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B.C. Re-introduces PRPP Legislation 

Canadian Tax Adviser

 

February 25, 2014

 

British Columbia has re-introduced legislation to bring Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP) to the province. The legislation would enable small-and medium-sized business employees and self-employed individuals to join pension plans administered by regulated financial institutions. B.C. notes that it is adopting substantially from the PRPP framework under federal legislation

B.C.'s PRPP legislation was re-introduced in Bill 9 on February 19, 2014. Previously, B.C. introduced PRPP legislation in Bill 16 on February 28, 2013, but this bill died on the order paper.

 

Background
PRPPs are intended to be a broad-based, low-cost, defined pension contribution vehicle that will be available to all employees, employers and self-employed individuals. The PRPP will offer these individuals the benefits of participating in a large pension plan like the defined contribution plans many large companies offer, and will also allow employers to offer retirement savings without the cost of setting up a pension plan and administering it.

 

Federal legislation for the PRPP framework, which provides a new option for tax-effective retirement savings for employees of small businesses and self-employed individuals who don't already have a company pension plan, was included in Bill C-45, which received Royal Assent on December 14, 2012.

 

Alberta and Saskatchewan have already passed enabling legislation to make PRPPs available in those provinces. Quebec has passed a similar version of the PRPP legislation called the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans (VRSP).

 

B.C. PRPP details
Under the new rules, employers are not obligated to provide PRPPs and their contributions to the plan are optional. If an employer chooses to offer a PRPP to employees, the employees will be automatically enrolled. However, they have the right to opt out of the plan. Also, any worker has the option to join a PRPP, even if their employer chooses not to provide one or if they are self-employed.

 

For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.

 

 

 

 

 

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