Manulife Financial launches online Annual Information Return tool for Canadian group pension clients

WATERLOO, ON, April 11, 2006 – Manulife Financial is launching a new online Annual Information Return Summary Report for group pension clients across Canada, as part of its industry-leading governance program. This report reinforces a commitment by Manulife Group Savings and Retirement Solutions (GSRS) to make plan management easier for clients.

The online report presents plan specific information that registered
pension plan sponsors need to complete their Annual Information Returns (AIRs).

The report compiles and displays information relevant to the jurisdiction where the plan is registered to make it easier for plan sponsors to supply the particular plan details required by various pension regulators.

“Plan governance is important for plan sponsors – and we consistently look for ways to make it easier for them to deliver on their governance requirements,” says Mike Collins, Vice President Marketing and Communications.

“This new report offers plan sponsors a valuable and distinct resource. Plans sponsors can easily access relevant information in the right order to make it easier to complete their AIRs.”

About Group Savings and Retirement Solutions

Group Savings and Retirement Solutions provides a range of group pension, investment and income products for Canadian businesses, their employees and retirees. GSRS serves more than 3,800 clients and their 375,000 plan members from its headquarters in Kitchener and Montreal, plus sales and service operations in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$372 billion (US$319 billion) as at December 31, 2005.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at