To: Pension Plan Members (includes CUPE Locals 1145, 1770, 1775, 3260)
From: PEI Education Sector Pension Plan Committee
Date: December 1, 2015
Re: Indexation of Benefits and Contribution Levels for 2016
This memo contains important information regarding the status of
your pension plan and the benefits it provides.
The Funded Ratio of the Plan at July 31, 2015 is above 100%
What this means to you in 2016.
Retirees and Surviving Spouses
Your monthly pension will increase by 0.85% (allowable inflation adjustment) effective January
Active and Deferred Members
Benefits earned for service before July 1, 2007 will increase by 0.85% (allowable inflation
adjustment) effective January 1, 2016.
Your contributions to the Plan for 2016 will remain at 8.2% of payroll.
Employer / Government contributions to the Plan for 2016 will remain at 8.2% of payroll.
Contribution rates are deemed sufficient to keep the Funded Ratio above 90% for the calendar
year 2016. No benefit reductions are required.
Indexation and contribution levels will vary annually based on the Funded Ratio of the Plan. We
will provide you with updates each year before any changes take effect. If you have any
questions, please contact a member of the Pension Committee:
Representing CUPE LOCAL 3260 – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS, YOUTH SERVICE WORKERS,
STUDENT ATTENDANTS AND WORKPLACE ASSISTANTS:
Lori MacKay, 902-626-1112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing CUPE LOCAL 1145 – BUS DRIVERS:
Wanda Gaudet, 902-853-2578, email@example.com
Representing CUPE LOCAL 1775 – MAINTENANCE:
John Doucette, 902-628-6400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing CUPE LOCAL 1770 – ADMIN ASSISTANT:
Barb MacDonald, 902-368-6817, email@example.com
Terry Hogan, 902-368-4002, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing the Employer:
John Cummings, 902-368-6845, email@example.com
Representing Education, Early Learning and Culture:
Terry Keefe, 902-438-4880, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing Education, Early Learning and Culture:
Chris DesRoche, 902-438-4882, email@example.com
AT-A-GLANCE FOR 2016 Prince Edward Island Education Sector
Terms in italics are defined at the end of the document.
WHEN MUST I JOIN THE PENSION PLAN?
You must join the Plan on the date you were hired. There were some exceptions for employees hired prior to July 1, 2007.
CURRENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PENSION PLAN
8.2% of your earnings up to the YMPE
WILL EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION RATES CHANGE?
The employee contribution rate may change but will remain between 7.2% and 9.2%. Changes will not be made more than once per
year and is based on the annual Funded Ratio.
HOW IS MY PENSION CALCULATED?
Your annual basic lifetime pension is calculated as follows:
For each year prior to January 1,
40% of your contributions
For each year between January 1,
1999 and June 30, 2007
1.4% of your earnings up to the YMPE
For each year July 1, 2007 to retirement
1.45% of your best 5 years earnings multiplied
by the Benefit Service Multiplier
Your current accrued pension as at January 1, 2015 can be found on your annual pension statement under the section Normal
IS MY PENSION INDEXED DURING RETIREMENT?
Your lifetime pension may be indexed if the annual Funded Ratio is above 100%.
AT WHAT AGE CAN I RETIRE?
Your normal retirement
the first day of the month coincident with or following your 65th birthday
Your earliest retirement
between your 55th and 65th birthday, with at least two years of Continuous Service
the first day of the month coincident with or following your 60th birthday
retirement date is:
after your 65th birthday, but the pension commencement must be no later than the end of the year in which
you attain age 71.
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT?
At the time of your
normal or earliest
You will receive a pension calculated according to the pension formula previously described, paid for
your lifetime in equal monthly instalments.
At the time of your
– If you have completed at least two years of Continuous Service and are 60 years of age or more at
the time of your retirement, you will receive a pension calculated according to the pension described
– If you are at least age 55 and have completed at least two years of Continuous Service but are less
than 60 years of age at the time of your retirement, your basic lifetime pension will be reduced by
3/12% for each month that precedes age 60.
