Please note: effective March 1, 2019, some public sector pension plans will be governed under the Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA). Learn more about joint governance of public sector pension plans.
- Superintendent's List of Financial Institutions offering Locked-in Pension Products (April 1, 2019)
- The following documents have been updated to reflect the 2019 YMPE (Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings) of $57,400, and Financial Hardship Unlocking program updates (effective January 1, 2019):
- Interest Rate Tables
- Accessing Pension Funds
- General program and process
- Reasons to unlock
- Application to Unlock Alberta Funds Due to Financial Hardship (Form 23) (fillable version) (PDF, 236 KB) - effective January 1, 2019
Note: if you have trouble opening this form, you may use the non-fillable version (PDF, 151 KB), which you may print and complete by hand.
- New governance proposed for pension plans (November 20, 2018)
- New legislation would give employees and employers control of their pensions. The Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act proposes a joint governance structure for 3 of Alberta’s largest pension plans – the Local Authorities Pension Plan, the Public Service Pension Plan and the Special Forces Pension Plan. Read the news release and see related information.
- EPPA Update 18-06: Filing Fee for Pension Plans effective October 1, 2018 (PDF, 190 KB) (September 11, 2018)
- Superintendent of Pensions 2017 Report (PDF, 1.4 MB) (August 20, 2018)
- EPPA Update 18-05: Alberta Employment Pension Tribunal (PDF, 245 KB) (July 3, 2018)
Types of pensions in Alberta
There are several types of pensions for people in the province of Alberta. Most pension plans fall into one of 4 categories:
Private sector employment pensions
Private sector employment pensions are pension plans established by private sector employers (or groups of employers or unions) for their employees. For more information, see Pension plans registered under the Employment Pension Plans Act.
Public sector employment pensions
Public sector employment pensions are pension plans for employees working in the public sector, (provincial and municipal public service, health and education).
- Members of public sector pension plans: visit the Alberta Pensions Services Corporation website.
- Members of the Teachers’ Pension Plan or Private School Teachers’ Plan: visit the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board website.
Retirement income programs administered by the federal government for Canadians
Further information on the following programs is available from the federal government. The provinces are joint stewards of the Canada Pension Plan along with the federal government, and help establish policy for the Canada Pension Plan.
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
- Old Age Security (OAS)
- Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
Alberta Seniors Benefits Program
This program provides support in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Federal Allowance and the GST credit. It is based on income and provides monthly benefits to eligible seniors. For details, see Alberta Seniors Benefit Program.
For information on other benefits and programs, see: Quick Facts - Programs and Services for Seniors.
Federally regulated pension plans
Please note that pension plans established by companies in federally regulated industries (such as banks, airlines, and telecommunications companies) are governed by the federal pension standards legislation, the Pension Benefits Standards Act, (1985) (Canada).
The federal government's Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is the primary regulator and supervisor of federally regulated private sector pension plans. The federal government also manages the pension plans for federal public service employees.
Accessing pension funds
For information on accessing pension funds, see Information for individuals - Unlocking pension funds.
Private sector plans (current and former members)
- Federal - Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)
- British Columbia Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM)
- Manitoba Pension Commission
- New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission
- Newfoundland and Labrador Pensions Division
- Nova Scotia Office of the Superintendent of Pensions
- Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)
- Retrait Québec
- Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
Alberta public sector pension plans
- Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
- Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS)
- Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board (ATRF)
- Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP)
- Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP)
- Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP)
- Special Forces Pension Plan (SFPP)
Government of Canada pension related sites
- Bank of Canada
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
- Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
- Old Age Security Program (OAS)
- Statistics Canada
Other pension related sites
- Association of Canadian Pension Management
- Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA)
- Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA)
- Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
- Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
- Canadian Securities Administrators
- Financial Services Ombudsnetwork
- Money Mentors (Credit Counselling Services of Alberta Ltd.)
- Rotman International Centre for Pension Management
Disclaimer: Links to other websites are provided solely for your convenience. The Government of Alberta does not control, endorse, or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy and timeliness of other websites, and is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. Read our complete disclaimer.
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Pension plans registered under the Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA)
To connect with the Office of the Alberta Superintendent of Pensions:
Alberta Superintendent of Pensions
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Financial Sector Regulation and Policy
402 Terrace Building
9515 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2C3
Public sector pensions
Contact the following for information on:
Alberta public sector employee pensions: Alberta Pensions Services Corporation
Alberta Teachers’ Pension Plans: Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board
Federal pension plans: Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security