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December 17, 2004
SUBJECT: Canada Pension Plan (CPP)/Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) Contribution Rate, Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA) Indexation, PSSA Thresholds/Employer Rate, Pension Adjustment (PA) Calculations
1. PURPOSE
1.1. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the following information:
 the change in the CPP and QPP employee contribution rates and the average maximum pensionable earnings (AMPE) for 2005;
 the Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF) employee contribution rate for 2005;
 the rate of pension indexing for 2005;
 the Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA) salary thresholds for 2005;
 to provide examples of how to calculate the PA for 2004;
 the employer contribution rates for public service corporations.
1.2. In this text, use of the masculine is generic and applies to both men and women.
2. POLICY
2.1. CPP/QPP
Effective January 1, 2005, the CPP/QPP employee contribution rate will increase to 4.95%.
The 2005 changes related to CPP/QPP are:
MAXIMUM PENSIONABLE EARNINGS  $41,100.00 

BASIC EXEMPTION  $ 3,500.00 
MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTORY EARNINGS  $37,600.00 
MAXIMUM CONTRIBUTIONS  $ 1,861.20 
The 5year average maximum pensionable earnings (AMPE) for 2005 is $39,780.00. The AMPE is calculated based on the average of the yearly maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE) for the current year plus the four previous years. The annual CPP/QPP reduction in the benefit payable under the PSSA for individuals who retire in 2005 will be based on the lesser of the 5year average salary or the AMPE at the earlier of the termination date or the date the employee reaches age 65 and is in receipt of CPP or QPP retirement benefits or the date the employee becomes entitled to receive CPP/QPP disability benefits (refer to Section 472 of the Superannuation Administration Manual [SAM]).
2.2. PSPF Employee Contribution Rate
Effective January 1, 2005, the employee contribution rate is:
 4.0% on salaries up to the YMPE ($41,100.00);
 7.5% on salaries in excess of the YMPE ($41,100.00).
2.3. Pension Increase under the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Provision of the PSSA
Part III of the PSSA provides for annual pension increases depending on the cost of living index, for all pensions payable to former public servants or their survivors.
The pension increase authorized under Part III of the PSSA is 1.7% effective January 1, 2005.
2.4. Salary Threshold under the PSSA
For 2005, employees whose annual salary rate is in excess of $114,400.00 will contribute to the PSPF in respect of salaries below this limit and to the Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA) account in respect of those salaries above the limit.
2.5. Employer Contribution Rate
PSPF
Government
The contribution rates, effective January 1, 2005, are as follows:
For current contributions, single rate leave without pay (LWOP) and single rate past service, the employer's rate is 2.56 times the employee's single rate of contributions.
For double rate LWOP and double rate past service, the employer's rate is 0.75 times the employee's double rate of contributions.
Public Service (Crown) Corporations
The contribution rates, effective January 1, 2005, are as follows:
For current contributions, single rate LWOP and single rate past service, the employer's rate is 2.14 times the employee's single rate of contributions.
For double rate LWOP and double rate past service, the employer's rate is 0.56 times the employee's double rate of contributions.
Retirement Compensation Arrangements (RCA) Account
Government and Public Service (Crown) Corporations
The contribution rates, effective January 1, 2005, are as follows:
For current contributions, single rate LWOP and single rate past service, the employer's rate is 8.90 times the employee's single rate of contributions.
For double rate LWOP and double rate past service, the employer's rate is 3.95 times the employee's double rate of contributions.
Supplementary Death Benefit (SDB)
The employer's monthly contribution rate for SDB premiums continues to be $0.01 per $250.00 of the basic benefit of each employee.
2.6. PA Calculations
The following are the various maximums related to the PA for 2004 and 2005:
 The maximum PA for 2004 is $15,900.00.
 The maximum PA for 2005 is $17,400.00.
 The maximum registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) contribution for 2004, as specified in Bill C28 (2003 federal budget), is $16,500.00. Consequently, employees whose PA for 2004 is $16,500.00 or over could have no RRSP room in 2005.
 The 2004 YMPE is $40,500.00.
 The 2005 YMPE is $41,100.00
 The maximum salary used in the PA calculation for 2004 is $105,900.00.
 The maximum salary used in the PA calculation for 2005 is $114,400.00.
 The maximum benefit entitlement accrued for 2004 is $1,833.33. As per Bill C28, the maximum benefit entitlement accrued for 2005 is $2,000.00.
The PA calculation will be based on the benefit entitlement multiplied by the factor 9, less $600.00 prorated, if necessary, by the number of pensionable pay periods.
You will find in Appendix A of this bulletin examples of PA calculations for 2004 and a worksheet that has been developed as an aid to calculate the PA figure. Please note that in cases where rehabilitation leave and dual employment have occurred, adjustments are required prior to the calculation (refer to Section 2.6.4 of this bulletin).
