Operational Service Provisions

Members of the public service pension plan who are employed in operational service are entitled to special retirement benefits. Members’ eligibility for benefits is established according to different age and service criteria.

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What is operational service?

There are two types of operational service:

Figure 1: Types of operational services
Actual operational service

You accumulate actual operational service when your principal place of work is not one of the following:

  • The national headquarters or a regional headquarters of CSC;
  • The offices of the CSC Commissioner; or
  • A regional Correctional Staff College or any other institution that provides similar training to CSC employees.
Deemed operational service

If you have accumulated at least 10 years of operational service and have ceased to employed in actual operational service but continue to be employed by CSC, you may elect to accumulate operational service while employed by CSC, subject to certain conditions.

Operational service provisions contribution rates

The following table sets out plan member contribution rates that will apply to members of the public service pension plan who are employed or deemed to be employed in operational service and are entitled to special retirement benefits.

Figure 2: Contribution rates for operational service
On your salary… In 2017, you will contribute… In 2018, you will contribute… In 2019, you will contribute…
On earnings up to the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan 9.47% 9.83% 9.56%
On any earnings over the maximum covered by the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan 11.68% 12.13% 11.78%

The contribution rates will drop to 1% of salary for plan members who have reached the maximum of 35 years of pensionable service.

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

Your options at retirement for members with accumulated operational service

If all your pensionable service is actual operational service or a combination of actual and deemed operational service, you may choose either a regular pension benefit, as described in Pension Options , or a special pension benefit–also called an operational pension benefit–as described below.

Figure 3: Pension options for operational service
If you have accumulated at least the following years of service… And have reached age… You will be entitled to the following benefit…
Actual operational service only
25 years Any age An operational immediate annuity
20 years but less than 25 years Any age An operational annual allowance
A combination of actual and deemed operational service
25 years Age 50 An operational immediate annuity
25 years of actual operational service plus some deemed operational service Age 45 but less than age 50 An operational immediate annuity for your actual operational service and an operational annual allowance for your deemed operational service
20 years but less than 25 years of actual operational service, and some deemed operational service Age 45 but less than age 50 An operational annual allowance
20 years of operational service, including at least 10 years but less than 20 years of actual operational service, plus some deemed operational service Age 45 but less than age 50 An operational annual allowance

The operational immediate annuity is calculated as a regular immediate annuity, based on the Pension Formula: Lifetime Pension and Bridge Benefit.

The operational annual allowance is calculated according to a formula based on either your age upon ceasing operational service or your years of operational service.

If you have accumulated actual and deemed operational service, you can choose to receive a pension benefit as described above.

Examples of benefit entitlements


Figure 4: Benefit entitlements for operational services
You cease operational service at age… And terminate your employment in the Public Service with… You have the choice between the following benefits…
Age 46 25 years of actual operational service and 2 years of deemed operational service
  • An operational immediate annuity for your actual operational service and an operational annual allowance for your deemed operational service
  • An operational immediate annuity for your actual operational service and a regular benefit for your deemed operational service
  • A regular pension benefit
Age 48 21 years of actual operational service and 3 years of deemed operational service
  • An operational annual allowance
  • A regular pension benefit

Your options at retirement for members with accumulated operational and non-operational service

If you have accumulated a combination of operational and non-operational service, you may choose one of the following pension benefit options:

  • An operational pension benefit as described in this section for your operational service and a regular pension benefit for your non-operational service; or
  • A regular pension benefit for your operational and non-operational service.

Protection from inflation

If you choose an operational pension benefit as described in this section, this pension benefit is indexed when the sum of your age and number of years of operational service equals 85 as follows:

Figure 5: Protection from inflation depending on age and years of service
When you have reached And have completed the following years of service…
Age 55 30 years of service
Age 56 29 years of service
Age 57 28 years of service
Age 58 27 years of service
Age 59 26 years of service

Indexing is not payable before age 55 and cannot be delayed past age 60. It is payable immediately in the event of disability.

Indexing is based on the year you cease your operational service. Accumulated indexing is paid for the full month in which you reach the required age. All subsequent indexing is effective on January 1.

Example of when indexing is paid

Let’s say you retire at age 50 with 29 years of operational service. The sum of your age and pensionable operational service equals 79. Since indexing does not begin until the sum of your age and pensionable operational service equals 85, you will have to wait until age 56 (56 + 29 = 85) before indexing will be paid.

Again, let’s say you opt for an annual allowance at age 42 with 22 years of operational service. As the sum of your age and years of operational service will only equal 85 when you reach age 63 (63 + 22 = 85), indexing will start at age 60.

For more information on pension benefits related to operational service, refer to the Information Notice Amendments to the Public Service Superannuation Regulations dealing with early retirement provisions for Correctional Service Canada employees working in operational service or the Your Pension and Insurance Benefits - Guide for Operational Service (Correctional Service Canada). You can also consult the Government of Canada Pension Centre.

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