An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (early pension entitlement for police officers and firefighters)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Jeff Watson  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of May 17, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to allow police officers and firefighters who retire at fifty years of age or more after at least five years of service, to elect, for the years between the ages of fifty-five and sixty, to be deemed self-employed for earnings not exceeding the total of the last year’s earnings in the force, or, if actually self-employed, to add a sum not exceeding that total to their actual self-employed earnings.

The existing maximum levels of contribution will still apply, and the police officers or firefighters continuing contributions will make the full contributions of a self-employed person.

The enactment also entitles police officers and firefighters who retire at fifty to an unreduced pension at age sixty or a pension reduced by the 0.5 per cent per month formula if commenced at an age between fifty-five and sixty.

The Governor in Council has the power to prescribe the forces of police or firefighters to which this amendment would apply because of early retirement applying in their service.

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Canada Pension PlanRoutine Proceedings

May 17th, 2006 / 3:40 p.m.
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Conservative

Jeff Watson Conservative Essex, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (early pension entitlement for police officers and firefighters).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce this bill on behalf of our hard-working police and firefighters. Firefighting and policing are physically and emotionally demanding and, as we learned with the recent death of Senior Constable John Atkinson of the Windsor Police Service, it is very dangerous as well.

Early retirement has long been accepted as being in the best interests of officers, their families and the public they serve. Our Income Tax Act permits police and firefighters to retire early at age 55. The officers and firefighters who retire early do not currently have the ability to make CPP contributions from 55 to 60 years of age. This bill is intended to address that concern.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)