Income Tax Regulations (C.R.C., c. 945)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-07-01. Previous Versions

Qualifying Withdrawals

 Where

  • (a) an individual who has withdrawn an amount from a registered retirement savings plan under which the individual was, at the time of the withdrawal, the annuitant (as defined in subsection 146(1) of the Act) provides to the issuer (as defined in subsection 146(1) of the Act) of the plan, in the calendar year in which the amount was withdrawn or one of the two immediately following calendar years, the prescribed form referred to in subparagraph 8307(3)(a)(ii) accompanied by a request that the issuer complete the form in respect of the withdrawal, and

  • (b) the issuer has not, at the time of receipt of the request, forwarded to the individual 2 copies of the information return required by subsection 214(1) to be made by the issuer in respect of the withdrawal, and does not, within 30 days after receipt of the request, forward to the individual 2 copies of that return,

the issuer shall, within 30 days after receipt of the request, complete those portions of the form that the form indicates are required to be completed by the issuer in respect of the withdrawal and return the form to the individual.

  • NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text;
  • see relevant amending regulations. SOR/92-51, s. 7;
  • SOR/2007-116, s. 14.

Requirement To Provide Minister with Information

  •  (1) The Minister may, by notice served personally or by registered or certified mail, require that a person provide the Minister, within such reasonable time as is stipulated in the notice, with

    • (a) information relating to the determination of amounts under Part LXXXIII;

    • (b) where the person claims that paragraph 147.1(10)(a) of the Act is not applicable with respect to an individual and a past service event by reason of an exemption provided by regulation, information relevant to the claim; or

    • (c) information for the purpose of determining whether the registration of a pension plan may be revoked.

  • (2) Where a person fails to provide the Minister with information pursuant to a requirement under subsection (1), each registered pension plan and deferred profit sharing plan to which the information relates becomes a revocable plan as of the day on or before which the information was required to be provided.

  • NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text;
  • see relevant amending regulations. SOR/92-51, s. 7.

Annual Information Returns

  •  (1) The administrator of a registered pension plan that is administered under the supervision of a government regulator shall file an information return for a fiscal period of the plan in prescribed form and containing prescribed information

    • (a) where an agreement concerning annual information returns has been entered into by the Minister and the regulator, as identified in subsection (2),

      • (i) in the case of the agreement with the Pension Commission of Ontario, with the Taxation Data Centre of the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, and

      • (ii) in any other case, with that regulator,

      on or before the day that an information return required by that regulator is to be filed for the fiscal period; and

    • (b) in any other case, with the Minister on or before the day that is 180 days after the end of the fiscal period.

  • (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), the following government regulators have entered into an agreement concerning annual information returns with the Minister:

    • (a) the Pension Commission of Ontario, Province of Ontario;

    • (b) the Superintendent of Pensions, Province of Nova Scotia;

    • (c) the Superintendent of Pensions, Province of New Brunswick;

    • (d) the Superintendent of Pensions, Province of Manitoba; and

    • (e) the Superintendent of Pensions, Province of British Columbia.

  • (3) The administrator of a registered pension plan shall, within 60 days after the final distribution of property held in connection with the plan, notify the Minister in writing of the date of the distribution and the method of settlement.

  • NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text;
  • see relevant amending regulations. SOR/92-51, s. 7;
  • SOR/95-64, s. 7;
  • SOR/96-127, s. 1.

Actuarial Reports

 The administrator of a registered pension plan that contains a defined benefit provision shall, on demand from the Minister served personally or by registered or certified mail and within such reasonable time as is stipulated in the demand, file with the Minister a report prepared by an actuary on the basis of reasonable assumptions and in accordance with generally accepted actuarial principles and containing such information as is required by the Minister in respect of the defined benefit provisions of the plan.

  • NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text;
  • see relevant amending regulations. SOR/92-51, s. 7.

