The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is responsible for supervising and regulating a broad range of financial service sectors. FSRA issues guidance to make it easier for the public, new entrants and incumbents to understand what is legally binding, what is FSRA’s interpretation or application of law and what information is designed to be helpful. All guidance is issued in accordance with FSRA's Guidance Framework.

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Sector Status Category Guidance Number Sort ascending Guidance Name
Pensions Active Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) PE0683ORG Regulation Changes to the Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) - 2019
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0682ORG FAQs on the Effects of Changes on Other Unlocking Applications
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0681ORG FAQs: Option to Transfer Money from a Locked-in Account to an Unlocked vehicle
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0680ORG FAQs for Financial Institutions (LIFs and LRIFs)
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0679ORG FAQs on Locked-in Retirement Accounts (LIRAs)
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0678ORG FAQs on Locked-in Retirement Income Funds (LRIFs)
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0677ORG Commuted Value Transfers - Qs&As
Pensions Active Wind up PE0676ORG New Requirements for Grow-In, Opting Out of Grow-In and Partial Wind Up
Pensions Active Spousal Rights PE0653ORG Definition of "spouse"
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0641INF A guide for employers - Communicating the value of your pension plan
Pensions Active Amendments PE0302INT Actions to avoid deregistration of a pension plan under the Federal Income Tax Act
Pensions Active Filing - Pensions PE0300ORG Extension of Deadline for Filings with FSCO (2018)
Pensions Active Defined Contribution Plan PE0298INT Automatic Features in Defined Contribution Pension Plans
Pensions Active Amendments PE0297ORG Conversion of a Plan from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0296INT Pension Plan Administrator Roles and Responsibilities
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0295ORG Frequently Asked Questions - Unlocking by Non-resident Former Member -Section 50.0.1 of the PBA
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0291ORG Nortel Ontario Beneficiary Direction, Consent & Waiver
Pensions Active Plan Types PE0290ORG FAQs - Multi-Employer Pension Plans (MEPPs)
Pensions Active Benefits PE0289ORG Immediate Vesting
Pensions Active Wind up PE0288ORG Full and Partial Wind Ups - Frequently Asked Questions
Pensions Active Information and Statements PE0287ORG New Provisions Related to the Disclosure of Records
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0286ORG Bill 236, Pension Benefits Amendment Act, 2010 - Frequently Asked Questions
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0285ORG FAQs on the Most Significant Changes under Bill 120 in force on December 8, 2010 and July 1, 2012
Pensions Active Funding PE0284ORG Contributions In-Kind Not Permitted
Pensions Active Wind up PE0283ORG Original and Successor Pension Plans - Section 81 Does Not Preclude Wind Up of Original Plan
Pensions Active Wind up PE0282ORG Where Employer Sells, Assigns or Disposes the Business or assets for the Business
Pensions Active Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) PE0281ORG Determining PBGF Assessment Base
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0280ORG Commuted Value Transfer Where Plan Underfunded and Member within 10 Years of Normal Retirement Date
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0279ORG Subsidized Early Retirement & Bridge Benefits where Eligibility Requirements have been Met and Plan Provides for Transfer Options
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0278ORG Recalculation of Transfer Values
Pensions Active Benefits PE0277ORG Value of a Deferred Pension
Pensions Active Benefits PE0275ORG Joint and Survivor Pension Waived
Pensions Active Spousal Rights PE0274ORG Joint and Survivor Pension or Annuity – Entitlement, Waiver and Cancellation
Pensions Active Refunds PE0272ORG Application for Refund of Contributions to Plan Members or Former Members
Pensions Active Refunds PE0271ORG Application for Reimbursement of Employer Overpayment from a Continuing Pension Plan
Pensions Active Multi-jurisdictional issues PE0270ORG Documents at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario for Plans Registered in Other Jurisdictions
Pensions Active Multi-jurisdictional issues PE0269ORG When and How to Change the Province of Registration for a Multi-jurisdictional Pension Plan
Pensions Active Funding PE0268ORG Contributory and Non-Contributory Pension Plans
Pensions Active Funding PE0267ORG Collection of Unremitted Contributions, PBA 1990 s. 59, s. 87, s. 109 & s. 110
Pensions Active Supervisory Approach PE0266ORG Decisions made under the Pension Benefits Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.8 and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 28
Pensions Active Information and Statements PE0265ORG Disclosure of information provided to FSCO by an Administrator: Records marked “Privileged,” “Private” or “Confidential”
Pensions Active Benefits PE0264ORG Past Benefits - Members Option
Pensions Active Benefits PE0263ORG Settlement of Benefits
Pensions Active Benefits PE0262ORG Union Membership as Condition for Benefit Improvement
