1. That this General Synod request each diocese to examine their financial property and people resources with the intent of developing practical responses to increase the affordable and appropriate housing supply in the light of the urgent need of affordable and appropriate housing across Canada for low income and homeless families, single parents and singles.
2. That each diocese request their parishes to examine the quality of their Christian community life by exploring ways of involving and supporting those who are all too often excluded in our society and church: the homeless, the unemployed, the deinstitutionalized, the hungry.
3. That this General Synod encourage diocesan bishops to use their office to support, ecumenically and politically, the development of housing programs.
4. That this General Synod encourage all members of the Anglican Church of Canada - (a) to support affordable and appropriate housing programs when exercising their political responsibilities; and (b) to examine their own property and its use in the light of the Biblical injunction to offer hospitality to the stranger.
5. That responses to the above resolution be encouraged, supported and publicized by the National Program Committee, its staff and members. CARRIED IN ALL ORDERS Act 67
That Canon IX and the Regulations governing the Lay Retirement Plan be rescinded and replaced with the revised Canon IX and the Regulations governing the Lay Retirement Plan as in the form attached. CARRIED Act 67
(See the attached Canon IX - Lay Retirement Plan)
[N.B. The text of Canon IX is NOT included in the electronic database.]
That Canon VIII and the Regulations governing the General Synod Pension Plan be rescinded and replaced with the revised Canon VIII and the Regulations governing the General Synod Pension Plan as in the form attached. CARRIED Act 65
(See the attached Canon VIII - General Synod Pension Plan)
[N.B. The text of Canon VIII is NOT included in the electronic database.]
Bishop Brown announced the retirement of the Director of Pensions, Archdeacon G.E. Hobson, as at December 31, 1986, and thanked and commended him for his excellent leadership. Mr. K.W. Lemon presented a tribute to Archdeacon Hobson and announced that Mrs. Jenny Mason would succeed Archdeacon Hobson as Director of Pensions.
That this General Synod extend its appreciation to Archdeacon Hobson. CARRIED BY A STANDING OVATION Act 51
That Canon VIII, with the exception of Section 6, be rescinded and the following, with the exception of Section 6, be enacted in its place:
CANON VIII - THE GENERAL SYNOD PENSION PLAN
1. a) This Canon shall be interpreted in its plain and literal sense provided always that words of an ecclesiastical meaning shall have their proper ecclesiastical meaning, words of a financial meaning shall be construed in their special context as shall other words having any technical meaning and that where required by the circumstances, words of male gender shall also imply the female gender.
b) Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, in this Canon and in all regulations made thereunder:
i) the 'Church' means The Anglican Church of Canada, or any other body in the Anglican Communion, which by agreement with the Pension Committee has been accepted as a participant in the Pension Plan with respect to pension provision for its clergy and lay employees;
ii) 'Synod' or 'the General Synod' means the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada and 'National Executive Council', the National Executive Council of such Synod;
iii) the 'Committee' or the 'Pension Committee' means the Committee constituted under Section 4 of this Canon;
iv) 'Bishop' means the bishop of any diocese of The Anglican Church of Canada and any co-adjutor, suffragan or assistant bishop, and includes any priest in good standing in this Pension Plan who may be consecrated as a bishop while employed in any diocese outside of Canada, supported or assisted by the General Synod;
v) 'Diocese' means any diocese of the Church, the General Synod and any board or division of the General Synod including the chaplains in the Canadian Forces, functioning as a diocese in respect of pensions;
vi) 'Member Diocese' means any diocese of the Church operating through the Pension Committee under the provisions of this Canon;
vii) 'Non-member Diocese' means any diocese of the Church in Canada operating its own pension plan independently of the General Synod Pension Plan;
viii) 'Parish' means any charge, mission, congregation or office in the Church, a diocese or synod;
ix) 'Member' means any person, whether or not in Holy Orders employed by the General Synod, a participating Provincial or Diocesan Synod of the Church, or any department, division or board thereof and as such is in receipt of a stipend, salary, wages, or other remuneration;
x) 'In active service' refers to any member not in receipt of any pension, under any Canon of the General Synod;
xi) 'Salary' means the basis for assessment as defined in regulations to this Canon;
xii) 'Salary-paying source' means any diocese, synod, church society, missionary society, or any board, council or department under the jurisdiction of any church institution, school or college;
xiii) 'Years of Contributory Membership' means the years and full months in respect of which the appropriate pension assessments have been paid into the Fund. When years/months, and units of pension representing membership in other plans have been transferred by payment of monies into the Fund such periods of membership and pension units shall be taken into account;
xiv) 'Pension' means any payment made in respect of pension or annuities, or death benefits, or other payments made under the terms of this Canon;
