010

Manitoba has launched a new campaign and website to help educate Manitobans about workplace pension plans.

"The intent of this public education campaign and the new website is to give Manitobans the tools to make informed decisions about their pension plan and their retirement following major revisions to Manitoba's pension legislation, the most significant in 35 years," said Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard.

“Picture Yourself in Retirement” provides tools to help individuals and others consider retirement plans to suit their personal circumstances.

Manitoba has the second-highest pension plan coverage in Canada, with 46 per cent of the paid labour force participating, versus a national average of 39 per cent, said the government. And Manitoba is the only province that requires employees to belong to a pension plan when a plan is available.

"Workers planning for retirement will benefit from greater flexibility and protection of pension plans," said Howard. "Individuals will also see their input has been heard and incorporated into the changes that have taken place."

The website is located at http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/pension.

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