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Foundations and Current Issues in IR/HR (IRE 2001)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 2001, with research papers and assignments.

Books - Pensions and Retirement

Selected Books - Pensions and Retirement

Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine Articles & Reports

     See the Tumblrwork&labour news&research for the latest on Pensions, or Retirement

Lancaster House 2nd Annual Pensions Conference 2014 (request from CIRHR Library staff)


  • Public Policy/Pensions Reforms: Fixing the System, Comparing the Options

  • Regulatory and Other Changes to Existing Pension Plans: What Changes Are Needed, What Changes Are Likely?

  • Investing Based on Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors: How Does it Work, How is it Working?

  • Human Rights and Other Legal Issues: a Look at Actual and Potential Litigation

  • Collective Bargaining Challenges: Current Issues in Negotiations

  • Investment Strategies of Successful Pension Plans

Milke, M. & Lang, G.B. (2013). Public Sector Pensions: Options for Reform from the Saskatchewan NDP. Fraser Institute. (pdf, 61 pages).
Response of Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Union of Public Employees.

C.D. Howe Institute (search on "pensions"). Example publication: Ontario Pension Policy 2013: Key Challenges Ahead

Facilitating Pooled Asset Management for Ontario’s Public-Sector Institutions Report from the Pension Investment Advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, by William Morneau, October 2012.

Secunda, P.M. (2012). Lessons from the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions for U.S. Policymakers. ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, 28(1), 87-98.

Critique of Morneau Report by College and University Retiree Associations of Canada

Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions (2008): A Fine Balance: Safe Pensions, Affordabe Plans, Fair Rules: Report. Commissioner: H.W. Arthurs. Also available on Ontario Ministry of Finance website.

Canadian Labour Congress on retirement security.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on pension reform and Old Age Security.

Mondaq - search for articles

Townson, M. (2011). Pension breakdown: How the finance ministers bungled pension reform. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. (pdf, 34 pages).

Lefebvre, P., Merrigan, P., & Michaud, P.-C. (2011) The recent evolution of retirement patterns in Canada. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5979. 42 p.

Gomez, R. & Gunderson, M.(2011). For whom the retirement bell tolls: accounting for changes in the expected age of retirement and the incidence of mandatory retirement in Canada. Canadian Public Policy 37(4), 513-539.

Sayce, S. & Gold, M. (2011). Revisiting industrial democracy and pension trusteeship: the Case of Canada. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 32 (3), 477-497.

Luchak, A. & Pohler, D. (2010). Pensions as psychological contracts: Implications for work outcomes. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society. 49 (1), 61-82.

Pozzebon, S. (2009). The Outlook for Canada's Public Sector Employee Pensions. In O.S. Mitchel (Ed.), The Future of public employee retirement systems. Oxford University Press.

Luchak, A. & Fang, T. (2004). How has public policy shaped defined-benefit pension coverage in Canada? Journal of Labor Research, 3, 469-484.