Amending the Pension Benefits Division Regulations (Reserve Force Pension Plan) (Updated)

Title or working title of regulatory initiative

Amending the Pension Benefits Division Regulations (Reserve Force Pension Plan)

Enabling act(s)

Pension Benefits Division Act


The Pension Benefits Division Act (PBDA) applies to all legislated federal public sector pension plans and provides a mechanism for the division of accrued pension benefits upon marriage or common-law relationship breakdown. Regulations made under the PBDA provide operational details, including form and manner of division applications, the calculation of the maximum transferable amount, and the adjustment of the member’s pension benefit after a division has been made. The Reserve Force Pension Plan (RFPP) was established in 2007, following the coming into force of Pension Benefits Division Regulations (PBDR). Amendments to these Regulations are required to provide direction with respect to the RFPP.

Key objective(s)

To expand the provisions of PBDR to cover pension benefits accrued under the RFPP.

This regulatory initiative is associated with the department’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan: 2020 to 2030.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Regulatory cooperation is not required as this initiative is internal to the management of the Reserve Force Pension Plan.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected impacts on Canadians, including businesses, as these issues are internal to the government and would apply only to the affected members of the RFPP whose circumstances would be described in the amendments.


Draft regulatory amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I to provide an opportunity for public comment on proposed amendments.

Links to additional information

Departmental contact information

Deborah Elder
Senior Director, Pensions and Benefits Sector
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

This regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan: 2015-2017

For more information

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