Overview

This section provides a general introduction to PSPP retirement administration and includes these topics:

Pension payment dates

This is when pension payments are made and how members access their payment schedule:

Payment Schedule
First pension payment Paid at the end of the month following the month of retirement.
For subsequent payment dates View list of current Pension Paydates.

Links to other retirement information

Please use the following links to access other retirement information.

For information on... Click on these links:
Medical or Dental benefits or Life Insurance after retirement Insured Benefits After Retirement
The impact of Income Tax Act limitations on pensions Income Tax Rules (PDF)
Supplementary pension plans Supplementary Plans (PDF) (for pensions that exceed the Income Tax Act limit)

Retirement administration forms

This section summarizes the forms used for retirement administration and includes these topics:

Required forms

Employers must notify OPB of a member's retirement by completing and submitting the forms below. All completed forms must be submitted three months before retirement.

Important: OPB cannot process a member's pension entitlement(s) without full documentation.

Completed By Forms and Documents
Member If applicable:
Employer If a Status Indian is retiring:
  • Canada Revenue Agency TD1-IN Form (Determination of Exemption of a Status Indian's Employment Income), and
  • Letter from Employer confirming that the tax-exempt employment reported on the TD1-IN Form corresponds to membership in the PSPP. Sample Letter (PDF).
  • Agency
  • Board, or
  • Commission
  • Contribution and Salary Information Form (OPB 1013), if applicable

Definition of a common-law relationship

The member and spouse must have been living together as of the termination date in either

  • a conjugal relationship continuously for three years, or
  • a relationship of some permanence as the natural or adoptive parents of a child.

Proof of Common-law relationship

The terminating member must submit a signed and completed Affidavit of Spousal Relationship - OPB3010 (PDF).

Income Tax exemption requirements for Status Indians in receipt of a pension

All Status Indians (within the meaning of the Indian Act) are subject to the same tax rules as other Canadian residents, unless their income is eligible for exemption under Section 87 of the Indian Act. This exemption applies to the income of a Status Indian earned on a reserve.

Registered Pension Plan benefits (including pension payments from the PSPP) are treated in the same way as employment income. Therefore, if any part of the Member's employment income is exempt from income tax under Section 87 of the Indian Act, then the pension income related to that employment income is also exempt from income tax.

When a Status Indian retires, the Member and Employer must forward to OPB the following forms and documents (in addition to the normal retirement forms and documentation):

  • Certificate of Indian Status (provided by Member but issued by Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Canada Revenue Agency TD1-IN Form (Determination of Exemption of a Status Indian's Employment Income), and
  • Letter from Employer confirming that the tax-exempt employment reported on the TD1-IN Form corresponds to membership in the PSPP. See Sample Letter (PDF).

Important:

  • If the Member has worked for more than one Employer while a Member of the PSPP, then OPB needs a TD1-IN and a letter from EACH EMPLOYER for whom the Member has worked.
  • OPB will tax the Pensioner based on the percentage confirmed on the TD1-IN Form and the letter(s) from the Employer(s).
  • If OPB DOES NOT RECEIVE the required form and documents, OPB is required to deduct income tax at source. The Pensioner will have to claim exemption when he/she files income taxes.

PSPP pension formula 

This section describes the PSPP pension formula and includes these topics.

Terms

The following terms are used in calculating the PSPP Pension Formula.

Term Definition
Average Annual Salary The average of the member's Annual Salary rates over the 60 consecutive months of membership that produces the highest amount. 

If the member has fewer than 60 consecutive months of PSPP membership, then the Annual Salary rates throughout the actual period of membership are used. 

Exception: The Annual Salary in respect of prior eligible service periods may be used in the calculation when the member has
  • reinstated or re-established prior eligible PSPP pension credit;
  • transferred credit into the PSPP from the OPSEU Pension Plan, under the MOPPS agreement, or under another RTA.
Please refer to OPB for questions.
CPP Integration The reduction to the member's pension that
  • comes into effect when the member reaches age 65, and
  • reflects approximately the pension entitlement from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) from age 65, based on the member's credit in the PSPP from 1966 (maximum 35 years).
CPP Integration and Your PSPP Pension (PDF) booklet
Pension Credit The length of time in years and months, during which a member, or the employer on behalf of the member, contributes to the PSPP. 

