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1 1 Winter 2014 Building Blocks – York’s Pension Plan

2 2 Purpose of this Seminar Pension plan contributions Minimum Guarantee Pension (MGP) Money Purchase Component (MPC) MGP vs. MPC – how they fit together

3 3 Pension Plan Contributions January % up to the YMPE and 6.00% above the YMPE; March 1, % up to the YMPE and 6.63% above the YMPE; September 1, 2014 – 5.40% up to the YMPE and 7.26% above the YMPE; March 1, 2015 – 5.85% up to the YMPE and 7.89% above the YMPE; September 1, 2015 – 6.30% up to the YMPE and 8.52% above the YMPE; March 1, 2016 – 6.75% up to the YMPE and 9.15% above the YMPE

4 4 Pension Contributions Pension contributions are deducted from your pay before income tax. As a result of the increased pension contributions the amount of income taxes being deducted will be reduced. The net affect to your pay will be determined by your salary rate and TD1 Personal Tax Credits. The increase in employee and employer pension contributions will increase the money purchase funds.

5 5 YMPE (Years Maximum Pensionable Earnings) The dollar amount set each year by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) which determines the maximum amount on which to base contributions to the Canada Pension Plan. The YMPE specifies the earnings amount that can be used in calculating pension contributions for each year. The 2014 figure is $52,500. The YMPE changes each year and CRA normally announces the new figure in November.

6 6 Non Reduction Reserve - Retirements before January 1, 2015 When you first retire, the actuarial factors used to calculate the money purchase pension assume the Pension Fund will earn 6% annually throughout your retirement. Your retirement pension may be adjusted at the beginning of each calendar year if the moving four- year average fund rate of return is in excess of 6% at that time. In the event the moving four-year average fund rate of return is below 6%, no reduction will be made to your pension; however, this deficit will be tracked and future adjustments (positive or negative) will be applied to the reduced amount. You won’t receive any further increments until the deficit is paid up.

7 7 Non Reduction Reserve – retirements January 1, 2015 onward The moving four-year average fund rate of return will be lengthened to a moving five-year average fund rate of return with the fund rate of return equal to 6.0% for the Plan years in the five-year average up to and including the Plan Year in which the date of pension commencement occurs.

8 8 Pensioner increment - example YearCurrent calculationNew calculation %6.0000% %6.0000% %6.0000% %6.0000% %6.0000% This is for illustrative purposes only. Actual results will vary. The volatility of the pensioner adjustment is reduced with the change Pensioner IncrementOldNew %0.0000% % % %0.7900%

9 9 Minimum Guarantee Pension (MGP) 1.4% of your final average earnings at retirement up to the average YMPE for those years plus 1.9% of your final average earnings at retirement above the average YMPE for those years multiplied by Your credited service in the pension plan

10 10 Final Average Earnings (FAE) Your FAE is the five highest years of earnings prior to retirement. They do not have to be consecutive. We work backwards in twelve month periods.

11 11 FAE example (May 1, 2014 retirement) 12 month periodAnnual EarningsAverage Annual YMPE 04/30/2014 – 05/31/2013$48, *$50, ** 04/30/2013 – 05/31/2012$47, *$48, ** 04/30/2012 – 05/31/2011$50, *$47, ** 04/30/2011 – 05/31/2010$48, *$46, ** 04/30/2010 – 05/31/2009$44,990.28$45, /30/2009 – 05/31/2008$48, *$44, ** 04/30/2008 – 05/31/2007$42,844.77$42, Final Average Earnings * added together / 5 $48, Final Average YMPE ** added together / 5 $47,453.33

12 12 Credited Service There is a difference between credited service and continuous service: Credited Service – The total number of years of pension plan membership. You can not earn service if contributions by you or the University are not maintained at the full rate for each month in the calendar year. Continuous Service – Your unbroken service with the University including vacation, authorized sick leave, and authorized leaves of absence.

13 13 MGP and early retirement If you elect to retire prior to your normal retirement date there is a reduction in the pension amount. A reduction of 3% per year or part year for retirement between age 60 and 65 and a further reduction of 6% per year for each year or part year for retirement between age 55 and 60

14 14 Money Purchase Component (MPC) The mandatory contributions made by the employee along with the matching employer contributions and any accumulated rate of return are used to determine the MPC of your pension The MPC is affected by: amount of funds as per the above, age at retirement, marital status at retirement, if married, the age of your spouse at retirement, Annuity/mortality table being used.

15 15 Money Purchase Marital status and the age of your spouse can have a significant impact to the money purchase pension. For example: NRD July 2041 (joint & survivor 50% with no guarantee) Spouse 2 years younger: $996 per month Spouse 5 years younger: $985 per month Spouse 10 years younger: $968 per month Spouse 20 years younger: $941 per month

16 16 Annuity/mortality table The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) has a number of actuarial tables. The mortality experience of the plan helps determine which table is used in the calculation of a money purchase pension. York uses a customized table based on 70% of mortality rates in the standard 1994 Group Annuity Mortality table (GAM 1994) plus a projection scale AA with mortality improvements limited to 1% per annum starting in In August 2013 the CIA published a draft report which includes proposed mortality tables. The information is being reviewed by the Plan actuary.

17 17 MGP vs. MPC – How they fit together Each time the system produces a pension estimate it actually runs three calculations at the same time: 1.Money Purchase Component Pension 2.Minimum Guarantee Pension 3.Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a maximum pension permitted under the MGP portion of the pension plan You receive the higher of one or two. If your pension is based on the Minimum Guarantee Pension then we have to ensure it is not greater than the CRA maximum.

18 18 CRA Maximums While the CRA removed the 35 year maximum in their calculation the York University Pension Plan text includes a 35 year maximum. The 2014 maximum is $2, for each year of service up to the 35 year maximum. For example: $2, X 35 = $96, per year or $8, per month. The CRA maximum typically applies to employees with a final average earnings greater than approximately $155,000

19 19 Pension example Normal retirement date:July 1, 2013 Retirement date:July 1, 2013 Marital status:married – spouse 14 years younger Credited service: years Money Purchase account balance at July 1, 2013 Your contributions$199,674 University contributions$202,880 Total$402,554 Benefits from York University Pension Plan Money Purchase Component$2,389 Minimum Guarantee$2,926 Supplementary Pension$ 537 Total Monthly Pension$2,926

20 20 Calculating the Minimum Guarantee Time PeriodSalaryYMPE July 2012 – June 2013$78,205.36$50,600 July 2011 – June 2012$76,678.03$49,200 July 2010 – June 2011$75,182.47$47,750 July 2009 – June 2010$72,978.31$46,750 July 2008 – June 2009$70,695.07$45,600 July 2007 – June 2008$69,016.73$44,300 July 2006 – June 2007$66,604.92$42,900 Final Average Earnings$74, Final Average YMPE$47,980

21 21 Calculating the MGP FAE = $74,747.85FAYMPE = $47,980 Credited Service = years $47,980 X 1.4% = $ $74, – $47,980 = $26, X 1.9% = $ $ $ = $1, X = $35, $35, /12 = $2, per month CRA check $2, X = $82, / 12 = $6, per month Will therefore receive the $2, per month since below the CRA maximum.

22 22 Need to contact Pension & Benefits? Call extension (askpb) – the phone line is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. For Fridays in June, July and August the phone line closes at 3:30 pm. Please have your employee ID ready when you call us. Any form or document that we may need from you can be completed, scanned and ed to


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