The estimator has been updated to reflect plan changes announced April 1, 2018, for estimates with a pension effective date of October 1, 2019, onward.

Use the personalized purchase cost estimator

Use the personalized purchase cost estimator to find out what the cost of buying service might be.


Get an estimate of the cost to buy service

  1. Select the type of purchase you wish to make
  2. Enter the period of time you're applying to purchase
  3. Enter the amount of service you're applying to purchase

Next steps

If you decide you want to buy service, you can use the estimator to connect directly to the Purchase of service application form. You will need to verify the information, print and sign the form, and submit it to your current employer.

Another way to get an estimate of the cost to buy service

Submit a form to purchase service.


Eligibility

You can sign in to My Account and use the personalized purchase cost estimator to estimate the cost of buying service if:

  • You are an active plan member
  • The leave you want to buy service for was with an employer participating in BC's Public Service Pension Plan
  • You meet the deadlines to buy service
 

In some situations, you cannot use the personalized purchase cost estimator. You will need to talk to your employer to submit a Purchase of service application form on your behalf if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • You have a former spouse who is entitled to a share of your pension
  • You have transferred service from another pension plan and:
    • the transferred time period is within the past five years
    • you are planning to retire or terminate employment within five years
  • You are working in a position where you do not make monthly pension contributions to the plan (e.g., seasonal or part-time employment)
  • You want to buy arrears
  • You are currently on a leave of absence and would like to buy service for that leave
  • You want to buy service for a pregnancy, prenatal or compassionate care leave and you were not working full time before the leave
  • You are currently on long-term disability
  • On or after June 24, 2014, you worked in both the public safety employment group (which includes correctional employees and certain BC Ambulance Service paramedics who are members of CUPE local 873) and the general public service (non-public safety) employment group
  • You terminated employment before June 24, 2014, and rejoined the plan on or after June 24, 2014, in a different employment group (public safety or general public service) as defined above