Benefits for Participants

To:  All Participating School Boards and Principals

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Pension Adjustments

  • Canada Revenue Agency legislation requires each employer participating in the Canadian Christian School Pension Plan to report a Pension Adjustment (PA) for each employee who accrued benefits under the Plan during the previous calendar year. The PA must appear on the participant’s T4 slip, and an accompanying report must be filed by the last day of February following the taxation year.
  •  As in prior years, a modification to Pension Adjustment calculations will need to be made for participants who have worked at two different schools that participated in the Canadian Christian School Pension Plan during the year. The enclosed exhibits include information on how to determine the Pension Adjustments for such participants (and, see page two of this Update).
  •  Reporting for 2013 is required by February 28, 2014, and is based on the pension accruals for calendar year 2013. The 2013 pension accrual is based on covered earnings paid in calendar year 2013. Accordingly, it is necessary for each participating Board (or its designate) to understand and complete the calculations and recordkeeping to ensure accurate reporting for 2013. The reported Pension Adjustment will reduce the participant’s overall personal Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contribution room dollar-for-dollar. It is therefore important that the necessary calculations be completed accurately.
  • To assist you in the calculations of PAs, we have posted each of the Plan exhibits on our website: under Canada Pension, Updates. The exhibits include the Pension Adjustment Formula for the Canadian Christian School Pension Plan and Sample Calculations 1-4 for each of the Contribution Plans.  

5.55% Plan
7% Plan
 8.05% Plan 
schools that change from the 5.55% Plan to the 7% Plan 

schools that change from the 5.55% Plan to the 8.05% Plan

schools that change from the 7% Plan to the 8.05% Plan 
schools that change from the 7% Plan to the 5.55% Plan

schools that change from the 8.05% to 5.55% Plan

  •  If you have any employees who received Short Term Disability or Long Term Disability benefits in 2013, include the period of disability in calculating the Pension Adjustment. The rate of earnings at the time of disability, not the amount of disability benefit, should be used in the calculation.

  •  Please note the following:

- The $600 offset in the formula still applies. Participants who transfer to/from a school that participates in the Canadian Christian School Pension Plan will have the $600 offset prorated. If the participant did not participate in the Plan at another school in 2013, the $600 offset should not be prorated. Participants who work less than fulltime will receive the full $600 offset unless they worked at a second school participating in the Plan during 2013. See the exhibits for more information.

- If a participant terminated employment during 2013, the Pension Adjustment for this participant must still be determined.

- In no event shall the Pension Adjustment reported be higher than $23,670 for 2013.

  •  The Canadian Christian School Pension Plan registration number with Canada Revenue Agency (0283812) must also be printed on the T-4. Instructions as to where to print the PA and the Plan’s registration number on the T-4 are included in CRA’s employer’s guide that should be available from your local district tax office.
  •  Since an historical record of Pension Adjustments must be kept, please send a listing to our office in February 2014 showing the name, social insurance number and 2013 Pension Adjustment amount for each participant on your 2013 payroll. This information will be used in the future to calculate Pension Adjustment Reversals and to determine if plan design and benefit changes comply with government regulations.

Contacting Us for Support

More information about our benefit plans and past Updates are located on our website at Select Employee Benefits and the appropriate plan. As always, if you have questions, please contact Marcy Sterken or Amy Slachter at 877-274-8796, extension 231 or 616-284-3231, or by e-mail at