Auditor’s Report Filing Confirmation

Information
Publication type
Guide
Topics
Annual filing requirements
Plans
Defined benefit plans
Defined contribution plans
Year
2024
Table of contents

    Introduction

    The purpose of this Instruction Guide is to assist administrators of pension plans registered, or having filed an application for registration, under the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (PBSA) in completing the Auditor's Report Filing Confirmation (ARFC) that is required to be filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). The Instruction Guide also assists administrators with submitting, if required, an Auditor’s Report.

    Please note that a separate guide exists for completing the OSFI 60 - Certified Financial Statements.

    The Instruction Guide does not supersede the requirements of the PBSA, the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 (PBSR), the Directives of the Superintendent Pursuant to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 or any guidelines that OSFI has issued or may issue regarding the administration of pension plans subject to the PBSA.

    A glossary of some of the terms used in this Instruction Guide is provided in Appendix A.

    Who must file

    The administrator of a pension plan registered, or having filed an application for registration, under the PBSA, or its agent, must file the ARFC and, if required, an Auditor’s Report.

    Filing due date

    The ARFC and, if required, an Auditor's Report must be filed within six months after the end of the plan year to which they relateSubsection 12(4) of the PBSA. while there are assets remaining in the pension fund.

    Filing requirements

    The administrator must submit the ARFC and, if required, an Auditor’s Report using the Regulatory Reporting System (RRS).Returns are not considered received at OSFI until the filing process is complete and the returns have been accepted in RRS. If the plan is not registered to use RRS, it should do so immediately. Pension plan administrators must contact the Bank of Canada, as host of the RRS, to register for access to the Bank of Canada secure site and RRS. For assistance in registering, please contact RRS Support at the Bank of Canada by phone at 1-855-865-8636, or by e-mail at rrs-sdr@bank-banque-canada.ca. The information must be entered directly into the on-line web form in RRS. If required, the Auditor’s Report must be submitted by uploading a copy of the document in RRS.

    For further information on how to file using RRS, please consult the Manage Financial Returns User Guide for Insurance Companies and Private Pension Plans and other RRS training material available on the OSFI website. RRS training material can also be found in RRS in the Documents folder under Training and Support.

    Auditor's Report Filing Confirmation

    To determine if an Auditor’s Report is required to be filed, the filer must complete the ARFC by answering the four questions below:

    1. Are all assets of the pension fund held by one insurance company in any type of account?

    2. Are all assets of the pension fund held in the pooled funds of one trust company?

    3. Are all assets of the pension fund held by one trust company but not in its pooled funds, and the fair market value of the total assets of the pension fund is less than $5,000,000?

    4. Is the plan a fully insured plan (i.e., all benefits are paid by means of an annuity or insurance contract)? 

    If the answer is "yes" to any of questions 1 to 4, then an Auditor's Report is not required to be submitted with the ARFC. You may submit the ARFC return with no files uploaded.

    All other plans (i.e., if the answer is “no” to all questions), including plans funded through a Pension Fund Society, are required to submit an Auditor’s Report by uploading a copy of the document within the ARFC return. If an Auditor’s Report is required, submitting the ARFC with no files uploaded, will return an error message.

    The following types of Auditor's Reports may be filed with OSFI:

    • An Auditor's Report filed on the pension fund – OSFI will accept a statement in the Auditor's Report indicating that the financial statements have been prepared for filing with the regulator and are not appropriate for any other purpose.

    • An Auditor's Report filed on the financial statements of the pension plan – OSFI will accept an Auditor's Report on the financial statements of the pension plan that is prepared in accordance with Section 4600 of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada Handbook – Accounting (the Handbook). Section 4600 of the Handbook is the primary accounting standard for pension plans.

    When required, please follow the steps below to upload the Auditor’s Report by completing questions 5.a) and 5.b):

    • Click the "Browse" button provided in the ARFC to find the Auditor's Report you would like to upload

      Uploading Auditor's Report in RSS.
    • Find the Auditor's Report within your computer and select it;

    • Click "Upload" once the file is selected; and

    • Follow the remaining instructions to upload the Auditor's Report into RRS.

    • Indicate if the Auditor’s opinion is qualified by answering “yes” or “no”.

    The ARFC can be submitted once the Auditor’s Report, if required, has been uploaded to the ARFC return under question 5.a) and question 5.b) has been answered.

    Contact details

    For further information, please visit the OSFI website or contact us at:

    Telephone: (613) 991-0609 or 1-800-385-8647
    E-mail: ReturnsAdmin@osfi-bsif.gc.ca

    Appendix A – Glossary

    Auditor's Report
    Also known as the auditor’s opinion, is the opinion of the auditor with respect to the financial statements that have been prepared for the pension fund or pension plan.
    Insured plan
    Is a pension plan for which all benefits are paid by means of an annuity or insurance contract issued by an organization authorized to carry on a life insurance business in Canada and under which the organization is obligated to pay all the benefits set out in the plan.
    Mutual fund or Pooled fundAmendments to the PBSR replaced references to “Mutual Fund” and “Pooled Fund” with “Investment Fund”.
    Is a fund that includes several securities or categories of securities (shares, bonds, mortgages, etc.) established by a corporation that is duly authorized to operate a fund in which moneys from two or more depositors are accepted for investment and where units allocated to each depositor serve to establish at any time the proportionate interest of each depositor in the assets of the fund.
    Pension fund
    In relation to a pension plan, means a fund maintained to provide benefits under or related to the pension plan.