Guide for new members

Welcome to BC's Public Service Pension Plan. As a plan member, you are eligible for a lifetime monthly pension when you retire.

When can I retire?

For most employees participating in the plan, the normal retirement age is 65 and the earliest retirement age is 55.

For ambulance paramedics in CUPE Local 873, the normal retirement age is 65, and for certain ambulance paramedics the earliest retirement age is 50.

For correctional members, the normal retirement age is 60 and earliest retirement age is 50.

The age at which you retire can affect your pension. For example, your pension may be reduced if you retire early and do not meet the criteria for an unreduced pension [A pension (and bridge benefit, if applicable) with no reductions included in the pension formula.]

According to the Income Tax Act, you must begin to receive your pension no later than the end of the year in which you turn 71. This is the age you must begin to receive your pension, even if you are still working.