PART LXXXVRegistered Pension Plans

Interpretation

  •  (1) In this Part,

    active member

    active member of a pension plan in a calendar year means a member of the plan to whom benefits accrue under a defined benefit provision of the plan in respect of all or any portion of the year or who makes contributions, or on whose behalf contributions are made, in relation to the year under a money purchase provision of the plan; (participant actif)

    average Consumer Price Index

    average Consumer Price Index for a calendar year means the amount that is obtained by dividing by 12 the aggregate of all amounts each of which is the Consumer Price Index for a month in the 12-month period ending on September 30 of the immediately preceding calendar year; (moyenne de l’indice des prix à la consommation)

    beneficiary

    beneficiary of an individual means a person who has a right, by virtue of the participation of the individual in a pension plan, to receive benefits under the plan after the death of the individual; (bénéficiaire)

    benefit provision

    benefit provision of a pension plan means a money purchase or defined benefit provision of the plan; (version anglaise seulement)

    bridging benefits

    bridging benefits provided to a member under a benefit provision of a pension plan means retirement benefits payable to the member under the provision for a period ending no later than on a date determinable at the time the benefits commence to be paid; (prestation de raccordement)

    Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index for a month means the Consumer Price Index for the month as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act; (indice des prix à la consommation)

    defined benefit limit

    defined benefit limit for a calendar year means the greater of

    • (a) $1,722.22, and

    • (b) 1/9 of the money purchase limit for the year; (plafond des prestations déterminées)

    dependant

    dependant of an individual at the time of the individual’s death means a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the individual who, at that time, is both dependent on the individual for support and

    • (a) under 19 years of age and will not attain 19 years of age in the calendar year that includes that time,

    • (b) in full-time attendance at an educational institution, or

    • (c) dependent on the individual by reason of mental or physical infirmity; (personne à charge)

    designated plan

    designated plan has the meaning assigned by section 8515; (régime désigné)

    disabled

    disabled means, in relation to an individual, suffering from a physical or mental impairment that prevents the individual from performing the duties of the employment in which the individual was engaged before the commencement of the impairment; (invalide)

    eligible period of reduced pay

    eligible period of reduced pay of an employee with respect to an employer means a period (other than a period in which the employee is, at any time after 1990, connected with the employer or a period any part of which is a period of disability of the employee)

    • (a) that begins after the employee has been employed by the employer or predecessor employers to the employer for not less than 36 months,

    • (b) throughout which the employee renders services to the employer, and

    • (c) throughout which the remuneration received by the employee from the employer is less than the remuneration that it is reasonable to expect the employee would have received from the employer had the employee rendered services throughout the period on a regular basis (having regard to the services rendered by the employee to the employer before the period) and had the employee’s rate of remuneration been commensurate with the employee’s rate of remuneration before the period; (période admissible de salaire réduit)

    eligible period of temporary absence

    eligible period of temporary absence of an individual with respect to an employer means a period throughout which the individual does not render services to the employer by reason of leave of absence, layoff, strike, lock-out or any other circumstance acceptable to the Minister, other than a period

    • (a) a part of which is a period of disability of the individual, or

    • (b) in which the individual is, at any time after 1990, connected with the employer; (période admissible d’absence temporaire)

    eligible survivor benefit period

    eligible survivor benefit period, in relation to a person who is a dependant of an individual at the time of the individual’s death, means the period beginning on the day of death of the individual and ending on the latest of

    • (a) where the dependant is under 19 years of age throughout the calendar year that includes the day of death of the individual, the earlier of

      • (i) December 31 of the calendar year in which the dependant attains 18 years of age, and

      • (ii) the day of death of the dependant,

    • (b) where the dependant is in full-time attendance at an educational institution on the later of the day of death of the individual and December 31 of the calendar year in which the dependant attains 18 years of age, the day on which the dependant ceases to be in full-time attendance at an educational institution, and

    • (c) where the dependant is dependent on the individual at the time of the individual’s death by reason of mental or physical infirmity, the day on which the dependant ceases to be infirm or, if there is no such day, the day of death of the dependant; (période admissible de prestations au survivant)

    existing plan

    existing plan means a pension plan that was a registered pension plan on March 27, 1988 or in respect of which an application for registration was made to the Minister before March 28, 1988, and includes a pension plan that was established before March 28, 1988 pursuant to an Act of Parliament that deems member contributions to be contributions to a registered pension plan; (régime existant)

    forfeited amount

    forfeited amount under a money purchase provision of a pension plan means an amount to which a member of the plan has ceased to have any rights, other than the portion thereof, if any, that is payable

    • (a) to a beneficiary of the member as a consequence of the member’s death, or

    • (b) to a spouse or common-law partner or former spouse or common-law partner of the member as a consequence of the breakdown of their marriage or common-law partnership; (montant perdu)

    grandfathered plan

    grandfathered plan means

    • (a) an existing plan that, on March 27, 1988, contained a defined benefit provision, or

