Pension Plans

University of Guelph Pension Plans Booklet

The University has 3 active pension plans.  Faculty, Excluded Faculty, Professional/Managerial staff, College Academic/Research Group and Ontario Nurses Association employees participate in the Professional Pension Plan.  UGFSEA Units 1 & 2 and OSSTF/TARA District 35 members enrolled on or after October 1, 2014 participate in the Non-Professional Pension Plan.  All other eligible employees belong to the Retirement Pension Plan.

Eligibility

Regular full-time faculty and staff members must join the plan on the first day of the month following or coincident with their date of hire.

Employees not eligible based on their employment status (i.e. temporary, part time) are eligible to join the pension plan according to the following criteria.  They must have worked continuously for the University during the previous two calendar years and must have:

  1. earned at least 35% of the Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings (i.e. 18,375 in 2014 and 17,885 in 2013) or
  2. worked at least 700 hours at the University of Guelph during each of the previous two calendar years.

Your Pension Beneficiary Designation and Spousal Declaration

There are certain steps you need to take in order to ensure your desired beneficiary(ies) will receive your pension benefit.  For more information on beneficiaries and Spousal declarations please read about Your Pension Beneficiary(ies).

Investment of the Pension Fund

Your contributions, together with those of the University, are paid into a pension trust fund. The services of professional money management firms are used to invest the fund.

The Pensions Committee has the responsibility for setting investment objectives for the pension fund, retaining appropriate investment managers, as well as monitoring the performance of these money managers.

Each year our consulting actuary analyzes both present and future pension commitments that exist in our pension plan and reports on the adequacy of the pension trust fund. The solvency of the pension fund is governed by requirements of the Pension and Benefits Act of Ontario.

Indexation of Post-Retirement Benefits

You may be eligible for an increase to your pension on each September 30th subsequent to your retirement in accordance with the Indexation of Post-Retirement Benefits provision in the plan document. The adjustment will depend on the change in the Consumer Price Index published by Statistics Canada and is based on the formula CPI less 2%. The CPI is determined by comparing the average of the monthly CPI indices for the current May to April period to the average for the previous May to April period. If the CPI is determined to be less than 2%, there is no adjustment to monthly pensions.

The indexation adjustment is pro-rated in the first year of retirement. For example, a member retiring January 1st will receive two-thirds of the adjustment on the subsequent September 30th.

Annual Pension Report

As part of the University’s commitment to keep pension plan members informed about the Pension Plans, we are pleased to provide you with the Annual Pension Reports for the 2016 Non-Professional Plan, 2016 Retirement Plan2016 Professional Plan.

These reports will help you understand the important facts and figures about the University of Guelph’s pension plans.  By mousing over the highlighted words or graphs/diagrams, pop-ups will provide you with more information.

Annual Pension Reports for Prior Years

Pension Temporary Solvency Relief

Pension Solvency Relief information is accessible for users through their University of Guelph login.

Resources

Other Pension Information

Forms

Links

Contact Information

For more information please contact Vince Pellegrino, Senior Advisor, Pensions and Benefits by telephone at 519-824-4120 ext. 56596 or by emailing Vince or Margaret McLeod, Benefits Consultant by telephone at 519-824-4120 ext. 56594 or by emailing Margaret.

This site has been designed to acquaint you with the general features of the University of Guelph’s benefit plans. Although every attempt has been made to summarize these programs accurately, the summary information provided in this site does not create any contractual or other legal rights.  Your rights to any of the benefits described in this site shall at all times be governed by the provisions of the official plan documentation, as amended from time to time.  To the extent of any inconsistency between the summary information provided in this site and the official plan documentation, the latter shall prevail.