At the time of your
Your pension will be calculated using the same formula as for normal retirement. Between age 65 and
your retirement date, you will continue to contribute to the Plan and to accrue benefits.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL INCOME BENEFIT?
If you retire prior to age 65, you may elect an optional temporary pension that can be paid in addition to the annual basic lifetime
pension. It aims to bridge the gap between your Prince Edward Island Education Sector pension amount before age 65 and the
combined retirement income you will receive when you will be eligible for full government benefits at age 65. Should you choose
this option, your monthly temporary pension will be approximately equal to the current government Old Age Security (OAS)
benefit and will cease at age 65. After age 65, you will continue to receive your annual basic lifetime pension.
Note that due to a 2012 federal government budget decision, the age of eligibility for OAS is gradually moving from 65 to 67. If
you were born on or after April 1, 1958, your new OAS commencement date will be after you have reached age 65. If you
choose the Level Income option for your ESPP pension, your combined retirement income from the ESPP and the OAS will be
reduced between the ages of 65 and your OAS commencement date. After your OAS commencement date your income from the
ESPP and OAS should return to the approximate amount of the benefits you were receiving immediately before you turned 65. If
you have any questions about your OAS pension please contact Service Canada by calling 1-800-277-9914 or by visiting their
website at : . http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/changes/age/index.shtml .
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF …
… termination of
(prior to age 55)
Your benefit upon termination of employment prior to age 55 is a refund of the total amount of your
contributions to the Plan with interest. In lieu of a refund, if you have completed at least two years of
Continuous Service, you may elect to defer your benefits until you are eligible to receive monthly
pension payments as early as age 55.
… a workplace
accident resulting in a
If you are injured on the job and are approved to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits, your
employer will continue to pay your contributions to the Plan and you will accrue a pension benefit for
that period. Both contributions and pension benefits accrue based on your rate of pay at the time of
… unpaid leave of
If you are on an unpaid leave approved by your employer, your contributions to the Plan cease. You
will not accrue pension benefits during the unpaid leave period. Pension accrual will continue upon
return to work. Should you not return to work after an unpaid leave, your termination date will be
based on the last date you accrued pension.
… Long Term
If you are on Long Term Disability, your insurer will continue to pay your contributions to the Plan on
your behalf and you will continue to accrue a pension benefit during your Long Term Disability period.
Both contributions and pension benefits accrue based on your rate of pay at the time of your disability.
… death prior to
– If you die prior to retirement and do not have a spouse, your beneficiary or estate will receive a
lump sum equal to the Commuted Value (pension benefit) you would have received had you
terminated service just before death. The total death benefits received will not be less than your
own contributions with interest.
– If you die prior to retirement and have a spouse, your surviving spouse will be entitled to a
lifetime pension equal to 60% of the accrued pension to which you were entitled just before the
date of death. In lieu of a pension for life, your surviving spouse can elect to receive a lump sum
equal to the Commuted Value (value of pension) you would have received had you terminated
service just before death.
… death during
– If you die after retirement but before having received 60 months of pension payments and did
not have a spouse at the date of retirement, your beneficiary or estate will receive a monthly
pension until such time that the full 5 years of guaranteed payments (starting with the original date
of pension commencement) have been paid, after which the benefit will cease. Alternatively, your
beneficiary or the executor of our estate may choose to receive a lump-sum payment equal to the
value of the pension payments still remaining in the guarantee period.
– If you die after retirement and had a spouse at the date of retirement, that same surviving
spouse (provided they are still a spouse) will receive 60% of your monthly pension for the rest of
the spouse’s life. The payment to the spouse will be made on the first day of the month
immediately following the month of your death. Spousal pension ceases upon death of the spouse.
… end of spousal
The Pension Committee has decided to suspend the processing of any new calculations related to
breakdowns of spousal relationships. This suspension will remain in force while the Pension
Committee reviews the policy on breakdowns of spousal relationships. In the interim the data required
to value the pension for purposes of breakdowns of spousal relationships will be provided. The
calculation itself will, however, be the responsibility of the parties involved. If you have any questions
about this please contact your HR representative.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE PLAN
The Plan is administered by the Prince Edward Island Department of Education, Early Learning and
Culture. The Department has appointed a Pension Committee to oversee the day to day tasks of the
Pension Fund. The Pension Committee is made up of the Employer, three members appointed by the
Administrator, four union representatives (each from CUPE Local 1145, 1770, 1775, 3260) as well as a
representative from the Minister of Finance.
