The process to start your pension is simple.
Once you’ve chosen your retirement date, notify your employer’s Human Resources department as soon as possible. We recommend you start the process at least three months before you want to retire.
Your employer will complete a Pension Application form, ask you to sign it, and send it to the CAAT Plan.
The CAAT Plan will then send your retirement package directly to your home address.
Your retirement package will include:
- Retirement Option Document: This document outlines your pension amount, payment options, and deadlines. It's important to return your option document to us by the deadline to ensure your payments start on time.
- Blank TD1 forms (Federal and Provincial): Your pension is taxable, so you will use these forms to tell us how much income tax to deduct each month.
- Member Change of Information form: Use it now if you need to make a change, or keep it in case of a change later.
- A Direct Deposit form: use this form instead of a void cheque to provide us with your banking information and set up monthly direct deposit pension payments.
- A checklist to help you complete your application by supplying supporting documentation. You will be required to supply:
- a void cheque or a completed Direct Deposit form
- proof of your age
- proof of your spouse’s age, if applicable, and
- confirmation of marital status, if applicable (marriage certificate, Statutory declaration of Common-Law Relationship form, or separation/divorce agreement).
It’s important to return your completed and signed Option Document Return, TD1 forms, and all required supporting documentation to the CAAT Plan by the deadline to ensure your payments start on time.
Once we’ve received your signed Option Document, and all supporting documents, your pension will be processed. It will be paid on the first day of every month by direct deposit.
When you receive your Retirement Option Document from the CAAT Pension Plan, you might have a few different payment options to choose from.
If you have an eligible spouse at retirement, you’ll have the option to choose an actuarially reduced pension now, so that when you die, your spouse will receive a 75% survivor pension instead of the default 60% survivor pension. You can only make this choice at retirement, so it’s important to be ready. The option document will show you what your pension would be if you choose the 60% or 75% survivor option.
How to avoid delays in starting your pension
Marital separation and divorce is the number one cause of delayed pension starts. If you were legally married during your membership in the Plan, and subsequently separated or divorced, we’ll need to confirm if your pension is to be split with your ex-spouse, and any other details, before processing your pension.
Not providing proof of age (and your Spouse’s if applicable) can delay your pension. Acceptable proof of age includes any government issued identification (federal or provincial) that clearly shows the card holder’s date of birth, excluding health cards, (e.g. passport, birth certificate, citizenship card, driver’s license). Remember: payment will not be made unless proof of age is provided.
How do I start my government pensions?
You can start your CPP pension any time after age 60, and your OAS when you turn 65. Be sure to apply for these benefits at least six months before you want to start collecting them.
You must apply directly to Service Canada to receive the necessary information and application forms for your Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security pensions, and to find out the amount of government benefits you are eligible to receive.
For more information visit Canada.ca, or call 1-800-O-CANADA.