Core Canada syllabus changes

This page describes the changes made to the Core Canada syllabus for the Fall 2017 exam. There were no additional changes made for the Spring 2018 exam.

The following readings were added:

  • GHC-107-17, pages 6-17 – Study on Canadian Group Long-Term Disability Termination Experience
  • GHC-108-17 – Post-ACA Trends in Health Coverage for Small Businesses: Views from the Market
  • GHC-673-17 – CIA Public Position on a National Pharmacare Plan
  • GHC-674-17 – MCCSR Guideline 2016 (this is moving over from the Specialty syllabus)
  • GHC-675-17 – Group MCCSR Calculation Study Note (also moving over from the Specialty syllabus)
  • GHC-676-17 – Ready or Not, Here it comes?
  • GHC-677-17 – The wait is nearly over? IFRS 17 is coming, are you prepared for it?
  • GHC-678-17 – More flexibility in the application of IFRS 9
  • GHC-679-17 – IFRS, Insurance Contracts
  • GHC-680-17 – IFRS 17 Introduction
  • GHC-681-17 – IFRS 4, Phase 2: illustrative example of life contract without participating features
  • GHC-682-17 – International Standards for Insurers
  • GHC-683-17 – CIA educational note on Dynamic Capital Adequacy Testing
  • GHC-684-17 – OSFI Guideline E18, Stress Testing
  • GHC-685-17 – Standard Life vs. Tremblay 2010
  • Mechanics and Basics of LTC rate increases
  • ASOP #41

The Handbook of Canadian Pension and Benefit Plans by Morneau Shepell has a new edition, resulting in the following chapters being updated:

  • Chapter 2, pages 48-54 and 59-65 – Determination and Payment of Benefits (was chapter 3 previously)
  • Chapter 17 – Provincial Hospital and Medical Insurance Plans (was chapter 15)
  • Chapter 18 – Workers’ Compensation (was chapter 16)
  • Chapter 19 – Employment Insurance (was chapter 17)
  • Chapter 24 – Post-retirement and Post-employment Benefits (was chapter 22)

And the following study notes were updated:

  • GHC-105-17 – Pricing Considerations for Drugs Covered under Pharmacy Benefit Programs. But the only change in this update was to change the legislatively-mandated percentage relationship between WAC and AWP. The previous study note version stated that WAC must equal 80% of AWP. And the new version states that WAC must equal 83.33% of AWP.
  • ASOP #23 – this ASOP has been revised since last year
  • GHC-628-17 – The Quebec Act Respecting Prescription Drug Insurance and Its Impacts on Private Group Insurance Plans
  • GHC-633-17 – CIA Standards of Practice – Practice-Specific Standards for Post- Employment Benefit Plans
  • GHC-644-17 – Taccess Issue 2 – An Advisor’s Guide to Understanding How Taxes Impact Group Insurance Benefits in Canada

Finally, the following readings were removed:

  • Rosenbloom chapter 27 – Employee Benefits Communications
  • Pages 878-890 of Rosenbloom chapter 32 (Employee Benefit Plans for Small Companies) were removed. The rest of the chapter (pages 869-877) remains on the syllabus.
  • GHC-619-13 (background reading only)
  • GHC-639-15, pages 3-4 – Passage of New Brunswick’s Prescription and Catastrophic Drug Insurance Act (pages 1-2 were background reading only)
  • GHC-642-15, pages 13-64 (background reading only)
  • GHC-657-16 – Effect of Board Redeliberations on the 2013 Exposure Draft Insurance Contracts
  • GHC-658-16 (background reading only)
  • GHC-664-16 – Disability insurance at risk for 1.1 million
  • GHC-665-16 – Nortel employees seek clarity around health and welfare trust
  • GHC-666-16 – Nortel employees to take fight to SCC

The case study did not change this season.