D'Amours Report: Standard Life calls for accountability from all stakeholders

D'Amours Report: Standard Life calls for accountability from all stakeholders 
MONTREAL, April 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Standard Life considers the D'Amours 
Report a realistic overview of the retirement challenges that face Quebec 
society and one that should mark the beginning of a major public debate on the 
The report emphasizes the importance of accountability from all pension system 
stakeholders. This is one of Standard Life's major concerns. "All 
stakeholders, including government, financial institutions, employers and 
workers, must contribute to the long term financial well-being of Quebecers. 
In this sense, I would like to reiterate that Standard Life offers the 
government its full cooperation and its expertise in retirement savings," said 
Charles Guay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Life. 
Like other Canadians, Quebecers are finding it difficult to save for the 
future and plan for retirement. Surveys indicate that this situation worries 
them. It is estimated that more than half of Quebecers do not have a workplace 
retirement plan. Standard Life believes Quebec workers need support to save 
more so they receive a suitable retirement income. Standard Life is concerned 
with this issue and has a long track record in retirement savings plan 
Imminent introduction of a bill on voluntary retirement savings plans
Standard Life welcomes the announcement by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois that 
her government will introduce a bill on Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans in 
the near future. Mr. Guay believes, "This innovative solution could provide a 
clear and simple retirement savings method for individuals and employers." 
Following the adoption of Bill C-25 by the federal government, Standard Life 
called on provincial and territorial finance ministers last December to 
support Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs). Standard Life recommended to 
these ministers that legislation should include such measures as mandatory 
sponsorship and automatic enrolment, and that it should also be harmonized 
among provinces and territories. 
For more information, visit: www.standardlife.ca/PRPP. 
About Standard Life
Standard Life plc is a leading long-term savings and investment company 
headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standard Life has around six million 
customers worldwide and operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America 
and Asia, and globally with Standard Life Investments Ltd. 
In Canada, Standard Life has been doing business for 180 years. It operates 
under Standard Life Financial Inc., which wholly owns The Standard Life 
Assurance Company of Canada and Standard Life Mutual Funds Ltd. It is Standard 
Life plc's largest operation outside the UK with about 2,000 employees. It 
provides long-term savings, investment and insurance solutions to more than 
1.4 million Canadians, including group retirement and insurance plan members. 
As of December 31, 2012, Standard Life plc had $353 billion in assets under 
administration, including $45billion in Canada through Standard Life 
Ann-Marie Gagné 514-499-7999, ext. 4600 ann-marie.gagne@standardlife.ca 
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