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1 The Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) participates in transfer agreements with a number of public and private sector pension plans. Transfer agreements allow eligible members to move their pension credit from one participating plan to another. If you were a member of another registered pension plan in Canada, you should find out if you have the option to transfer your pension credits from your former pension plan. Moving this credit to the PSPP can increase the value of your pension. This is because: pensions are based on your average annual salary and pension credit. The more credit you have, the greater your pension, the extra credit you receive from the transfer may help you retire earlier with an unreduced pension, and your salary will likely increase over time. A higher average annual salary may make this credit more valuable. Do you qualify for a transfer? You can transfer your pension credit from your former pension plan (the former plan ), to the PSPP if: there s a transfer agreement between the PSPP and the former plan, you qualify and apply for a transfer within the time limits, and your pension credit is still in the former plan. Transfer agreements and time limits There are three types of transfer agreements: the Major Ontario Public Sector Pension Plan (MOPPS) and the National Public Service Pension Transfer Agreement (NPSPTA) multilateral agreements, and bilateral Reciprocal Transfer Agreements (RTA). See the following pages for details on the MOPPS, NPSPTA and RTA transfer agreements. Paying for a transfer To qualify for a transfer under MOPPS, NPSPTA or an RTA, you must not only meet the time limits your pension credit must still be in the former plan. You will not qualify for a transfer if you moved the commuted value of your pension to a locked-in retirement account or other retirement vehicle, or your contributions were refunded. If you proceed with the transfer, the former plan will move the value of your pension credit to the PSPP. To receive full pension credit you may have to make a `top up payment (this may occur if you have a higher salary or better benefits with the PSPP). You then receive extra pension credit in the PSPP to a maximum of your pension credit in the former plan. What if you can t transfer your pension credit under MOPPS, NPSPTA or an RTA? You may be able to purchase some or all of the pension credit. Please read Understanding your pension credit to learn about the requirements to purchase pension credit in the PSPP, or contact us for more information. The information in this memo is based on the terms of the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP). If there is any discrepancy between this memo and the PSPP, the terms of the PSPP will prevail. Page 1 of 5

2 Page 2 of 5 Reciprocal Transfer Agreement (RTA) An RTA is an agreement between the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) and another registered pension plan. To transfer from the former plan to the PSPP, we must have an RTA agreement with the former plan and, you must: terminate membership in the former plan and leave your pension credit in the former plan, start working for your PSPP employer within three months from the date you leave your former employer, and submit your Application to Transfer Pension Credit (OPB 1058) to us within 12 months from the date you join the PSPP. Change in employment can t exceed (# mos.) After joining new plan, must apply in (# mos.) Agreement Date Anglican Church of Canada 1 Anglican Church of Canada Pension Plan 3 12 Sep 11/75 Baptist Convention of Ont. & PQ 1 Baptist Convention of Ont. and Quebec Pension Plan 3 12 Jun 27/83 Canadian Broadcasting Corp. CBC Pension Plan 3 12 Jul 15/82 Carleton University Carleton University Retirement Plan 3 12 Mar 26/80 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cda 1 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada Pension Plan 3 12 May 10/77 Federal Government (Canada) Public Service Superannuation Plan (PSSP) (Former agreement applies to members who signed Appendix A or B before October 15, 2000.) N/A 12 Jul 2/01 Government of the Province of Saskatchewan CSSP (defined benefit plan only) As of Jan 1, 1978, can only transfer from CSSP into PSPP 3 12 Sep 7/76 Hospital for Sick Children Hospital for Sick Children Employees Pension Plan 3 12 May 29/81 Ont. Educational Comm. Authority Ont. Educ l Communications Auth. Pension Plan 3 12 Aug 9/78 Ontario Energy Corporation 2 Ontario Energy Corp. Employee Retirement Plan 3 12 Aug 18/83 Ont. Institute for Studies in Education OISE Pension Plan 3 12 Feb 24/81 Saskatchewan Power Corp. Power Corporation Superannuation Plan 3 12 Sep 30/76 United Church of Canada 1 United Church of Canada Pension Plan 3 12 Nov 28/75 University of Toronto University of Toronto Pension Plan 3 12 Mar 26/74 University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario Pension Plan for staff, academic staff, and designated employees 3 12 Jul 11/86 Urban Transport n Dev. Corp. Ltd. 2 UTDC Employee Pension Plan 3 12 Nov 18/85 1 Transfer rights apply only to Chaplains employed in the Ontario Public Service. 2 Corporation no longer employs staff. Ontario Pension Board 200 King St. West, Suite 2200, Toronto ON M5H 3X6 OPB

