Re- Employment

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When previous OPTrust members are re-employed by an employer who contributes to the OPSEU Pension Plan, re-enrolling in the Plan may be mandatory or optional depending on the terms of their employment. Please see Mandatory Membership and Optional Membership for more information.

Before Retirement

When a member rejoins the Plan before starting to receive an OPTrust pension, he or she may have various options regarding his or her prior service. The options available will depend on the status of the member’s entitlement for the period of prior membership:

  • If the member has a deferred pension for the previous period of plan membership, OPTrust will notify the member of the available options when he or she rejoins the plan.
  • If the member transferred the commuted value out of the Plan, he or she may apply to buy back credit for the previous period of service.
  • If the member transferred the service to another pension plan, he or she may apply to transfer the service back to the OPSEU Pension Plan.
After a Grievance

If a terminated employee is reinstated as part of a grievance settlement and rejoins the Plan as a result, the employer should contact OPTrust immediately to confirm any impact on the member’s pension. 

icon Important! OPTrust cannot administer a pension benefit resulting from a grievance settlement that is contrary to the provisions of the OPSEU Pension Plan Text or applicable legislation, including the Income Tax Act and the Pension Benefits Act. The parties should contact OPTrust in advance regarding any proposed settlement where the member’s pension benefits are at issue.

After Retirement

When an individual who is receiving a pension from the OPSEU Pension Plan is re-employed by an employer who contributes to the Plan, re-enrolling in the plan may be mandatory or optional, depending on the terms of the individual’s employment. Please see Mandatory Membership and Optional Membership for more information.

icon Important! When an OPTrust pensioner is re-employed by an employer who contributes to the OPSEU Pension Plan, there may be significant implications for his or her current pension. Please see the OPTrust booklet It’s Your Pension.

icon Important! If an OPTrust pensioner becomes a member of the Public Service Pension Plan (Ontario Pension Board) as a result of re-employment, the service with one plan cannot be transferred to the other to increase the pension entitlement.