Learn about commuted value transfers

Find out what's involved if you transfer the commuted value of your pension to a locked-in retirement vehicle.

If you choose to transfer the commuted value of your pension, we will transfer it to a locked-in retirement vehicle.

When we calculate the commuted value, we guarantee the amount quoted until the guarantee date on your Termination selection statement. We must receive your signed selection and required documents by this date. If we don’t, we will recalculate the commuted value of your pension (if you are still eligible). The recalculated value may be higher or lower, depending on interest rate fluctuations since the original calculation.

The BC Pension Corporation, following Standards of Practice prescribed by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and approved by the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees, calculates the commuted value using the 2014 Canadian Pensioners Mortality Table with generational mortality projection using improvement scale CPM-B on a 30% male 70% female unisex basis for Group 1 members and a 90% male 10% female unisex basis for Group 2 and Group 5 members. For more information about how commuted values are calculated, read https://www.cia-ica.ca/docs/default-source/2020/220009e.pdf.

We will not deduct income tax from any transfer to a locked-in retirement vehicle. However, the Income Tax Act limits the amount of a commuted value payment that can be tax-sheltered. This means that any part of your commuted value over the limit must be taken as a cash payment and we will deduct income tax from it.

We deduct tax at the following rates for Canadian residents, where applicable:

  • 10 per cent for payments of $5,000 or less
  • 20 per cent for payments of $5,000.01 to $15,000
  • 30 per cent for payments of $15,000.01 or more

If you are not a Canadian resident when we transfer the lump-sum payment, the amount of tax we hold back is based on your country of residence. Twenty-five per cent is a common amount.

The above flat rates are set by the Canada Revenue Agency. These rates do not represent the actual tax you may owe, which is calculated based on your personal tax rate when you file your tax return for the year in which you receive the lump-sum payment.


Learn how commuted values are calculated

Read the Actuarial Standards Board - Final Standards (external document)

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