Understand Your Pension Options
Understand your options as you prepare for life after work. You're strongly encouraged to seek independent financial advice as you plan for retirement.
Public Service Pension Plan
The BC Pension Corporation administers your pension benefits. They provide information about your pension plan from your first day on the job through to retirement.
Public Service Pension Plan Seminars
The Public Service Pension Plan offers information seminars around the province.
If you're within five years of retirement, attend Approaching Retirement.
Real Deal Videos
Real deal videos answer questions about how to purchase service and retirement planning.
When you're within six months of your last day at work, request retirement information and a pension estimate from the Public Service Pension Plan.
You can also do your own pension estimate and apply for your pension through the pension plan's My Account.
The earliest you can finalize your pension is 90 days before your retirement date.
Purchase of Service
Before you retire, you may be able to increase your future pension by purchasing service for periods when you weren't contributing to your pension plan. An example would be when you were on maternity leave or working as an auxiliary.
Extended Health Care & Dental Benefits
Plan members who are eligible for a pension from the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) and are permanent residents of Canada can have extended health care and dental benefits coverage through Green Shield Canada. Plan details are available through the PSPP's Retirement Health Coverage and You.
For rates, visit PSPP's Retirement Health Coverage Premiums.
Make sure you confirm the effective date of your coverage and your new policy number before accessing dental or extended health services.
MSP is not a benefit administered by the Public Service Pension Plan. Health Insurance BC will contact you to arrange for coverage and payment of premiums after your benefits from work end.
Employee Basic Life Insurance for Pensioners Under Age 65
You may be eligible to continue your Employee Basic Life Insurance and, if applicable, optional spouse and dependent life insurance. Retirees under 65 are given this option in their pension package.
Complete a new Group Life Beneficiary Designation (PDF, 156KB) form to make sure your information is up to date.
To Be Eligible
- You must be covered under the BC Public Service Group Life Insurance Plan while still an employee.
- You must choose this option on your pension application and plan to receive your pension the month following your retirement.
- If there has been a break in service from termination of employment to commencement of your pension payment.
- If you're 65 or over.
Premiums are deducted from your pension payments and are subject to change. The amount of insurance is equal to the amount in effect on the day prior to your retirement and will continue until you are 65. Both Excluded and Bargaining Unit employees have the option to convert to an individual policy when their insurance ends at 65.