RRSPs haven't delivered, private pensions are increasingly rare, and the growing consensus among leaders is that it is time for Canada to reinvent its deal with retirees. In advance of the Dec. 17 Whitehorse pension reform summit gathering provincial and federal finance ministers, The Tyee lays out what's wrong with the current system, and ideas to fix it.
In This Series
The RRSP Mirage
Too many personal plans are coming up way short. The push is on to reinvent Canada's deal with retirees.
How Your Canadian Pension Benefit Could Double
Plan's backers, including labour, see a safe, easy way to change the retirement horizon for younger Canadians.
Ignatieff's Path to Pension Reform
UT prof Keith Ambachtsheer crafted idea for safer, voluntary alternative to RRSPs.
Tories 'Not Discounting Any Option' on Pension Reform
Key MP says need is urgent, expresses concerns about labour's idea to double CPP.
BC 'Leading' National Discussion on Fixing Pensions: Hansen
Labour, BC Liberals, others jostle to put forth new retirement plans.
Eroding Pensions, Political Flashpoints
Expect more strikes and other battles over pensions if ministers can't craft real reform in Whitehorse this week.
Canadians Confused about Paying for Retirement: Menzies
Lead Tory at pension summit says system has 'gaps' but offers no clear path on reforms.