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Embracing a New Year: Choosing Your Ideal Group Retirement Plan

by Noah Bucholtz, B.Comm, LLQP

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As we step into the new year, it's a great time to ensure your organization's future with a solid group retirement plan for your valued employees. In this special New Year edition, let's explore the key steps to help you select the perfect group retirement plan provider. Let's start this journey together!

Step 1: Envisioning Your Future

Take a moment to assess your organization's unique needs and goals. Consider factors like your workforce size, budget, desired plan features, and administrative support. This sets the stage for finding a provider that matches your vision.

Step 2: Exploration Time

Research potential group retirement plan providers. Look for reputable companies with experience serving organizations like yours. Read online reviews, get recommendations from peers, and learn from current clients' experiences. Let shared wisdom guide your decision-making.

Step 3: Crafting a Stand-Out Plan

Recognize that not all retirement plans are the same. Look for plans with unique features – diverse investment options, customizable contributions, and smooth integration with your HR systems. Stand out in attracting and retaining top talent with an exceptional benefits package.

Step 4: Balancing Value

Consider costs but shift your focus to long-term value. Understand each provider's fee structure and compare service costs. Transparency is crucial, so avoid hidden charges. Prioritize long-term benefits over short-term savings.

Step 5: Support and Empowerment

Prioritize providers offering excellent customer support and education. Ensure they assist with plan setup, administration, and employee education. Choose a provider that empowers your employees through resources and workshops for informed retirement planning.

Step 6: Investment Strategies for Tomorrow

Navigate investments with diversity and effective management in mind. Seek providers with a variety of investment funds, catering to different employee preferences. Flexibility in options builds confidence in the plan's effectiveness.

Step 7: Compliance Assurance

Ensure your provider understands Ontario's pension and tax regulations. Compliance is a shield against legal issues. Make sure your provider is a reliable guide through regulatory complexities.

Step 8: Employee Input Matters

Involve your employees in decision-making. Conduct surveys or focus groups to understand their preferences and expectations. Their insights will shape a plan that truly meets their needs.

Step 9: Evaluate Proposals Wisely

As choices narrow down, request detailed proposals from shortlisted providers. Ask questions about experience, service levels, technology, and additional benefits. Let clarity and wisdom guide your final decision.

Step 10: Safeguarding the Future

Review the contract and terms carefully. If needed, seek legal advice to ensure the agreement aligns with your needs, safeguarding your interests and providing a clear vision for the future.

Selecting the right group retirement plan provider is a strategic move that requires a thoughtful approach. At Peak Benefit Solutions, we're here to assist you in finding a reputable provider that meets your employees' retirement needs and ensures their long-term financial well-being.

For further guidance or inquiries, feel free to reach out to me:

Chris Zelasko
Noah Bucholtz, B.Comm, LLQP
Group Retirement Specialist

Peak Benefit Solutions

Phone: 705-868-6780 Email:

Noah Bucholtz holds the position of Group Retirement Specialist at our Peterborough Peak office supporting new and existing clients in their retirement needs. Noah has recent experience as a Client, Banking, and Financial Advisor with a top three Canadian bank.

Born and raised in Peterborough, he received his Bachelor of Commerce at Ontario Tech University. Noah has a passion for working with clients to meet their retirement goals and is excited to provide this expertise to the Peak team. In his spare time, Noah takes advantage of the outdoor lifestyle Peterborough provides, supports the Peterborough Pete's coaching staff and spends time with family.

Peak Benefit Solutions Inc. was established in 2008 and have helped more than 400 clients from entrepreneurs, manufacturing, professional services and public organizations with their comprehensive benefits planning. Every step of the way, we are with you.



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