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|Predecessor||Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Province of Ontario and nationwide|
(President and CEO)
(Chairman, Administration Corporation)
(Co-Chairman, Sponsors Corporation)
(Co-Chairman, Sponsors Corporation)
|Total assets||C$ 85.2 billion
OMERS Capital Markets
OMERS Private Equity
OMERS Strategic Investments
OMERS, officially the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, is a pension fund created by statute in 1962 to handle the retirement benefits of local government employees in the Canadian province of Ontario. It has become one of the largest institutional investors in Canada. Over the past 20 years approximately two-thirds of the capital added to the pension fund has been through investment returns, while about 1/3 has been added by contributions split evenly between employees and employers. As of December 2013[update], OMERS had 65.1 billion Canadian dollars in net investment assets. OMERS serves 990 employers and almost 470,000 members, retirees and survivors, including municipal workers, firefighters, police, emergency services staff, Children's Aid Society workers, school board staff (non-teaching), and transit and hydro workers.
OMERS is governed by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Act, 2006, an Ontario law which superseded the older Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act.
Under the 2006 law, OMERS is composed of two corporations:
- The Administration Corporation, formerly known as the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, is responsible for day-to-day operations, including management of pensions and investments.
- The Sponsors Corporation, which represents employer, employee and retiree members of the plan, is responsible for overall plan design and sets the rules for appointment and compensation of its own board and the Administration Corporation board.
OMERS has five major investment divisions:
- Borealis Infrastructure, which invests in public infrastructure
- OMERS Capital Markets, which manages investment in the public markets, such as government bonds and stock in publicly traded companies
- OMERS Private Equity, which concentrates on private equity investment
- Oxford Properties, which owns real estate such as office buildings and shopping centres
- OMERS Strategic Investments, which includes a venture capital arm, OMERS Ventures.
OMERS investment strategy since 2003 has been to increase its investment in infrastructure to 15% from the former 7.9%. In addition to the corporate assets outlined below, Borealis owns 16 school buildings, leased to the Province of Nova Scotia, and 12 nursing home buildings, leased to the Province of Ontario.
Outline of Borealis assets:
- Associated British Ports (33.3%)
- BPC Energy Corporation
- BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust
- Bruce Power Limited Partnership (BPLP) (31.2%, bought from British Energy in 2003 and 24.9% in 2014 from Cameco Corporation, totaling 56.1%) — including Bruce Nuclear Generating Station Bruce B facility (reactors 3 and 4) and overall management of the station
- Bruce Power A Limited Partnership (BALP) (47.4%; created in 2005) — to run Bruce Nuclear Generating Station Bruce A facility (reactors 1 and 2)
- BPC Maritime Corporation
- Caruna (partly owned), electricity distribution networks in Finland formerly owned by Fortum
- Ceda Holdings Ltd. (owned since 2005) — factory and refinery maintenance
- Ciel Satellite Group (partly owned) — owner of the 129°W satellite orbit slot: currently occupied by Ciel-2 since late 2008
- Detroit River Rail Tunnel (part owner)
- Ellevio, electricity distribution networks in Sweden together with Folksam, Första AP-fonden and Tredje AP-fonden formerly owned by Fortum
- Enwave (majority owned) — district heating operator for Toronto
- Express Pipeline System (partly owned) — major oil pipeline network, including the Platte Pipeline
- High Speed 1
- LifeLabs (formerly MDS Diagnostics) (owned since 2007) — local diagnostic laboratories in Ontario and British Columbia
- Porter Aviation Holdings (part investor)
- Ricoh Coliseum at Toronto's Exhibition Place (shares income in equity partnership)
- Scotia Gas Networks (25% owned) — gas works for southern parts of England and 75% of Scotland
OMERS Private Equity
OMERS and Apax Partners (a fund OMERS invests in) jointly own Cengage Learning, a large education resource company formerly known as Thomson Learning before OMERS and Apax Partners bought it on May 11, 2007. Some parts of Thomson Learning had been sold off to other groups before this sale. Among Cengage's major brands are Gale (formerly Thomson Gale) and Nelson Education (Nelson Canada, not Nelson USA Education).
Outline of OPE assets:
- Affinia Group Inc. (20%) — aftermarket car parts manufacturer
- Avago[clarification needed]
- Cari-All Group Inc. — shopping cart and shelving manufacturer
- CHG Healthcare Services — provider of locum tenens (temporary physician staff)
- Constellation Software Inc. (34%) — vertical market software maker
- Cookie Jar Group (formerly Cinar) — television production and educational material publisher
- Faiveley Transport — railroad equipment manufacturer
- Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp. — Toronto wholesale bakery
- Golf Town — largest Canadian golf retailer
- Honsel International Technologies (partly owned since 2004) — auto part metal manufacturer
- Husky Injection Molding Systems (Partly owned since 2011) - Injection molding systems manufacturer
- Jostens[clarification needed]
- Marketwire — press release firm
- MAAX Inc. (partly owned since 2004) — bathtub and cabinet manufacturer
- Maxxam Analytics
- Nelson Education (Nelson Canada) (OMERS is majority owner, but brand is treated as part of Cengage Learning) — education publisher
- Q9 Networks (partly owned since 2001) — Internet infrastructure and data centre operator
- Sitel (formerly Client Logic) (9%) — outsourced customer care and back office operations
- SunGard Data Systems Inc.
- TeraGo Networks Inc. — wireless broadband Internet service provider
- Trident Exploration Corp. — natural gas (coalbed methane) exploration in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin
- Vue Cinemas (Bought in 2013 with Alberta Investment Management Corporation for £935 Million)
- Warner Chilcott (less than 5%) — pharmaceutical company
- Xantrex (partly owned since 1999) — power inverter manufacturer
- Alectra was formed from the merger of Enersource (which Borealis had a 10% stake in) with several other municipal electric utilities
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- "Agreement reached to secure Bruce Power’s future. Restart of Units 1 and 2 first phase of $4.25 billion investment". 2005-10-17. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
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- "High Speed 1 concession awarded to Canadian pension consortium". Railway Gazette International. 5 November 2010.
- "About Porter: Our Team: Investors Background". Retrieved 2009-04-07.
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- "Cookie Jar and DIC Entertainment to Merge, Creating Independent Global Children's Entertainment and Education Powerhouse". Cookie Jar Entertainment. June 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18.[dead link]
- "Vue Cinemas Sold in £365m Deal". BBC News. 2013-06-10.
- Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2006 — Ontario government edition
- OMERS — main site