Leaving your job
Leaving a job with an employer participating in the plan? Find out what you can do with your plan contributions.
Defer your pension until you retire
If you leave your job before your earliest retirement age, you can keep your pension benefit on deposit in the plan. This is called a deferred pension.
If you think you may work again for an employer participating in the plan, you may consider leaving your pension benefit on deposit in the plan. When you return to work with an employer participating in the plan, you may be able to re-enrol in the plan and start contributing again. This will increase your pensionable service, which could lead to a larger pension.
Even if you don’t intend to return to work for an employer participating in the plan, you can leave your pension benefit on deposit in the plan. A pension is a significant financial asset that will provide you with a lifetime monthly income when you retire. It may also provide your spouse with an income if you die before them, depending on the pension option you choose.
Your deferred pension may receive inflation adjustments and give you access to group extended health care and dental coverage. Although these benefits are not guaranteed, you may be able to take advantage of them when you eventually apply for your deferred pension.
Finally, you also benefit by having your pension contributions pooled with other plan member contributions and invested by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI). BCI is one of the largest institutional investors in Canada and provides the plan with investment opportunities and expertise that would be difficult for an individual investor to access.
After you reach your earliest retirement age and before the end of the year you turn 71 (the age when you have to start receiving your pension), you may apply to receive a monthly pension that will continue for your lifetime.