2.6.1. Terminated Employees Who Receive a Lump Sum Benefit Payment
Until further notice, the form Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada (TPSGC) 2386 (Certification Notice  Pension Support System) must continue to be used to indicate PA figures from 1990 to the year of termination for terminated employees who received a lump sum benefit (i.e., transfer value or transfer of funds to another pension plan under a reciprocal transfer agreement [RTA] or a pension transfer agreement [PTA]). In cases where the employee received a return of contributions, the PA figures are to be reported on the form PWGSCTPSGC 2577, Request for Return of Superannuation Contributions. For additional information, refer to Superannuation Administration Manual Special Bulletin 199814 dated December 17, 1998.
2.6.2. LWOP
It is important that an employee proceeding on LWOP be informed of the effect of PA reporting when he elects not to count the LWOP as pensionable service.
Where the employee elects not to count a period of LWOP as pensionable before the end of a calendar year, the period of nonpensionable LWOP for that year will not be included in the PA calculation. The PA for any subsequent years will not be reported until the employee returns to duty and recommences accumulating pension credits.
When an election is made not to count a period of LWOP as pensionable, a PA reported for any calendar year previous to this period cannot be cancelled. This rule applies even if the employee terminated immediately following the LWOP and received a return of superannuation contributions.
Please refer to Compensation Directive 1995010 dated March 6, 1995, which provides additional details on situations where an employee opts not to count a period of LWOP as pensionable.
In cases where an employee terminates employment immediately following a LWOP period, it is important to remember that for pension purposes, the termination date is the day following the date on which the Superannuation, Pension Transition and Client Services Sector is notified in writing that the employee has ceased to be employed (refer to SAM Section 2.2.3). There are instances where the employee is terminated for pay purposes, but because the Superannuation, Pension Transition and Client Services Sector is not notified in time, the termination date is extended for pension purposes. In this case, when the additional pension contributions are calculated, the PA must also be amended to reflect the additional pensionable service.
2.6.3. Employees on LWOP to Serve as Fulltime Paid Officials of Bargaining Agents
In cases where a contributor, who is on LWOP to serve as a fulltime paid official of a bargaining agent (union), provides written confirmation that the union has reported a PA for the pensionable LWOP under the PSSA, that period must not be included in the PA reported by the former employer. This confirmation should be in the form of a letter from the union advising that the benefit accrual under the PSSA has been included in the PA reported by the union. Please refer to Superannuation Administration Manual Special Bulletin 199903 dated February 15, 1999, for additional details.
2.6.4. Clients serviced by the Regional Pay System (RPS)
It is the responsibility of departmental personnel to advise the pay office of the required information concerning specific situations such as dual employment (employee on pensionable LWOP and occupying a term position where he contributes to PSSA, for example relocation of spouse) and situations where the employee is on pensionable LWOP for educational leave. Please refer to Compensation Directive 1994012 dated March 23, 1994, for additional information.
In addition, any employee who was on rehabilitation leave with a pension type code 62 in Field 39 at any time during the calendar year, will not have a PA reported automatically for this period. In order to have a PA calculated for the rehabilitation leave period, departments must report to the pay office, by memorandum, the employee's number of pensionable pay periods and the amount of pensionable earnings for the period reflected under code 62 in the RPS. Please note that this period will be from the date on which the code 62 was input into the system and not from the effective date of the rehabilitation leave.
On receipt of the department's written notice for any employee on rehabilitation leave with pension type code 62 in Field 39, the pay office will credit Master Employee Record (MER) Element 734 by the amount of pensionable earnings and adjust MER Element 118 by the proper number of pensionable pay periods.
3. INQUIRIES
3.1. Any request for information regarding the content of this bulletin should be addressed to your PWGSC Compensation Services Office.
Original Signed by
R. Jolicoeur
R. Jolicoeur
Director General
Compensation Sector
Finance, Accounting, Banking and Compensation
Reference(s): CJA 900612, 900624
900778, 9007108
9207237
APPENDIX "A"
PENSION ADJUSTMENT CALCULATION FOR 2004
Example 1  Annual pensionable salary: $45,000.00
Step 1: Determine the annual benefit:
 (1.3% x $40,500.00) + (2.0% x [$45,000.00  $40,500.00])
 =$526.50 + $90.00
 =$616.50 (annual benefit entitlement)
Step 2: If the annual benefit entitlement is greater than $1,833.33,
 IMPOSE $1,833.33
(In this case, the benefit entitlement does not exceed $1,833.33.)
Step 3: Prorate the benefit entitlement by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $616.50 x 26/26 = $616.50
 Partial year $616.50 x 13/26 = $308.25
Step 4: Multiply the result of step 3 by a factor of 9.
 Full year $616.50 x 9 = $5,548.50
 Partial year $308.25 x 9 = $2,774.25
Step 5: Prorate $600.00 by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $600.00 x 26/26 = $600.00
 Partial year $600.00 x 13/26 = $300.00
Step 6: Subtract the result of step 5 from the result of step 4; this result, rounded to the nearest dollar, is the PA for 2004.
 Full year $5,548.50  $600.00 = $4,948.50
 Partial year $2,774.25  $300.00 = $2,474.25
Step 7: If the result is greater than $15,900.00,
 IMPOSE $15,900.00 (In this case, the result is less than $15,900.00.)