    • (b) a pension plan that was established to provide benefits under a defined benefit provision to one or more individuals in lieu of benefits to which the individuals were entitled under a defined benefit provision of another pension plan that is a grandfathered plan, whether or not benefits are also provided to other individuals; (régime exclu)

    IPP minimum amount

    IPP minimum amount, for a year, for a person who is a member of an individual pension plan (or a beneficiary, in respect of the plan, who was, at the time of the member’s death, a spouse or common-law partner of the member) means

    • (a) if there is only one such person in respect of the plan, the minimum amount that would be determined under subsection 146.3(1) of the Act for the year in respect of the plan if the plan were a registered retirement income fund that held the same property as the property held by the plan and the person were the annuitant of the fund, and

    • (b) in any other case, the minimum amount that would be determined under subsection 146.3(1) of the Act if the person were the annuitant of a registered retirement income fund and the fair market value of the property held in connection with the fund at the beginning of the year were determined by the formula

      A × B/C

      where

      A
      is the fair market value of all property held in connection with the plan at the beginning of the year,
      B
      is the amount of the actuarial liabilities in respect of the benefits payable to the person under the terms of the plan at the beginning of the year, and
      C
      is the amount of the actuarial liabilities in respect of all benefits payable under the terms of the plan at the beginning of the year; (minimum RRI)
    lifetime retirement benefits

    lifetime retirement benefits provided to a member under a benefit provision of a pension plan means

    • (a) retirement benefits provided to the member under the provision that, after they commence to be paid, are payable to the member until the member’s death, unless the benefits are commuted or payment of the benefits is suspended, and

    • (b) for greater certainty, retirement benefits provided to the member under the provision in accordance with paragraph 8506(1)(e.1); (prestation viagère)

    multi-employer plan

    multi-employer plan in a calendar year means

    • (a) a pension plan in respect of which it is reasonable to expect, at the beginning of the year (or at the time in the year when the plan is established, if later), that at no time in the year will more than 95 per cent of the active members of the plan be employed by a single participating employer or by a related group of participating employers, other than a plan where it is reasonable to consider that one of the main reasons there is more than one employer participating in the plan is to obtain the benefit of any of the provisions of the Act or these Regulations that are applicable only in respect of multi-employer plans, or

    • (b) a pension plan that is, in the year, a specified multi-employer plan,

    and, for the purposes of this definition, 2 corporations that are related to each other solely by reason that they are both controlled by Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province shall be deemed not to be related persons; (régime interentreprises)

    pensionable service

    pensionable service of a member of a pension plan under a defined benefit provision of the plan means the periods in respect of which lifetime retirement benefits are provided to the member under the provision; (services validables)

    period of disability

    period of disability of an individual means a period throughout which the individual is disabled; (période d’invalidité)

    predecessor employer

    predecessor employer means, in relation to a particular employer, an employer (in this definition referred to as the “vendor”) who has sold, assigned or otherwise disposed of all or part of the vendor’s business or undertaking or all or part of the assets of the vendor’s business or undertaking to the particular employer or to another employer who, at any time after the sale, assignment or other disposition, becomes a predecessor employer in relation to the particular employer, if all or a significant number of employees of the vendor have, in conjunction with the sale, assignment or disposition, become employees of the employer acquiring the business, undertaking or assets; (employeur remplacé)

    public pension benefits

    public pension benefits means amounts that are payable on a periodic basis under the Canada Pension Plan, a provincial pension plan as defined in section 3 of the Canada Pension Plan, or Part I of the Old Age Security Act, but does not include disability, death or survivor benefits provided under those Acts; (prestation de pension de l’État)

    public safety occupation

    public safety occupation means the occupation of

    • (a) firefighter,

    • (b) police officer,

    • (c) corrections officer,

    • (d) air traffic controller,

    • (e) commercial airline pilot, or

    • (f) paramedic; (profession liée à la sécurité publique)

    retirement benefits

    retirement benefits provided to an individual under a benefit provision of a pension plan means benefits provided to the individual under the provision that are payable on a periodic basis; (prestation de retraite)

    surplus

    surplus under a money purchase provision of a pension plan at any time means such portion, if any, of the amount held at that time in respect of the provision as has not been allocated to members and is not reasonably attributable to

    • (a) forfeited amounts under the provision or earnings of the plan that are reasonably attributable to those amounts,

    • (b) contributions made under the provision by an employer that will be allocated to members as part of the regular allocation of such contributions, or

