When Bill 43 received First Reading, CSSB did not do a wide-scale communication about it, such as posting information on our website, sending a special newsletter, or any other form of general announcement. We were, however, fully transparent about it when communicating with individual members to whom it might be relevant. If staff recognized that this Bill could be an important factor in their discussions with a member, they advised the member of this potential. We answered all member questions to the best of our ability.
The main reason CSSB did not proactively communicate on Bill 43 is that, while a Bill is proceeding through the legislative process, its status is still speculative. It is unknown when it will be passed, if it will be altered at all from its original version, or even if it will be passed at all. The last time an amendment to the Civil Service Superannuation Act received First Reading (Bill 29 in 2016), it never went past that stage.
Legally, a plan administrator is not required to communicate on potential plan changes. Under the Pension Benefits Act, the administrator is required to give notice of a plan amendment to affected plan members within 60 days after an amendment is made.