The Candian Pension Plan (CPP)

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Starting in 2012, CPP retirement benefits recipients will have to continue to contribute to their CPP until the age of 65.

People age 65 to 70 will be able to choose whether or not to continue contributing to their CPP.

As well, the work cessation test has been removed.  You will be able to collect the benefits prior to age 65 with no need to stop working for 2 months, as was required under the old rules.  Consequently, there is no reduction in your earnings in order to start collecting CPP.

Another  change has to do with the general low earnings drop-out.  This refers to adjustments that are made to the contributory period and average pensionable earning by “dropping out” certain periods of low income.  What this means is that if you don’t contribute to CPP or contribute very little for up to 8 years it will have no impact on your final CPP pension benefits. If you are a small business owner and can control your wages and amount of CPP you pay, you should talk to us about the ability to adjust your CPP contributions.

The last two changes have to do with pension adjustments for early and late CPP take-up.  For early take-up of CPP retirement pension the pension amounts are reduced even more than previously.  For late take-up of CPP retirement pension the pension amounts are increased even more than before.

But with all of the changes to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), when is the best time to apply for your benefits to start?  Delaying the start of your pension is now more attractive than it used to be.  This is a direct result of the changes in the benefit calculations.  But there are other factors to consider such as taxes, cash flow, and goals. And every individual’s situation is different so call KWB today for a personal recommendation on when is the best time to take your CPP out.  Call us at 780-466-6204 or email [email protected].

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