All expenses related to the administration of the Plan and the funds are paid from the pension fund.
Contact Information for
For additional information or if you have any questions concerning the Plan, please contact your HR
The total of your benefit hours accumulated between July 1, 2007 and the effective date at which the
“Benefit Service Multiplier” is being determined, divided by 2080 (full time hours). The benefit hours
for any given year shall not exceed 2080 hours.
Number of years during which you have permanent full time or part time employment by a
participating PEI School District with breaks in service of no more than six months duration. Service
also includes periods on Long Term Disability, Worker’s Compensation, holidays, sick leave and leave
with pay. Approved leave of absences without pay will also not interrupt continuity of service.
Basic salary, excluding overtime pay. Earnings also include other forms of compensation such as
Long Term Disability, Worker’s Compensation and participation in the Deferred Salary Leave
A measure of the financial health of the Plan reviewed each year as at July 31st and communicated with
a memo from the Pension Committee each Fall.
For the purpose of the pension plan, spouse means a person who:
• is legally married to the member and is not legally separated from the member,
• is not legally married but has cohabited in a conjugal relationship with the member for a period
of at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to date of death of the member, or
• is living together in a conjugal relationship with the member and are the natural or adoptive
parents of a child or children.
The year’s maximum pensionable earnings used as defined in Section 18 of the Canada Pension Plan.
For 2016, it is $54,900.
This document summarizes as accurately as possible the main provisions of the Prince Edward Island Education Sector Pension Plan as at the date it was last amended
(June 30, 2012). In case of discrepancy, however, the official Plan text shall prevail. Prince Edward Island Education Sector intends to maintain the Plan indefinitely.
However, it reserves the right to amend it or terminate it at any time.
FEBRUARY 1, 2017.
This should also be circulated to Bus Drivers (so please post where they can see or place in Driver mailboxes)
For those that may be contemplating retirement this year or even for those that could be sometime in the next few years, this would be useful information that you would need to have. (Please copy and paste the links into your browser)
How much will my monthly pension be if I retire?
You receive an annual pension statement every year in June from Morneau Schepell that provides your retirement information. Estimates could be requested if you are considering a retirement earlier than the normal age noted on your annual statement. If you require an estimate, you can call myself or Alva Coade to request.
How much will my Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security Pension (OAS) be?
If you have a service canada account, you can do this online but for those that don’t below is the link that provides you with the telephone, online or mailing information to request an estimate of your CPP as well as the link for the Old Age Security (OAS)
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) link
Old Age Security (OAS) link
What are my options for health/dental/travel when I retire and how much will it cost me per month?
Johnson Insurance has a website for the active and retired CUPE members that has all the forms, costs, overview of the benefits, etc. That website is www.mybenefitplan.ca and the link for the information regarding what options there are for the retirees and what is included in the benefits is:
REtirees have the option to change their plan (within the 4 options) each March for the upcoming year so for example if you found that the option you selected you were paying for is more than you require, you might select the lower cost option for the next year. You can change this every year if you need to.
PEI Seniors Drug Plan information:
If you are 65 years of age, you automatically qualify for this program. The link will provide you with the relevant information you need to know about this plan and how you could then change your CUPE Retiree Drug Plan to a lower costing plan.
Retirement Allowance (Article 23 CUPE Support and Article 20 CUPE 3260)
As per your Collective Agreement, when you retire, if you are eligible, you would receive either a lump sum payment (less taxes) or transfer into an RRSP, monies that recognize your years of continuous service to a maximum of one hundred and twenty-five days (125) CUPE SUpport and 714 hours (CUPE 3260) calculated at your current hourly rate. This calculation will be provided to you by Nicole Tremere, Payroll Supervisor.
If you have any questions regarding retirement, please do not hesitate to contact me and for those that are planning to retire this year, if they could let us know as soon as possible it would be greatly appreciated.