MIL-OSI Translation: The Government of Canada announces its intention to expand eligibility for early retirement for its front-line safety and security workforce

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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 Government of Canada is committed to supporting public servants responsible for protecting the security of Canadians. Whether it’s firefighters who deal with wildfires, paramedics who help keep communities safe, or border services officers who ensure the safe movement of people and products across the border, border, these frontline workers play a crucial role and deserve a pension plan that reflects the demanding nature of their safety and security responsibilities.

On December 21, 2023, I received a recommendation from the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee regarding expanding eligibility for early retirement for certain occupational groups that promote the security of Canadians. These provisions would allow retirement after 25 years of service without reduction of pension, which is already offered to front-line public servants of the Correctional Service of Canada. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also benefit from similar provisions.

Today, after careful consideration, I am announcing that in the fall of 2024, the Government of Canada will introduce legislative amendments aimed at expanding eligibility for early retirement specifically 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)

The proposed amendments would harmonize how the pension plan recognizes the demanding nature of the daily tasks of members of these occupational groups, who play a vital role in promoting and protecting the safety and security of Canadians and Canadian.

The Government of Canada values the continued contribution of these front-line public servants and the public service as a whole. We want to work with all parties to adopt the necessary changes as quickly as possible.

The facts in brief

The federal public service pension plan, established by the Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA), provides employees of the federal public service and more than 60 other participating organizations, including the 3 territorial governments, with a income payable in retirement. Benefits are generally based on the employee’s salary, pensionable service and age. In 2021, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, on behalf of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), submitted a proposal to the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee (PSACP) to review the possibility of expanding eligibility for early retirement to other professional groups. The CCCFP 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 people who represent civil servants and retirees as well as the employer. To receive a pension without reduction, most participants in the federal public service pension plan will still have to be at least 60 or 65 years old (depending on the date of joining) or a lower age with 30 years of qualifying service. pension.

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