Last updated: March 7, 2022
Begin planning your retirement from the BC Public Service at least 3 months before your last day at work.
We’re here to help you as you plan, prepare and ready yourself for retirement.
On this page
- Retirement schedule
- When can I retire?
- Non-financial retirement counselling
- Flexible work arrangements and retirement
- Understand your pension options
- Paid absence prior to retirement
- Retirement allowance
- Government records guide
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The normal retirement age for all Public Service Pension Plan members is 65, and the earliest retirement age is 55.
Certain designated occupations, like correctional facility employees, have different retirement rules based on age.
Under the Income Tax Act, an employee aged 71 must start receiving their pension no later than December 1 of the same year they turn 71. They may continue working without interruption; however, Paid absence prior to retirement and Retirement allowance are applicable only when they ultimately retire from the BC Public Service.
For more information, attend the Public Service Pension Plan seminar: Approaching Retirement.
The BC Public Service offers support for retirement planning through its Employee and Family Assistance Services (EFAS) provider.
Employees can work one-on-one by telephone with a retirement planning professional.
This service will explore retirement related issues, including steps in successful transition from work to retirement and the various changes, challenges and rewards of this life transition.
They can assist you to create a personal plan based on identified retirement priorities.
For access, call the EFAS provider at 1-800-655-5004.
The BC Public Service supports flexible work options whenever the arrangement benefits both the employee and the employer.
Learn about flexible work arrangements and retirement.
Understand your pension options as you prepare for life after work in the BC Public Service.
Paid absence prior to retirement is any earned leave banks and allowances you take as paid absence from work right before you start your Public Service pension.
Learn how to use leave banks and allowances before you retire.
Long-serving BC Public Service employees are eligible for a retirement allowance that can be:
- Taken as pre-retirement leave
- Taken as a cash payout
- Directed into a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
Find out about your retirement allowance and eligibility.
Learn how to properly transfer or dispose of your records prior to leaving the BC Public Service, with the Departing Employees Guide (PDF, 730KB).
Public Service Pension Plan
- 1-800-665-3554, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Can’t find what you need?
Submit an AskMyHR (IDIR restricted) service request.
Use the categories Myself (or) My Team/Organization > Leaving The Public Service > Retirement
If you're a B.C. government employee without an IDIR, call the BC Public Service Agency to submit your service request.