Pension Basics

We encourage you to understand your benefits, rights, and obligations under The Winnipeg Civic Employees" Benefits Program.

This overview introduces the basics of Pension Plan membership and benefits. Our Member Handbook is also an excellent resource for more detailed information.

The following definitions are provided to help you understand the factors used to calculate your pension.

Credited Service— This is the period of time that you have contributed to the Pension Plan. Your Credited Service may include past service you purchased or transferred into the Pension Plan from another pension plan (i.e., a Reciprocal Transfer).

Eligibility Service—This is the period of time that you have been employed and may include service prior to you becoming a member of the Pension Plan. This service is used to determine when you are eligible to retire.

Best Five-Year Average—This is the average of your best five years of pensionable earnings during your final ten years of employment. (If you have fewer than five years of eligibility service at retirement, the average will be based on your full period of this service.) Your average pensionable earnings do not include any overtime pay; however, some pay adjustments  are considered pensionable (for example, acting pay, night-shift premium and long service pay).

CPP Earnings—The Canadian government sets the YMPE (Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings) annually—you are required to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) on your earnings up to the YMPE. For the purpose of your pension calculation, your CPP Earnings are the lesser of your pensionable earnings and the YMPE. CPP earnings are used in the pension formula because the Pension Plan is designed to work together with CPP to provide pension benefits when you retire.


What is Commuted Value?

Commuted value is a dollar value that is placed on your pension. In simple terms, it is the amount of money the Pension Plan would have to set aside today to pay your pension at retirement (based on your age and the pension credit you have earned to date, and using a calculation method approved by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries).

Retirement Dates

Your age and your Eligibility Service are used to determine when you are eligible for a pension, and to calculate any early retirement reduction.

Normal Retirement Date—The Normal Retirement Date under the Pension Plan is the last day of the pay period in which you turn age 65.

Unreduced Early Retirement Date—Alternatively, you may elect to retire on the last day of the pay period in which you turn age 60, or age 55 with Rule of 80, without penalty.

Reduced Early Retirement Date—You qualify for early retirement when you are age 55, or when you are at least age 50 and have attained Rule of 80, or if you joined the Plan before September 1, 2011 and you have at least 30 years of eligibility service. Your pension will be subject to an early retirement reduction.

Rule of 80—You have attained Rule of 80 when your age plus Eligibility Service total at least 80.