MIL-OSI Translation: Expansion of eligibility for early retirement provided for by the public service pension plan

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 2

June 13, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The federal public service pension plan, established by the Public Service Superannuation Act, provides employees of the federal public service and more than 60 other participating organizations, including the 3 territorial governments, with an income payable at retirement. Benefits are generally based on salary, pensionable service and age. As of March 31, 2023, the plan had nearly 400,000 active participants.

Normally, the date a person begins participating in the public service pension plan determines when they will be eligible to receive an unreduced pension benefit:

Individuals who joined the plan on or before December 31, 2012 are eligible for an unreduced retirement benefit if they leave the public service at age 60 or older with at least 2 years of pensionable service (or aged 55 or over with at least 30 years of pensionable service); Individuals who joined the plan on or after January 1, 2013 are eligible for an unreduced retirement benefit if they leave the public service at age 65 or older with at least 2 years of pensionable service (or age 60 or over with at least 30 years of pensionable service).

The pension plan also provides special retirement benefits to participants assigned to operational service that allow them to retire early with an immediate unreduced pension after accumulating 25 years of effective operational service, or at age 50 with at least 10 years of effective operational service and 10 years of equivalent operational service. These special retirement benefits are currently only available to Correctional Service of Canada public servants who work in a federal correctional institution. Similar provisions are also available to members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

On December 21, 2023, the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee (PSAC) provided a recommendation to the President of the Treasury Board on expanding special retirement benefits to provide early retirement eligibility for members certain additional professional groups that support and ensure the safety and security of Canadians.

The CCPFP is the committee established under the PSSA to consult persons representing public servants and advise the President of the Treasury Board on the administration, design and financing of the pension plan. The committee includes representatives of civil servants and retirees as well as the employer. The CCFP conducted a review of the professions to be considered before making its final recommendation to the President of the Treasury Board.

On June 13, 2024, following the recommendations of the CCCFP, the Government of Canada announced its intention to table a bill in the fall to expand eligibility for early retirement to front-line public servants in the following groups:

Firefighters (federal and territorial governments) Paramedics (territorial governments) Corrections officials (territorial governments) Border services officers (federal government) Parliamentary protection officers (federal government) Search and rescue technicians (federal government)

Providing the option to retire after 25 years of service recognizes the demanding nature of the daily tasks of these occupational groups, who play a vital role in promoting and protecting the safety and security of Canadians.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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