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Sep 01, 2014 at 03:27 AM

Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
online polls or sending me an e-mail. This website is here for you, so
please share your thoughts and ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


April 2014 Newsletter
May 01, 2014 at 08:36 AM

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In this month's newsletter: Standing Up for Victims, Taking Action on the World Stage, Supporting Families, In Memory of Jim Flaherty.

[Click here to download April 2014 Newsletter]

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PM welcomes eighth report of the Advisory Committee on the Public Service
Apr 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

April 25, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the 8th report of his Advisory Committee on the Public Service, entitled Contributing to a Competitive Canada.  This year’s report focuses in large part on the future with a number of recommendations centered on how the Public Service can renew itself for the greater benefit of Canadians and the continued competitiveness of Canada.

The Committee’s principal recommendations included:

  • Involving all employees, especially those on the front lines, in process improvements;
  • Putting renewed effort into streamlining business processes;
  • Investing in learning with a particular focus on core Public Service competencies and skills;
  • Ensuring that middle management roles are clearly defined and that management structures in departments are adapted to meet today’s requirements;
  • Investing in longer-term thinking both in people and institutions; and,
  • Sustaining the momentum of the management reforms underway and establishing milestones for progress.

The Committee also fully endorsed the Blueprint 2020 engagement process lead by the Clerk of the Privy Council to reform and renew the federal Public Service, supported the Government’s efforts to balance its budget, and noted the importance of modernizing the workplace through the application of new information technologies. Members also highlighted the successes of significant management initiatives underway including the transformation of Public Service pension and pay services and the consolidation of key back-office infrastructure.

The eighth report is available on the Clerk of the Privy Council’s website: www.clerk.gc.ca/eighth.

Quick Facts

  • The Advisory Committee was created in 2006 to advise the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council on the renewal and future development of the Public Service.
  • The Advisory Committee is composed of seven eminent Canadians.
  • The Committee concluded the report with their view that “a high-quality, non-partisan, technologically enabled Public Service, able to serve Canadians in both official languages, is essential to Canada’s capacity to meet the challenges of the 21st century. If our public sector is not competitive, our country will not be either.”

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Government of Canada Begins Consultations on a Potential Target Benefit Pension Plan Framework
Apr 24, 2014 at 01:11 PM

New option would encourage employers to offer employees a workplace pension plan with a predictable pension in retirement

April 24, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today announced the launch of extensive consultations on a potential federal framework for Target Benefit Plans, or TBPs. TBPs would be a new, voluntary, sustainable and flexible pension option available to federally regulated private sector and Crown corporation plan sponsors, employees and retirees under the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985. This would not impact the core public sector pension plans which are governed by statutes such as the Public Service Superannuation Act, the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act.

The proposed TBP framework is designed to help ensure that effective, sustainable pension options are available to Canadians who work in the federally regulated private sector or Crown corporations. This innovative approach is intended to preserve and increase the number of employers that can offer employees an affordable workplace pension plan that has a predictable pension in retirement. The voluntary nature of the proposed framework means that all parties would be involved in the decision as to whether or not to adopt a TBP, and have a say in the design elements of the plan if they do.

A consultation document providing background information and outlining the parameters of the proposed TBP framework is provided to serve as a focus for the consultations. Individuals interested in participating in the online portion of these consultations over the next 60 days are invited to do so through the link at the bottom of this news release. Given the technical nature of these proposals, the Government will also be engaging industry experts and stakeholders.

Quick Facts

  • There are currently 1,234 federally regulated pension plans in Canada.
  • TBPs would promote plan viability through their ability to adjust benefits and contributions to ensure the target benefit is met, and deal with surplus or deficit situations.
  • Because benefits are targeted and benefits and contributions adjustable, TBPs would not have a solvency funding requirement.
  • The proposed framework would allow for the conversion of both defined benefit as well as defined contribution plans into TBPs, should all parties consent, and would be available to any new pension plan created in the future.
  • The proposed joint governance structure would reflect the risk sharing nature of a TBP and ensure effective representation of employers, members and retirees.
  • The proposed consultations will not consider changes to federal public sector pension plans, which are governed by their own respective legislation. The Government has already taken steps to ensure that federal public sector pension plans are more in line with the private sector. 

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