Plan History

The Public Service Management Pension Plan was established in 1972 to provide pension benefits for management employees of the Alberta government and approved agencies, boards and commissions.

Effective retroactive to August 1, 1992, new legislation came into effect that divided the Public Service Management Pension Plan into two separate plans:

Members who had terminated from the Public Service Management Pension Plan or commenced to receive a pension before August 1, 1992, as well as those who had 35 years of pensionable service by that date, automatically became members of the Closed Plan.

Members who remained active on August 1, 1992, became members of MEPP. Members of the Closed Plan who again become management employees of the Alberta government or an approved agency, board, or commission, are enrolled in and receive their pension benefit for their new period of employment from MEPP. This means these members will have separate accounts under PSM(CM)PP and MEPP and will receive separate pension benefits from each plan based on the pensionable service in that plan.

Funding for the Closed Plan is the responsibility of the Government of Alberta.

Your Pension Profile

As a member, pensioner or pension partner receiving a benefit from PSM(CM)PP, you have access to a secure, online portal for managing your pension information. Find out more about Your Pension Profile.

Updating Your Contact Information

Your contact information is used to send you your pension payments, annual statement, tax slips and other pension information. To make sure you continue to receive all information related to your pension, please update your contact information using Your Pension Profile or contact us.

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If you do not receive your pension payment, please contact us.

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Receiving Your Pension Payment

When you retire, your pension payment is made to you either by direct deposit or by mail.

Direct Deposit

If your pension payment is made by direct deposit, keep APS up to date with your banking information as well as your address. The advantages of direct deposit are that postal disruptions will not affect your payment and there is no risk of theft.

Direct deposit is only available through financial institutions in Canada. If you are not yet on direct deposit, you can sign up by completing the Direct Deposit form and submitting it through Secure Messages. To access Secure Messages you need to log in to Your Pension Profile at the top right.

Payment by Mail

If you receive your pension payment by mail, make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date using Your Pension Profile or by contacting us. In the event of a postal disruption, contact the Member Services Centre to find out how payments will be made.

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

Pensions payable by the Plan are increased each year on January 1 by an amount equal to 60% of the increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index. The increase is based on the increase during the twelve-month period ending on October 31 in the previous year. COLA is prorated for pensions that became payable between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.

The COLA for 2021 is 0.78 per cent on base pension.

Annual Statement

All pensioners receive a Pensioner Annual Statement. The annual statement includes your COLA amount, monthly pension amount(s), and additional relevant pension information. If you are a pensioner in more than one plan administered by APS, you will receive a statement for each plan.

Tax Slips

Taxes are deducted from your monthly pension payment, similar to those deductions made from earnings when you were working. Income tax deductions are based on the personal tax information you have reported to PSM(CM)PP. APS mails tax slips before the end of February each year. For more information and to access your tax slip(s), please log in.

Notification of Death

In the event of your death, the Plan must be notified of your passing. Please ensure that your family or the executor of your estate is aware that it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

Initial notification may be made by telephone, fax or letter. A copy of either the death certificate or Funeral Director’s certificate will be required for our records.

If you chose a joint lifetime pension option, APS must be notified immediately if either you or your pension partner dies. If APS is notified too late to stop or change payments, there may be overpayments that have to be paid back to the Plan.

Payments after Death

After your death, the amount of pension payments made, if any, will depend on the type of pension option you chose at retirement. It will be helpful to your family or the executor of your estate if you keep a copy of the completed Retirement Benefit Statement (previously referred to as the Member’s Pension Choice form) with your records. That way they will be aware of what happens to the pension benefit after your death.

The Explanation of Benefits included in the Retirement Benefit Statement, explains the pension options in detail and includes information about the survivor benefit features of each option.

Working as a Pensioner

If you return to work with a Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) or MEPP employer after you being to collect a PSM(CM)PP pension, please let your employer know that you are currently receiving a PSM(CM)PP pension and cannot participate in either plan.

Pension Coordination

If you chose Pension Coordination when you made your pension choice, keep in mind:

  • If you chose the Joint Lifetime with Reduced Survivor Benefit pension option with coordination, your pension will be reduced when you turn age 65. This reduced pension will be paid for as long as you live. When you die, if you have an eligible pension partner, your pension will continue to be paid to your pension partner as if you had not chosen to coordinate your pension when you retired. This means that if you die before you attain age 65, your pension partner will not receive the coordination increase and if you die after you attain age 65, your pension partner will not receive the coordination reduction.

  • For all single lifetime pension options your pension will be reduced when you turn age 65. The reduction to your pension will remain for as long as the pension is paid.

Federal Pensions

To receive Old Age Security (OAS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits, you must apply to the federal government. These benefits are normally paid from age 65; however, you can choose to receive a reduced CPP benefit at age 60 or, alternatively, you can defer CPP payments as long as you begin to draw your CPP by age 70.

For more information on federal benefits, check your local directory under Government of Canada.

 

Pension benefit administration services for your Plan are provided by Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS). For more information about APS, visit APSC.ca.

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