xv) 'Child' means a person who is the natural or legal child of a contributing member and who is under the age of 18, or if between 18 and 23 is in full-time attendance at a school or university, and who is unmarried;
xvi) 'Non-stipendiary Ministry' for pension purpose means the work of any priest or deacon where no remuneration for services is made by either the diocese, the parish, the congregation or any other church source. For the purpose of this Canon and its regulations, it also means that the priest or deacon is not already retired and in receipt of a pension from other sources. It also means clergy who are not already participating in some other registered pension plan, nor in the Canadian Pension Plan or the Quebec Pension Plan;
xvii) 'Spouse' means a person of the opposite sex who is married to the member. (For pension purposes this definition is amended by Regulation 25.9);
xviii) 'Back service' means: 1. the years served after ordination or after employment by any church organization and before being enrolled in the General Synod Pension Plan for which no funds were transferred to the Plan from any other pension program, or
2. the years of military service in World War II or the Korean War, or
3. the years of preparation for ordination, to a maximum of five years, in the case of members who when ordained and entering the Plan do not have an opportunity to accrue more than 25 years of participation;
xix) 'Continuous Service' shall be that period of unbroken employment, except for periods of approved leaves of absence by any participating employer in the Plan. All benefits from the Plan shall be governed by the 'years of participation' in the Plan and shall not reflect the 'years of continuous service';
xx) 'Vesting' means that a member's benefit shall be vested when the member is 25 years of age, or older and has five years of continuous service; however the member's benefit shall be vested earlier if at any time the member's age and the years of continuous service total 45, or more, at which time the member's benefit shall be immediately vested.
xxi) 'Trustee' or 'The Board of Trustees' are synonymous.
2. Every person in Holy Orders whose name is on the clerical register of a member diocese shall be a member of the Plan.
3. a) There shall be a Plan to provide pension benefits for the members of the Plan who retire, or become disabled as defined in the regulations, and to provide financial support for the spouses and children of members of the Plan.
b) i) The said Plan shall be called THE GENERAL SYNOD PENSION PLAN and shall be registered as 'THE PENSION PLAN OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA', and is hereinafter referred to as the Plan. The Plan shall conform to the registration requirements of the respective governments.
ii) The Plan shall have a designated administrator, who may serve in the dual capacity of administrator and trustee, and who shall be responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Plan.
c) The Plan shall be funded through a written trust agreement in Canada, governed by this Canon. The trustees shall be named individuals resident in Canada, at least one of whom shall be independent to the extent that he or she is neither a significant proprietor, nor an employee.
d) There shall be a fund designated as 'THE PENSION FUND OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA', hereinafter referred to as the Pension Fund, for the purpose of providing benefits in accordance with this Canon and regulations made thereunder.
e) The Pension Fund shall be composed of the following parts:
i) THE ORDINARY FUND, being the monies contributed by way of assessments, actuarial transfers, like transactions and any other assets, together with interest, dividends, earnings, accumulations and accretions, less the amounts expended in the payments of benefits as provided by the Plan and the administrative expense thereof. The Ordinary Fund shall be used to provide the regular benefits of the Plan;
ii) THE ENDOWMENT FUND, being the amount received by way of gift, donation, bequest, devise or other such means, the income of which may be disbursed at the discretion of the Pension Committee as an augmentation, either general or particular, of the regular benefits of the Plan;
iii) THE SPECIAL ENDOWMENT FUND, being the amounts received by way of gift, donation, bequest or devise, the terms of which are at variance with Part (ii) above.
4. a) There shall be a body known as the 'Pension Committee' which shall consist of the following persons:
i) The Primate, ii) The Prolocutor, iii) The Director of Pensions, iv) The General Secretary of the General Synod
v) two bishops, two members of the clergy and two members of the laity elected by the General Synod from among its members;
vi) not more than five appointed persons, not necessarily members of the General Synod;
vii) the five members of the Board of Trustees chosen by the Committee under the provisions of Section 5(c)(i);
viii) vacancies among the elected members of the Committee occurring between sessions of the General Synod shall be filled by appointment by the Primate in the case of clerical and lay members and by the Committee in the case of bishops and by the Prolocutor in the case of appointed members and such appointment shall be for the unexpired term of the former member.
b) A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
c) As soon as possible after the election of the Pension Committee by the members of the General Synod, those members shall meet to appoint the remaining members of the Committee.
d) At the first meeting the elected, ex-officio, and appointed members shall appoint one of their number as Chairperson and may choose another as Vice-Chairperson.