Pensions Active Benefits PE0261ORG Amendments for Benefit Improvements - Notice and Funding
Pensions Active Benefits PE0260ORG Consent Benefits Where Amount of Benefit Not Determinable
Pensions Active Funding PE0259ORG Determination of the Solvency Liability Adjustment 
Pensions Active Funding PE0258ORG Alternative Settlement Methods for Solvency Valuations
Pensions Active Filing - Pensions PE0257ORG Actuarial Filing for Plan Amendments
Pensions Active Funding PE0256ORG Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Practice-Specific Standards for Pension Plans
Pensions Active Information and Statements PE0255ORG Members’ Annual Statements and Termination Statements
Pensions Active Information and Statements PE0254ORG Member's Right to Information, Annual Statements, Termination Statements, Notices, PBA 1990, s. 25-30, 42, O. Reg. 909 s. 28, 39-46 Effective When Published
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0253ORG Requirement to Provide Information to Members
Pensions Active Wind up PE0248ORG Credited Service for Employment Standards Act 2000 Notice Period
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0247ORG Fully Insured Money Purchase Group Annuity
Pensions Active Retirement PE0246ORG Retirement Dates
Pensions Active Supervisory Approach PE0245ORG Process for Reviewing Defined Benefit Pension Plan Applications and Service Targets
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0244ORG Inquiries to FSCO by the Administrator
Pensions Active Filing - Pensions PE0243ORG Filing Requirements and Procedure
Pensions Active Funding PE0242ORG Contribution Holidays for Plan Members; Employee - Contributions, Payroll Deductions
Pensions Active Amendments PE0241ORG For Applications Received after March 26, 1992
Pensions Active Amendments PE0240ORG Defined Contribution to Defined Benefit
Pensions Active Benefits PE0239ORG Indexing
Pensions Active Benefits PE0238ORG More Advantageous Pension Benefits or Ancillary Benefits Permitted
Pensions Active Benefits PE0236ORG Garnishment of Pensions In Pay
Pensions Active Annuities PE0229ORG Mortality Tables and Sex Discrimination
Pensions Active Advisory Committees PE0228ORG Purpose of Plan Advisory Committees
Pensions Active Funding PE0227ORG Requirement for Submission of Actuarial Reports and Cost Certificates
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0226INF Bank of Canada Revisions: Effect on Commuted Value Calculations and Filings
Pensions Active Family Law PE0225INT Administration of pension benefits upon marriage breakdown
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0224INF Defined Benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans – Leading Practices
Pensions Active Asset Transfers PE0223INF FSRA’s Consent to SEPP to JSPP Transactions under sections 80.4 and 81.0.1 of the Pension Benefits Act
Pensions Active Membership PE0222ORG Termination of Plan Membership Without Termination of Employment
Pensions Active Membership PE0221ORG Amendment to Terminate Membership not Permitted
Pensions Active Membership PE0220ORG Cessation of Member Contributions
Pensions Active Membership PE0219ORG No Transfer Rights on Suspension of Plan Membership
Pensions Active Interest PE0218ORG Crediting Interest on Employee Contributions
Pensions Active Interest PE0217ORG Average Fund Rate for Employee Contributions
Pensions Active Funding PE0216ORG Suspension of Employer Contributions in Defined Contribution Plans
Pensions Active Funding PE0215ORG Failure to Remit Member Contributions
Pensions Active Funding PE0214ORG Employer Contributions Based on RRSP Contributions
Pensions Active Funding PE0213ORG Contributory and Non-Contributory Pension Plans
Pensions Active Funding PE0212ORG Collection of Unremitted Contribution
Pensions Active Spousal Rights PE0209ORG Options to Spouse on Marriage Breakdown
Pensions Active Spousal Rights PE0208ORG Additional Options to Spouse on Marriage Breakdown
Pensions Active Spousal Rights PE0207ORG Marriage Breakdown and Pension Credits
Pensions Active Asset Transfers PE0205APP Supervisory Approach to Defined Benefit Asset Transfers Under the Pension Benefits Act
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0204APP Waiver of Biennial Statements for Missing Former and Retired Members
Pensions Active Administration - Pensions PE0203INF Missing Members Principles and Practices
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0202APP Limitations on Commuted Value Transfers and Annuity Purchases (DB Pension Plans)
Pensions Active Supervisory Approach PE0199APP Supervisory Approach for Single Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans that are Actively Monitored
Pensions Active Commuted Value PE0198INF Discontinuance of the Bank of Canada Series V122515 and V122495
Pensions Active Supervisory Approach PE0197APP Pension Sector Guiding Principles
Pensions Active Locked-in Accounts PE0196INF Life Income Fund (LIF) and Locked-In Retirement Income Fund (LRIF) Maximum Annual Income Payment Amount Table
Pensions Active Annuities PE0195APP Approach to Requirements After Certain Annuity Purchases for Defined Benefit Plans
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0194ORG Beware of Scams Involving Your Retirement Savings, Regulators Warn
Pensions Active Miscellaneous PE0193ORG Pension Scams Cost You More than Retirement Savings
Pensions Active Wind up PE0183ORG Restrictions on Payments on wind up where there is a Deficit
Pensions Active Wind up PE0182ORG Payment of Immediate Pensions & Other Benefits
Pensions Active Wind up PE0181ORG Guideline for Notice of Full or Partial Wind Up of Pension Plan