Joining the OPSEU Pension Plan
What could happen to your pension benefit if your spousal relationship ends?
If your spousal relationship ends, your spouse may become entitled to a portion of your
pension accrued during your marriage as part of the equalization process under the Family Law Act. If you enter into a domestic contract or are a party to a court order requiring a split of your pension, you must file a certified copy with OPTrust. This document must clearly identify how the pension is to be split.
Pension law will not permit the payment of more than 50% of the pension benefit earned
during the period of the spousal relationship to be paid to your former spouse for the
equalization of family property.
If your marriage ends before you retire, your spouse has the option to transfer a lump sum amount into his or her locked-in retirement savings arrangement or pension plan (if allowed by that plan), in accordance with the domestic contract or court order, and subject to the 50% rule. If your domestic contract, court order or family arbitration award occurred before January 1, 2012, please contact OPTrust.
If you die
If you die before your pension begins, your spouse may be eligible for a portion of the death benefit payable under the Plan, depending on the terms of the domestic contract or court order, and subject to the 50% rule.