Example 2  Annual pensionable salary: $95,000.00
Step 1: Determine the annual benefit:
 (1.3% x $40,500.00) + (2.0% x [$95,000.00  $40,500.00])
 =$526.50 + $1,090.00
 =$1,616.50 (annual benefit entitlement)
Step 2: If the annual benefit entitlement is greater than $1,833.33,
 IMPOSE $1,833.33
(In this case, the benefit entitlement does not exceed $1,833.33.)
Step 3: Prorate the benefit entitlement by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $1,616.50 x 26/26 = $1,616.50
 Partial year $1,616.50 x 22/26 = $1,367.81
Step 4: Multiply the result of step 3 by a factor of 9.
 Full year $1,616.50 x 9 = $14,548.50
 Partial year $1,367.81 x 9 = $12,310.27
Step 5: Prorate $600.00 by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $600.00 x 26/26 = $600.00
 Partial year $600.00 x 22/26 = $507.69
Step 6: Subtract the result of step 5 from the result of step 4; this result, rounded to the nearest dollar, is the PA for 2004.
 Full year $14,548.50  $600.00 = $13,948.50
 Partial year $12,310.27  $507.69 = $11,802.58
Step 7: If the result is greater than $15,900.00,
 IMPOSE $15,900.00
(In this case, the result is less than $15,900.00.)
Example 3  Annual pensionable salary: $125,000.00
Step 1: Determine the annual benefit:
 (1.3% x $40,500.00) + (2.0% x [$105,900.00 ^{1}  $40,500.00])
 =$526.50 + $1,308.00
 =$1,834.50 (annual benefit entitlement)
Step 2: If the annual benefit entitlement is greater than $1,833.33,
 IMPOSE $1,833.33
(In this case, the benefit entitlement does exceed $1,833.33.)
Step 3: Prorate the benefit entitlement by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $1,833.33 x 26/26 = $1,833.33
 Partial year $1,833.33 x 13/26 = $916.67
 Partial year $1,833.33 x 22/26 = $1,551.28
Step 4: Multiply the result of step 3 by a factor of 9.
 Full year $1,833.33 x 9 = $16,499.97
 Partial year $916.67 x 9 = $8,250.03
 Partial year $1,551.28 x 9 = $13,961.52
Step 5: Prorate $600.00 by the number of pensionable pay periods.
 Full year $600.00 x 26/26 = $600.00
 Partial year $600.00 x 13/26 = $300.00
 Partial year $600.00 x 22/26 = $507.69
Step 6: Subtract the result of step 5 from the result of step 4; this result, rounded to the nearest dollar, is the PA for 2004.
 Full year $16,499.97  $600.00 = $15,899.97
 Partial year $8,250.03  $300.00 = $7,950.03
 Partial year $13,961.52  $507.69 = $13,453.83
Step 7: If the result is greater than $15,900.00,
 IMPOSE $15,900.00
(In this case, the result is less than $15,900.00.)
^{1} FOR THE 2004 TAXATION YEAR, THE MAXIMUM SALARY USED IN THE PA CALCULATION WILL BE $105,900.00.
PENSION ADJUSTMENT WORKSHEET
EMPLOYEE IDENTIFICATION
 Name:
 Personal Record Identifier (PRI):
 PA Calculation for (year):
INFORMATION REQUIRED TO CALCULATE THE PA
 Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) for this year $
 Pensionable earnings (element 734 ^{2}) $
 Number of pensionable pay periods (element 118 ^{2})
 Total number of pay periods in the year (biweekly)
 Annualized pensionable earnings: ( B ÷ C ) x D $
^{2} For clients serviced by the Regional Pay System
CALCULATION
Step 1: Annual benefit entitlement (maximum $1,833.33 for 2004 and $2,000.00 for 2005):
If E is equal to or lesser than the YMPE
0.013 x E
0.013 x ( ______ ) = $ _________
If E is greater than the YMPE
( 0.013 x YMPE ) + ( 0.02 x [E  YMPE] )
( 0.013 x ______ ) + ( 0.02 x [ ______  _____ ] ) = $ ______ ^{3}
^{3} For taxation year 2004, if greater than $1,833.33, impose $1,833.33
For taxation year 2005, if greater than $2,000.00, impose $2,000.00
Step 2: Benefit entitlement accrued:
(Annual benefit entitlement ÷ D) x C
( ___Step 1___ ÷ ___(D)_____) x ___(C)_____) = $__________
Step 3: Pension adjustment (maximum $15,900.00 for 2004 and $17,400.00 for 2005):
( 9 x benefit entitlement accrued )  ( $600.00 ÷ D x C )
(9 x ____Step 2___ )  ($600.00 ÷ ___(D)_____ x ___(C)_____)] = $ _______ ^{4}
^{4} For taxation year 2004, if greater than $15,900.00, impose $15,900.00
For taxation year 2005, if greater than $17,400.00, impose $17,400.00
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