Do you have a Pension Plan?

in Retirement Savings, Stats Canada

Stats Canada puts out tons of information, but I always find interesting spins on some of the stuff (no I am not going to comment on Frozen Chicken Futures). Today they published the value of Employer Pension Plans in Canada. This is the value of employee pension plans that are being administered by their employers. Evidently they lost value last quarter but have since rebounded.

What is more interesting to me is the following interesting statement:

About 4.6 million Canadian workers are members of trusteed plans. Of these, 2.5 million are public sector workers in municipal, provincial, and federal governments and enterprises, crown corporations, government boards, commissions and agencies, and public educational and health institutions. Private sector workers make up the remaining 2.1 million.

Five Dollars

Five Dollars Ain’t Much

So over 4 million Canadians are in a Pension Plan of some kind, I think that is a pretty good thing. Remember a pension means you have income other than the Canada Pension Plan, and you can use your RRSP moneys as savings, if you can live on your Pension.

Currently I am in a very good pension plan, that is unfortunately about to be capped for me. I understand the reasons why my employer is doing this, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it either. It seems more private companies are figuring out just how much of a burden that a Pension Plan can be (not just administering it either, but also having to keep moneys in it).

If you have a pension, good for you, if you don’t better make sure your RRSP’s are getting their maximum, because you are going to be able to live on your CPP benefits.


  • Big Cajun Man March 16, 2007, 5:24 AM

    Didn’t I see you on an Ad for an insurance company touting “Freedom 55”? 🙂

    Good on you for planning well, you are in the minority!


  • Canadian Money March 15, 2007, 8:01 PM

    I’m actually doing what George suggested. I retired early with a good government pension at age 55 several years ago. My pension covers all of our basic, pre-retirement expenses.

    Our savings, most in RRSP accounts, have paid for retirement extras such as moving from Manitoba to Vancouver Island and for the purchase and operation of our sailboat. I plan to start taking CPP at age 60.

    Having the extra money saved over and above my pension made it possible to take early retirement.

  • George March 15, 2007, 7:10 AM

    It’s actually not a bad idea to contribute to a RRSP even if you have a good pension plan. The funds can be used as an “early retirement” fund, to provide income in the years after retirement but before CPP and your pension kick in.

    Because of the pension adjustment, the amount you are allowed to put into an RRSP is lower than people without a pension plan.

  • Big Cajun Man March 15, 2007, 7:46 AM

    Absolutely I did not mean to imply that if you have a pension you are set for life, more that if you DON’T have ANY pension, you had better start saving NOW for your retirement. RRSP contribution is important whether you have a pension or not.



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