5. The powers, authority and duties of the Pension Committee (which may be exercised and discharged notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership) shall be:
a) to administer the system of assessment and pensions established under this Canon; the general principle to be observed shall be the maintenance of a proper actuarial relation between the assessments made, levied and collected, and the several benefits proposed to be paid;
b) to appoint:
i) a Central Advisory Group from its members, and others if thought necessary, to study and deal with matters referred to that Group by the Pension Committee, and to delegate to such Group from time to time any of its powers and duties,
ii) the Administrator of the plan,
iii) a Committee known as the Endowment Committee, with the powers necessary for the administration of the Endowment Fund and the Special Endowment Fund,
This Endowment Committee shall be qualified as a charitable organization within the meaning of the Income Tax Act.
iv) an actuary or actuaries
c) i) to establish a Board of Trustees which shall consist of: the Primate; the Treasurer of the General Synod; the Administrator of the Plan; and five additional members chosen by the Pension Committee, not necessarily members of the Pension Committee or of the General Synod;
ii) members of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed for a three year term and shall be eligible for appointment for an additional three years. After the lapse of three years, a trustee shall be eligible for appointment for two further three year terms;
iii) the date of appointment of a trustee shall be June 1 in the year the appointment is made;
iv) an appointment to fill a vacancy shall be to complete the unexpired term of the former trustee. Such an appointment shall not be a barrier to a subsequent appointment under the provisions of sub-section (ii) above.
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7. The powers, authority and duties of the Pension Committee shall also be:
a) i) to make such regulations, subject to the approval of the National Executive Council, as it may deem necessary for the administration of the Plan or the Pension Fund, within the scope of Government regulations;
ii) on recommendation of the actuary, and subject to the approval of the National Executive Council, to make such regulations as to rates and bases of assessment and rates of pension as may, from time to time, be determined by the Committee;
iii) such regulations shall be laid before the General Synod at its next session for confirmation;
b) to review all pension benefits awarded under this Canon;
c) to re-value the Pension Fund at intervals of not longer than three years, or less as may be required by civil law as recommended by the Pension Committee;
d) to negotiate, maintain, revise and review pension agreements with non-member dioceses and with pension funds of Churches which are in communion with this Church;
e) to accept and admit non-member dioceses or any other diocese or body in the Anglican Communion, in which the Synod or its National Executive Council has established a special interest, as participants in the Plan, on mutually agreeable terms subject to this Canon and the regulations made thereunder;
f) to enter into an agreement, contract or undertaking with any diocese, board, department, college, school, institution, order, society, or the trustees of any fund in respect of the clergy in its employ, subject to this Canon and regulations made thereunder;
g) to levy, enforce and receive the assessments provided for in this Canon and regulations made thereunder;
h) to resolve questions and appeals under this Canon;
i) to take such actions towards stimulating interest and support for the Pension Fund as it may deem advisable;
j) to inaugurate, participate in, and/or authorize such insurance and other plans as may be authorized by the General Synod or its National Executive Council.
8. a) The Pension Committee shall define the duties of such officers as they deem necessary for the purpose of administering this Canon and its regulations. The appointment or employment of such persons and their salaries shall be subject to the approval of the General Synod or National Executive Council or other authority as directed by the National Executive Council.
b) The expenses of administration of the Plan shall be a charge on the Pension Fund.
c) The Committee shall make an annual report to the General Synod or its National Executive Council, such reports to include financial statements of the Fund showing receipts and payments therefrom, together with the report of the auditor.
d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Canon or of any regulations made thereunder, should the Parliament of Canada of the Legislature of any province pass any law which is at variance with this Canon or regulations made thereunder, the said law shall take precedence and until such time as amendments may be prepared and canonically approved the relevant requirements of the civil law shall apply to this Canon and the regulations made thereunder and the Pension Committee shall administer the Plan and Fund as if the said requirements of civil law were incorporated into this Canon.
9. The benefits conferred by this Canon or any of its regulations shall be incapable of being assigned by any instrument or act intervivos or of being charged, pledged, hypothecated or anticipated and the same shall not pass to any trustee in bankruptcy of any member of the Plan or spouse who was entitled to the same.
10. With the approval of the General Synod or its National Executive Council, the Pension Committee shall have the power, on the recommendation of legal counsel and with the advice of the actuary, to incorporate the Plan under the laws of the Government of Canada, or of any of the Provinces thereof, and this Canon and the regulations made thereunder shall form part of the constitution and by-laws of such corporation.
11. Save as proposed by the Pension Committee, no amendment to this Canon or the regulations made thereunder relating to increased benefits shall be voted upon, or enacted by the General Synod or its National Executive Council unless eight months' notice thereof shall have been given to the Pension Committee and no motion to amend this Canon or its regulations shall be considered unless the Pension Committee certifies that the funds to implement such amendment are available in the Pension Fund or, in the alternative, some other source of such funds is specified in such motion.
12. The members of the Plan, may in accordance with any regulation made in regard thereto, deposit amounts in excess of those prescribed by the regulations as the canonical assessments, in the Retirement Savings Fund.
Regulations governing the operation of the Pension Plan can be obtained from: The Pension Office, Anglican Church of Canada, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2J6