Public sector pension plan joint governance
Effective March 1, 2019, some public sector pension plans transitioned to a joint governance structure. Under joint governance, employee and employer groups share control of plan design and responsibility for the financial health of the plan.
Learn more about joint governance of public sector pension plans.
Alberta Superintendent of Pensions Interpretive Guidelines explain the provisions of the Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA) and Regulation as they relate to different topics. The consultation process is as follows:
- When new guidelines are developed, they are posted on this page in draft form for a 60-day consultation period. Each new posting is accompanied by a notice via email to our E-Update subscribers.
- Comments should be submitted via email by the deadline indicated, to: email@example.com, using the Subject Line “Interpretive Guidelines Consultation".
- All submissions received by the end of the consultation period will be reviewed, and any changes and clarifications that are necessary will be made.
- A final version of each guideline will be posted on this page.
We encourage all of our stakeholders to take the opportunity to review these guidelines and provide comments within the 60-day period provided. In order to receive these E-Updates, please subscribe to our E-Update service.
Final Interpretive Guidelines
- IG-01 - The Plan Administrator (PDF, 136 KB) (revised July 29, 2016)
- IG-02 - Defined Contribution Provisions (PDF, 74 KB) (revised November 16, 2015)
- IG-03 - Defined Benefit Provisions (PDF, 82 KB) (January 13, 2015)
- IG-04 - Unlocking of Pension Benefits (PDF, 70 KB) (January 14, 2015)
- IG-06 - Registration and Amendment of a Pension Plan (PDF, 144 KB) (March 23, 2015)
- IG-07 - Solvency Reserve Account (PDF, 52 KB) (March 23, 2015)
- IG-08 - Jointly Sponsored Plans (PDF, 101 KB) (June 11, 2015)
- IG-09 - Collectively Bargained Multi-Employer Plans (PDF, 97 KB) (June 11, 2015)
- IG-10 - Non-Collectively Bargained Multi-Employer Plans (PDF, 118 KB) (June 15, 2016)
- IG-11 - Cessation of Benefit Accrual (PDF, 96 KB) (November 30, 2015)
- IG-13 - Plan Text Document (PDF, 110 KB) (December 23, 2015)
- IG-14 - Missing Members (PDF, 64 KB) (revised June 15, 2016)
- IG-15 - Disclosure to Members and those entitled to Benefits under a Pension Plan (PDF, 69 KB) (June 23, 2016)
- IG-16 - Records Management (PDF, 67 KB) (June 15, 2016)
- IG-17 - Locked-In Retirement Accounts (LIRAs) (PDF, 86 KB) (June 15, 2016)
- IG-18 - Life Income Funds (LIFs) (PDF, 147 KB) (June 15, 2016)
- IG-20 - Use of Actuarial Excess and Surplus (PDF, 67 KB) (June 15, 2016)
Draft Interpretive Guidelines in consultation
May 3, 2018 release
Comments regarding the following draft Interpretive Guideline were due by August 3, 2018.
- IG-21 - Life Income Type Benefit (LITB) (PDF, 734 KB)
March 28, 2017 release
Comments regarding the following draft Interpretive Guideline were due by June 30, 2017.
- IG-12 - Governance, Investment and Funding Policies and Plan Assessments (PDF, 135 KB) (revised March 28, 2017)
March 1, 2017 release
Comments regarding the following draft Interpretive Guideline were due by June 1, 2017.
October 22, 2015 release
Comments regarding the following draft Interpretive Guideline were due by December 22, 2015.
- IG-19 - Successor Situations (PDF, 100 KB)
Interest rate tables
Interest rates and prescribed amounts
See Interest Rate Tables and Prescribed Amounts. This document contains:
- Life Income Fund (LIF) Interest Rate and Withdrawal Calculations as per CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System)
- Table A: LIF Minimum and Maximum Withdrawal Rates
- Table B: Employment Pension Plans Act and Regulation - Prescribed Amounts (on or after January 1, 2015)
- Table C: Interest Rates Applied to Employee Contributions of Defined Benefit Pension Plans, as per section 73(2) of the Alberta Employment Pension Plans Regulation
The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) is a national association of pension regulators, whose mission is to facilitate an efficient and effective pension regulatory system in Canada. It develops practical solutions to further the coordination and harmonization of pension regulation across Canada.
CAPSA Guidelines are intended to support the continuous development and improvement of industry practices. Canadian pension regulators generally expect that registered pension plans will operate in accordance with CAPSA guidelines. However, individual pension regulators may communicate their own specific expectations and registered pension plans in those jurisdictions should operate accordingly.
For more information about CAPSA, including current initiatives, please visit their website.
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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