There are several types of pensions for people in the province of Alberta. Most pension plans fall into one of four categories:
- Private sector employment pensions - pension plans established by private sector employers (or groups
of employers or unions) for their employees;
- Public sector employment pensions - pension plans for employees working in the public sector, (provincial and municipal public service, health and education);
Are you a member of one of the
public sector pension plans?
Are you a member of the Teachers' Pension Plan or Private School Teachers' Plan? See more information, or visit the Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS)
See more information, or visit the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board (ATRF) website.
- Retirement income programs administered by the federal government for Canadians - these include the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Further information on these programs is available from the federal government. The provinces are joint stewards of the Canada Pension Plan along with the federal government and help establish policy for the Canada Pension Plan; and
- Alberta Seniors Benefit Program – provides support in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Federal Allowance and the GST credit. It is based on income and provides monthly benefits to eligible seniors.
For more information on benefits and programs for seniors, see:
Note that pension plans established by companies in federally regulated industries such as banks, airlines, and telecommunications companies are governed by the federal pension standards legislation, the Pension Benefits Standards Act, (1985) (Canada). The federal government's Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is the primary regulator and supervisor of federally regulated private sector pension plans. The federal government also manages the pension plans for federal public service employees.
For information on accessing pension funds, click here for the “Accessing Pension Funds" guide.
Interpretive Guideline IG-15 released: Disclosure to Members and those Entitled to Benefits under a Pension Plan - June 23, 2016
Following the 60-day consultation period, the following Interpretive Guideline has been released, and is available on the Interpretive Guidelines page:
Following the 60-day consultation period, the following Interpretive Guidelines have been released:
- IG-10 - Non-Collectively Bargained Multi-Employer Plans
- IG-16 - Records Management
- IG-17 - Locked-In Retirement Accounts (LIRAs)
- IG-18 - Life Income Funds (LIFs)
- IG-20 - Use of Actuarial Excess and Surplus
Also, please note that the following Interpretive Guideline has been revised: IG-14 - Missing Members.
More guidelines are available on the Interpretive Guidelines page.
Fort McMurray Forest Fires - Filing Deadline Extension
May 17, 2016
Given the mandatory evacuation of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas, the Office of the Superintendent of Pensions has extended the deadline for filing Annual Information Returns and Audited Financial Statements from June 30, 2016 to August 31, 2016 for those pension plans who are located in Fort McMurray.
Canada Revenue Agency has also informed us that they will not be levying late filing fees for Annual Information Returns for organizations from Fort McMurray.
The deadline for providing annual member statements to plan members who are located in Fort McMurray has also been extended to August 31, 2016.
For pension plans which may be affected by the wildfires but that are administered outside of Fort McMurray, please contact the Office of the Superintendent of Pensions to request additional time beyond June 30, 2016.
Finally, if an extension to August 31, 2016 does not provide sufficient time, please contact our office to arrange for a further extension.
May 2, 2016
The Superintendent's List of Financial Institutions offering locked-in pension products has been updated and is available on the Superintendent's Lists and Reports page.
New Superintendent of Pensions
January 11, 2016
Effective January 11, 2016, Mark Prefontaine will be taking a one year secondment within Alberta Treasury Board and Finance as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister. Mark will be working closely with the Deputy Minister and will be responsible for key organizational strategies and will oversee and manage special projects and priorities spanning across government, the department and multiple divisions of Treasury Board and Finance.
Please be advised that Nilam Jetha (see bio) will be Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Financial Sector Regulation and Policy (FSRP), and also the Superintendent of Pensions, Insurance, and Financial Institutions. Nilam has been with FSRP for the past two years in a project management capacity, and brings over 25 years of Government of Alberta leadership experience to the role.
Changes Reflecting the 2016 YMPE (Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings)
January 1, 2016
A number of documents on this website have been updated to reflect the 2016 YMPE (Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings) of $54,900. These include:
- Interest Rate Tables
- Accessing Pension Funds
- Financial Hardship Unlocking FAQs – General Program and Process and Reasons to Unlock
- Application to Unlock Alberta Funds Due to Financial Hardship (Form 23) (fillable version) - effective January 1, 2016
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