This includes credit purchased through a buyback or transferred in from another pension plan.
YMPE (Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings) The annual amount of earnings that determines the maximum contributions and benefits under the CPP. 

The Average YMPE is calculated using
  • the YMPE in the year of retirement/termination plus
  • the YMPE in the two years immediately before the year of retirement/termination.
Example: This is a sample average YMPE calculation for a retirement in 2018.
Year YMPE
2019 $57,400
2018 $55,900
2017 $55,300
Total 3-Year YMPE $168,600
3-Year Average ($168,600 ÷ 3) $56,200

PSPP Pension formula

OPB calculates the member's pension from the PSPP using the following formula.

2% x average annual salary X Pension credit (max 25 years before 1992; no max after 1991) - 0.7% of average annual salary up to average YMPE X Pension credit from 1966 (max 35 years)

CPP Integration

This page describes CPP Integration and includes these topics:

What is CPP Integration?

CPP Integration refers to how the PSPP and CPP plans work together during a member's working years, early retirement, and after age 65. A member's pension consists of:

  • the lifetime pension, available from the date the member retires for the member's lifetime; and
  • if the member retires early, an early retirement bridge benefit, available from the early retirement date up to age 65.

At age 65, the early retirement bridge benefit portion of the member's PSPP ends. The additional bridge benefit is intended to supplement the member's retirement income until age 65 when the member is eligible for an unreduced CPP pension.

If the member collects both the PSPP and CPP pensions before age 65, the member will notice a reduction to the total pension income at age 65 when the early retirement bridge benefit ends.

Member's PSPP pension (before age 65 includes early retirement bridge benefit) - CPP Integration (bridge benefit ends at age 65) = Your annual PSPP lifetime pension

For more information

For a more detailed explanation of how the PSPP pension benefit is integrated with the CPP benefit, please refer the member to OPB publication, CPP Integration and your PSPP pension (PDF).

Inflation protection

This section describes the PSPP's provision to protect pensions against inflation and includes these topics:

What is inflation protection?

Inflation protection is an important benefit in the PSPP that provides pensioners and survivors with a yearly cost-of-living adjustment.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is the dollar amount of the increase to an individual pension payment.

COLA is calculated by means of an escalation factor, which is:

  • the percentage by which OPB increases pensions each year
  • based on the Consumers' Price Index (CPI), a standard measure of the Canadian cost of living that the Federal government sets each month, and
  • set by the PSPP which specifies
    • how the escalation factor is determined, and
    • the maximum annual percentage increase of 8%.

Formula for the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Cost-of-Living Adjustment is based on the average of the CPI for the two 12-month periods ending in the preceding September.

Example: The Cost-of-Living Adjustment reported in January 2019 was calculated as follows:

Average CPI from 
Oct. 2017 to Sep. 2018
÷ Average CPI from 
Oct. 2016 to Sep. 2017
= Escalation 
Factor for 2019

The COLA applies to the pension payments made in a calendar year.

Note: The COLA reported in January 2019 applies to pension payments from January to December 2019.

The maximum escalation factor in any year is 8%. In other words, the maximum a pension may increase is 8% in any one year. If the escalation factor is over 8%, the difference is carried forward to a year in which the escalation factor is less than 8%.

Details concerning the current year's pension increase.

For new pensioners

When pension payments start part way through the year, the COLA at the next January is pro-rated for the number of pension payments in that year.

What OPB does

OPB

  • calculates the escalation factor and the COLA, and
  • notifies all pensioners of the following in January:
    • the escalation factor
    • their individual COLA amount, and
    • the breakdown of their monthly pension (including any deductions).

Deferred pensions and COLA

Unless the member’s pension is considered a small pension, the member will be eligible for a deferred pension. This describes how COLA works for those with a deferred pension.

Upon termination

Terminated members who elect to receive a deferred (future) pension accumulate COLA

  • from the month following termination
  • to the time their pension starts.

The first increase is pro-rated for the number of complete months remaining in the calendar year after termination. If the member terminates employment in December, COLA begins 13 months later.

Upon starting the deferred pension

When the deferred vested pension becomes payable,

  • the pension is adjusted to include COLA, and
  • the member is advised of the updated amount.

Thereafter, the pensioner continues to receive COLA on a yearly basis.