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Plan concerned: The PPMP


Here are answers to questions often asked by people who take up a management position.

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Qualifying for the Pension Plan of Management Personnel (PPMP)

What are the eligibility requirements?

In order to become a member of the PPMP, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • You must be appointed to or hired for a non unionized position.
  • You cannot hold the non-unionized position by interim or on a temporary or casual basis.
  • You must have qualified for the non unionized position;
  • You must work in that non-unionized position for at least 20% of the number of hours a full-time employee would.

Note: These rules apply only to employees who have been appointed to or hired for a non-unionized position since 1 July 2002.

What is the qualification period?

In short, it is a period during which you acquire the right to become a member of the PPMP.

During the qualification period, you contribute to the PPMP. However, except with regard to terminal illness or death, the provisions of the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (RREGOP) apply.

Your qualification period starts on your first day of employment covered by the PPMP, provided you meet all the requirements.

How long is the qualification period for the PPMP?

The duration of the qualification period depends on the percentage of working time for that position.

  • It is 24 consecutive months, if the percentage of working time for your non-unionized position is equal to 40% or more of the regular time of a full-time employee holding the same position.
  • It is 48 consecutive months, if the percentage of working time for your non-unionized position is equal to 20% or more, but less than 40%, of the regular time of a full-time employee holding the same position.

I currently hold 2 non-unionized positions. Do I have to go through 2 qualification periods?

No. If you hold more than one non-unionized position during your qualification period, the percentage of hours worked adds up. Non-unionized positions must however meet the requirements of the PPMP. Thus, the percentage of time worked for a position at 15% and a position at 25% are not added since the one at 15% does not correspond to the 20% minimum required to participate in the PPMP.

Example:

On 1 February 2015, John began to work in 2 non-unionized positions: the first at 20% and the second at 30% of the time of a full-time employee holding the same position. Since the total of these percentages exceeds 40%, his qualification period for the PPMP will be 24 months.

What happens if the percentage of time worked changes during my qualification period?

If the percentage used to determine the duration of your qualification period changes during your qualification period, its length will be reduced or extended, as follows:

  • If the percentage increases to 40% or more, the time needed to complete your qualification period will be reduced by half.
  • If the percentage decreases to less than 40%, the time needed to complete your qualification period will double.

Example:

On 1 September 2015, Claire began working in a non-unionized position 30% of the time of a full-time employee holding the same position. Since this was 20% or more, but less than 40%, the duration of her qualification period was set at 48 months.

On 1 November 2016, Claire began working in a second non-unionized position 20% of the time of a full-time employee holding the same position. Since the total percentage exceeded 40%, the time needed to complete her qualification period was reduced by half, as follows:

Duration of the qualification period determined on 1 September 2015 (when Claire began the first non-unionized position)

 

48 months

Number of months between 1 September 2015 and 1 November 2016 (when Claire began the second non unionized position)

14 months

Number of months needed to complete the qualification period determined on 1 September 2015

=

34 months

Revision of the time needed to complete the qualification period (reduced by half)

÷

2

Number of months needed to complete the qualification period, determined on 1 November 2016

=

17 months

 

On 1 November 2016, the time Claire needed to complete her qualification period was 17 months (instead of 34). Consequently, her total qualification period for the PPMP will have lasted 31 months (14 + 17), instead of 48.

One of my colleagues currently holds a non-unionized position 40% of the time and a unionized position 60% of the time. During his qualification period for the PPMP, does he have to contribute to the PPMP for his 2 positions?

No. During his qualification period, your colleague will contribute to the PPMP only for his non-unionized position. He will contribute to the RREGOP for his unionized position.

What will happen at the end of my qualification period?

When your qualification period is over, we will contact you in writing to confirm that you have become a member of the PPMP.

Once you get your qualification for the PPMP, you will participate in that plan for all your unionized or non-unionized positions.

What will happen if my situation changes before the end of my qualification period and if I no longer meet all the requirements for participation in the PPMP?

In that case, you will stop being a member of the PPMP and you will participate in the RREGOP.

Is it true that I must contribute to the plan for an additional five years following my qualification period?

Yes. If your qualification period for the PPMP began after 31 December 2012 and you do not complete the additional five years of membership, specific eligibility requirements for an immediate unreduced pension will apply.

If you had already qualified or were in the process of qualifying on 31 December 2012, you do not have to complete the additional five-year period.

 

Employment Covered by the PPMP

What are the positions covered by the PPMP?

Some positions are in the public sector, the education sector and the health and social services sector, as well as in organizations whose employees are appointed and remunerated in accordance with the Public Service Act.

They are the following non-unionized positions:

  • management positions or senior executive positions determined according to the classification plans established by the authorities designated to the public and parapublic sectors;
  • the following positions in the public service sector:
    • human resources management consultant;
    • attorney general’s substitute;
    • mediator and conciliator;
    • justice of the peace.

 

Other positions are in government corporations and organizations in which the conditions of employment and the standards or remuneration scales of the members of their personnel are determined by the Government or approved by the Conseil du trésor.

They are the positions identified in the classification plans for managers approved by the Conseil du trésor and subject to the conditions of employment of managers, where applicable. In particular:

  • the mediators of the Conseil des services essentiels;
  • the human resource management consultants who are subject to the conditions of employment of management personnel of the organization.

 

In the office of a minister, a lieutenant governor or a member of the National Assembly.

It is

  • the position of chief executive officer;
    and,
  • the position of assistant executive secretary where the conditions of employment provide that they shall benefit from the conditions of employment of senior managers in the public service sector.

 

Lastly, in private educational institutions and for all other positions covered by the PPMP.

They are positions similar to positions of management or non-management personnel in the public and parapublic sectors determined according to the classification plans for management personnel established by the authorities designated for the sector in question.

 

Useful Link

 

To Learn More About Your Public-Sector Pension Plan