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Canadian Defined Benefit Pension Poll

Buoyed by favourable returns and elevated funded status levels, nearly 90% of Canadian defined benefit pension plans are confident in their ability to meet ongoing liabilities according to a poll conducted by RBC Investor & Treasury Services (RBC I&TS).

The poll results provide the perspectives of over 100 defined benefit pension plans from across Canada on the issues and trends influencing this important sector. Highlights include:

  • The median funded status of plans is 96%
  • Low interest rates are the top near-term challenge
  • Infrastructure and real estate are the most popular alternative investments
  • Liability-driven investing is the most effective de-risking strategy


For more information on the Canadian Defined Benefit Pension Poll, please contact your RBC I&TS representative or click here to request a copy of the report.