Pension contribution rates effective January 1, 2021, for the 3 major public sector pension plans

Effective January 1, 2021, contribution rates for the public service, the Canadian Armed Forces–Regular Force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pension plans will change. These changes ensure the sustainability of the public sector pension plans.

Pension plan members contribute a percentage of their salary to the plans through payroll deductions. The contribution rates tables below show the rates for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Contribution Rates Table A applies to:

  • public service pension plan members who were participating in the plan before January 1, 2013
  • public service pension plan members who are employed or deemed to be employed in operational service within Correctional Service Canada
  • Canadian Armed Forces–Regular Force pension plan members (Part I of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police pension plan members
Contribution Rates Table A for 2021
From your salary… In 2019 you contributed… In 2020 you contributed… In 2021 you will contribute…
On earnings up to the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan ($61,600 in 2021) 9.56% 9.53% 9.83%
On earnings over the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan 11.78% 11.72% 12.26%

Note: Contribution rates are reduced to 1% of salary for all plan members who reach the maximum 35 years of pensionable service.

If you accumulate deemed operational service, you make an additional contribution of 0.62% of your salary to the pension plan for that service.

Contribution Rates Table B applies to:

  • public service pension plan members who began participating in the plan on or after January 1, 2013
Contribution Rates Table B for 2021
From your salary… In 2019 you contributed… In 2020 you contributed… In 2021 you will contribute…
On earnings up to the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan ($61,600 in 2021) 8.68% 8.69% 8.89%
On earnings over the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan 10.18% 10.15% 10.59%

Note: Contribution rates are reduced to 1% of salary for all plan members who reach the maximum 35 years of pensionable service.

Why are the contribution rates in Table B different than those in Table A?

Employees who became public service pension plan members on or after January 1, 2013, are eligible for an unreduced pension at age 65. These plan members pay lower contribution rates because they must generally wait 5 years longer before they can access a retirement benefit (that is, they receive a benefit that has a lower overall cost and therefore do not pay as much as those who are eligible to receive an unreduced pension at age 60).

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