UPP is pleased to announce that UPP pensioners, survivors, and dependents in pay will receive an inflation protection increase of 3.54% to the UPP portion of their pensions at January 1, 2024. Those currently receiving a pension will see the UPP portion of their monthly pension payments increase beginning January 1, 2024.
Please note, this indexation increase, will only apply to benefits accrued under UPP provisions for service on and after July 1, 2021. For those with service earned under a prior pension plan that converted to UPP, UPP honours the pension adjustment provisions of your prior plan for that portion of your service.
Impacted members will receive a letter with further details in January 2024.
Inflation protection is a valuable benefit designed to increase the amount of your monthly pension in pay through a cost-of-living adjustment based on the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI). The cost-of-living adjustment is also sometimes referred to as indexation.
Statistics Canada measures monthly changes in the cost of living. Each month, it examines the price of a basket of goods and services typically purchased by Canadian households and compares the ups and downs to the previous month. This is called the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is widely used as an indicator of the change in the general level of consumer prices and the rate of inflation. Find more information about the CPI on the Statistics Canada website.
When you retire with a UPP pension, it’s secure retirement income for the rest of your life. Your defined benefit pension for UPP service includes annual conditional funded indexation of up to 75% of the increase in the Canadian CPI. In 2024, UPP is providing indexation at the full 75%, which means members receiving pensions (including survivors and dependents in pay) will receive an increase to their pensions accrued under UPP provisions of 3.54% at January 1, 2024.
Increase in CPI
75% of the 4.73% increase = 3.54%
(a) the CPI 12-month average (with each month determined at month end) for the period ending on the September 30 immediately before the January 1 effective date;
(b) the CPI 12-month average (with each month determined at month end) for the period ending on the September 30 immediately before the September 30 in (a) above.
Note: if (a) is less than (b), the increase in CPI shall be 0%.
The indexation paid by UPP is equal to 75% of the percentage change in the two averages of CPI.
When you retire and begin receiving your pension, the portion attributable to UPP benefits will be subject to funded conditional indexation. This means that any indexation adjustments will be determined by UPP’s Joint Sponsors. UPP’s target funded conditional indexation is 75% of the increase in CPI for Canada but may be less based on the Plan’s overall financial health and Funding Policy.
Once the indexation adjustment has been made, it is permanently applied to your retirement income, and your pension will never be reduced.
As part of the conversion, UPP honours the pension adjustment provisions of your prior plan for your service earned under that plan. This includes how adjustments are determined/calculated and when they are paid. If you had already retired when your prior plan converted to UPP, your entire pension is adjusted based on your prior plan’s terms.
If you have prior service under a pension plan that converted to UPP, your total pension benefit comes to you as one payment but has two parts – one portion attributable to the service earned on your prior plan, and the portion attributable to what you earned under UPP.
How much does my pre-conversion pension increase this year?
Your pre-conversion benefit will be increased based on the pension adjustment provisions of your prior plan. You will be notified by direct mailing regarding the amount of the adjustment, if any, and when it will be added to your pre-conversion benefit.
If you started to receive your pension in 2023, your indexation amount is prorated for the length of time you received a pension. For example, if you retired in June 2023, your indexation is based on the six months you received a pension this year, and you will receive 50% of the 3.54% increase.
All members who began receiving a UPP pension prior to 2024, including survivors and dependents in pay, will receive the 2024 inflation protection increase. UPP’s inflation protection increase is only applicable to the UPP portion of your pension for service on and after July 1, 2021.
Have additional questions? Please contact your university pension administration team, or UPP’s Member Services via email: [email protected]
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