Effective May 1, 2018 Ontario Northland will become a participating employer in Ontario’s Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP). Effective on that date Ontario Northland’s employees will commence to contribute to the Public Service Pension Plan. Ontario Northland will continue to operate and manage The Contributory Pension Plan of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission until the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) approves the transfer of assets to the PSPP. It is anticipated that
FSCO will approve the transfer of assets in 2019.
Why is Ontario Northland proposing to merge with PSPP?
This will allow Ontario Northland to solely focus on delivering transportation services, rather than managing its own pension. This will have a positive impact on Ontario Northland’s financial health and long-term sustainability. The PSPP is one of Canada’s top pension plans and the Ontario Pension Board represents many public servants like the OPP, MNDM and the Owen Sound Transportation Company. PSPP is stable, sustainable and provides Ontario Northland employees with affordable contributions, full indexing and a responsible benefit structure.
How will the merger impact pensioners?
Pensioners will continue to receive the same pension amount and survivor benefits they are entitled to today. In fact, the payments will continue to be made by Ontario Northland’s pension plan until the assets are transferred. This is expected to occur sometime in 2019. Ad hoc increases will continue to be considered under the PSPP. Pensioners will be notified in advance of the PSPP commencing pension payments.
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