3 Page 3 of 5 Cancelled/Suspended Reciprocal Transfer Agreements with the PSPP AGREEMENT TERMINATION DATE CURRENT STATUS VIA Rail Canada Inc. VIA Rail Canada Employee Pension Plan October 21, 2009 Terminated Queen s University Revised Pension Plan of Queen s University January 12, 2009 Terminated Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. Pension Plan Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. (Cancelled March 1, 2007 but will allow transfers for eligible members who submitted their application before March 1, 2007.) University of Guelph Pension Plan March 1, 2007 Terminated University of Guelph (Agreement has been terminated. Will allow transfers for eligible members who are hired by the new employer before Oct. 31, 2005.) October 31, 2005 Terminated

4 Page 4 of 5 MAJOR ONTARIO S (MOPPS) PENSION PORTABILITY AGREEMENT The MOPPS Agreement recognizes that employees often move between the larger Ontario public sector employers throughout their careers. Under this agreement, transfers can be accepted between any of the participating plans. For example, a former Hydro One employee may be able to transfer credit into OMERS and then (or vice versa). Regardless of which pension plan you re moving to, the rules and time limits are the same. To qualify, you must: terminate membership in the former plan and leave your pension credit in the former plan, start working for your PSPP employer within 18 months from the date you leave your former employer, join the PSPP within six months from the date you become eligible to do so, and we must receive your Application to Transfer Pension Credit (OPB 1058) and Appendix A within six months from the date you join the PSPP. Once we receive your application, we ll send you an Appendix A to complete and return to us. We ll send a copy of the completed Appendix A to your former plan to request the information needed to determine the cost of your transfer. When we determine the cost of your transfer, we ll send you a cost quote (Appendix B - Request for Transfer). You can then decide if you want to transfer your pension credit. Participating Plans Board of Trustees of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Board of Trustees of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Pension Trust Electrical Safety Authority* Hydro One* Independent Electricity Market Operator* Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board Ontario Pension Board Ontario Power Generation* Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board Providence Centre Ryerson University St. Joseph s Health Centre St. Michael s Hospital Workplace Safety and Insurance Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan OPSEU Pension Plan Electrical Safety Authority Pension Plan Hydro One Pension Plan Independent Electricity Market Operator Pension Plan Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Public Service Pension Plan Ontario Power Generation Pension Plan Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Providence Centre Pension Plan Ryerson Retirement Pension Plan St. Joseph s Health Centre Pension Plan St. Michael s Hospital Pension Plan Workplace Safety & Insurance Employees Pension Plan * Ontario Hydro split into four successor employers.

5 Page 5 of 5 NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE PENSION TRANSFER AGREEMENT (NPSPTA) The NPSPTA is a transfer agreement that includes most of the other provincial pension plan administrators from across Canada. It enables pensionable service to be transferred from one pension plan to another. OPB became a participant of the agreement, effective December 19, To qualify, you must terminate your membership in the former plan and leave your pension credit in the former plan. We must receive an Appendix A within 12 months of you joining the PSPP or December 19, 2009, whichever is later. Once we receive your Appendix A, we will send a copy to the former plan to request the information needed to determine the cost of your transfer. When we determine the cost of your transfer, we will send you a cost quote (Appendix B Request for Transfer). You can then decide if you want to transfer your pension credit. Participants PARTICIPATING AUTHORITY Province of Nova Scotia Province of New Brunswick Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Province of Prince Edward Island Province of Quebec Province of Manitoba British Columbia College Pension Board of Trustees British Columbia Municipal Pension Board of Trustees British Columbia Public Service Pension Board of Trustees British Columbia Teachers Pension Board of Trustees OPSEU Pension Trust Ontario Pension Board Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia NAME OF REGISTERED Public Service Superannuation Plan Public Service Superannuation Plan Public Service Pension Plan Civil Service Superannuation Plan La Commission administrative des régimes de retraite et d assurances The Civil Service Superannuation Fund British Columbia College Pension Plan British Columbia Municipal Pension Plan British Columbia Public Service Pension Plan British Columbia Teachers Pension Plan Public Service Pension Plan (Alberta) Local Authorities Pension Plan (Alberta) Management Employees Pension Plan (Alberta) OPSEU Pension Plan Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia Superannuation Plan Please note that transfers between the OPSEU Pension Plan and the PSPP will not take place under the NPSPTA, but under the transfer provisions between the two plans as established in their respective plan texts.

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