Updating member information
This section contains the following topics:
Responsibility of employers
In updating personal changes, the employer performs a support function only by
- providing the forms to the member or directing the member to OPB web site for online forms
- instructing the member to forward the completed form(s) directly to OPB, and
- advising members on how to report any personal changes, including
- which forms to use, and
- when to submit changes.
Important: In accordance with Privacy Legislation, members must forward any personal changes directly to OPB.
Why OPB needs this information
OPB needs accurate, up-to-date membership information for ongoing plan administration and communication (e.g., Annual Pension Statement, pension estimates).
Updating personal information
This details how members must update OPB on any changes to personal information during the period of employment. This page contains these topics:
- Most frequent changes
- Member reporting responsibilities
- OPB forms, and
- Member responsible for accurate information.
Most frequent changes
The most frequent changes to a member's personal information include
- a change in home address and/or home telephone number
- a change in marital/spousal status and marital breakdown
- the addition of a child or children
- corrections to name or date of birth, and
- the addition/deletion of beneficiaries.
Member Reporting Responsibilities
Members report any changes by
- completing the appropriate OPB form(s)
- signing, dating and, where necessary, having the forms witnessed
- attaching the requisite documentation, and
- mailing the completed forms with supporting documentation to OPB
Important: OPB will not accept forms or changes sent via e-mail.
Members report changes using the following OPB forms:
Member responsible for accurate information
The member is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of personal information on file with OPB
This details what needs to happen when a member wants to change beneficiaries and includes these topics:
What employers do
Members can designate and update their beneficiaries online in e-services.
If a member does not have an eligible spouse and fails to designate beneficiaries, the death benefit is payable to the member's Estate.
Survivor and death benefits
Survivor and death benefits are payable to an Eligible Spouse or Eligible Child(ren) as required by legislation. If there is no eligible spouse or eligible child(ren), death benefits may be payable to:
- Designated Beneficiar(ies)
- Refund recipient(s)
- Payment recipient(s)
Children who are no longer eligible
Members must designate their children if they want them to receive benefits as a Beneficiary and/or Refund Recipient when
- the children no longer meet the definition of Eligible Children, and
- the member wishes children to receive a death benefit.
Members should complete their designations as described below.
|When the pension credit was earned...||Then members complete...||And designate the ineligible
|after December 31, 1986||Section 3||Designated Beneficiaries.|
|before January 1, 1987||Section 4||Refund Recipients|
If a member has questions around beneficiary designations, please have them contact our care centre at 416-364-5035 or 1-800-668-6203 Toll Free (Canada & U.S.A.)
Updating spousal information
This section details how spousal status must be updated whenever there is a change to ensure that pension entitlements or survivor/death benefits can be paid out. This section includes these topics:
- Importance of spousal status information
- Definition of "spouse"
- What employers must do, and
- When no supporting documentation is available.
Importance of spousal status information
Employers should make sure that members understand that spousal status must be determined before any pension entitlements or survivor/death benefits can be paid out.
Definition of "spouse"
"Spouse" is the person, whether of the same or opposite sex, who is
- married to the member, or
- not married to the member but living together with the member in a conjugal relationship continuously for a period of not less than three years, or
- in a relationship of some permanence with the member, if they are the natural or legally adoptive parents of a child, as defined by the Family Law Act (Ontario).
What employers must do
Employers must instruct members to complete and submit to OPB a Declaration of Spousal Status - OPB3007 (PDF) form together with a copy of the applicable supporting documentation to substantiate any change in spousal status:
- marriage certificate
- separation agreement
- divorce documents (i.e., court order, divorce decree or divorce judgment)
- death certificate when the spouse pre-deceases the member.
When no supporting documentation is available
If the member cannot provide the required supporting documentation for a change in spousal status (e.g., if the member is in a common-law relationship), then the member must complete a Declaration of Spousal Status - OPB3007 (PDF) form. Members in a common-law relationship must also provide a completed Affidavit of Spousal Relationship - OPB3010 (PDF).
Confirming a common-law relationship
This details what needs to happen when a member needs to confirm his/her common-law relationship.
What employers must do
Employers must instruct members confirming or changing a common law relationship to provide the following documentation:
- Declaration of Spousal Status - OPB3007 (PDF), and
- Affidavit of Spousal Relationship - OPB3010 (PDF).
This details what needs to happen when a member experiences a marital breakdown and includes these topics:
What employers must do
Employers must instruct members who are undergoing a separation or divorce to
- submit a copy of the following documents to OPB:
- domestic contract or separation agreement
- divorce documents (e.g., court order, divorce decree or divorce judgement)
- complete and submit the following forms so OPB can update their personal information:
Importance of marital information
Submitting the above information ensures that the
- member's personal records are up to date throughout the process, and
- administration of the member’s pension benefit complies with the member's instructions concerning his/her marital situation.
Important: If the credited service included periods of marital separation, the pension benefits at retirement, termination or death will not be finalized until OPB reviews the following documents for pension impact:
- Separation Agreement
- Divorce documents (e.g., Court Order, Divorce Decree, Divorce Judgement)