    • (c) earnings of the plan (other than earnings that are reasonably attributable to the surplus under the provision before that time) that will be allocated to members as part of the regular allocation of such earnings; (surplus)

    totally and permanently disabled

    totally and permanently disabled means, in relation to an individual, suffering from a physical or mental impairment that prevents the individual from engaging in any employment for which the individual is reasonably suited by virtue of the individual’s education, training or experience and that can reasonably be expected to last for the remainder of the individual’s lifetime; (invalidité totale et permanente)

    Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings

    Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings for a calendar year has the meaning assigned by section 18 of the Canada Pension Plan. (maximum des gains annuels ouvrant droit à pension)

  • (1.1) The definition surplus in subsection (1) applies for the purpose of subsection 147.3(7.1) of the Act.

  • (1.2) The definition predecessor employer in subsection (1) applies for the purpose of subsection 147.2(8) of the Act.

  • (2) All words and expressions used in this Part that are defined in subsection 147.1(1) of the Act or in Part LXXXIII have the meanings assigned in those provisions.

  • (3) For the purposes of this Part, a person is connected with an employer at any time where, at that time, the person

    • (a) owns, directly or indirectly, not less than 10 per cent of the issued shares of any class of the capital stock of the employer or of any other corporation that is related to the employer,

    • (b) does not deal at arm’s length with the employer, or

    • (c) is a specified shareholder of the employer by reason of paragraph (d) of the definition specified shareholder in subsection 248(1) of the Act,

    and, for the purposes of this subsection,

    • (d) a person shall be deemed to own, at any time, each share of the capital stock of a corporation owned, at that time, by a person with whom the person does not deal at arm’s length,

    • (e) where shares of the capital stock of a corporation are owned at any time by a trust,

      • (i) if the share of any beneficiary in the income or capital of the trust depends on the exercise by any person of, or the failure by any person to exercise, any discretionary power, each beneficiary of the trust shall be deemed to own, at that time, all the shares owned by the trust, and

      • (ii) in any other case, each beneficiary of a trust shall be deemed to own, at that time, that proportion of the shares owned by the trust that the fair market value at that time of the beneficiary’s beneficial interest in the trust is of the fair market value at that time of all beneficial interests in the trust,

    • (f) each member of a partnership shall be deemed to own, at any time, that proportion of all shares of the capital stock of a corporation that are property of the partnership at that time that the fair market value at that time of the member’s interest in the partnership is of the fair market value at that time of the interests of all members in the partnership, and

    • (g) a person who, at any time, has a right under a contract, in equity or otherwise, either immediately or in the future and either absolutely or contingently, to, or to acquire, shares of the capital stock of a corporation shall be deemed to own, at that time, those shares if one of the main reasons for the existence of the right may reasonably be considered to be that the person not be connected with an employer.

  • (4) For the purposes of this Part, an officer who receives remuneration for holding an office shall, for any period that the officer holds the office, be deemed to render services to, and to be in the service of, the person from whom the officer receives the remuneration.

  • (5) For the purpose of this Part, spouse and former spouse of a particular individual include another individual who is a party to a void or voidable marriage with the particular individual.

  • (6) Where this Part provides that an amount is to be determined by aggregating the durations of periods that satisfy specified conditions, a period shall be included in determining the aggregate only if it is not part of a longer period that satisfies the conditions.

  • (7) For the purposes of the definition active member in subsection (1), subparagraph 8503(3)(a)(v) and paragraphs 8504(7)(d), 8506(2)(c.1) and 8507(3)(a), the portion of an amount allocated to an individual at any time under a money purchase provision of a registered pension plan that is attributable to

    • (a) forfeited amounts under the provision or earnings of the plan that are reasonably attributable to those amounts,

    • (b) a surplus under the provision,

    • (c) property transferred to the provision in respect of the actuarial surplus under a defined benefit provision of the plan or another registered pension plan, or

    • (d) property transferred to the provision in respect of the surplus under another money purchase provision of the plan or under a money purchase provision of another registered pension plan

    shall be deemed to be a contribution made under the provision on behalf of the individual at that time.

  • (8) Where an individual who is entitled to receive benefits (in this subsection referred to as “member benefits”) under a pension plan because of the individual’s membership in the plan is also entitled to receive other benefits (in this subsection referred to as “non-member benefits”) under the plan or under any other pension plan solely because of the participation of another individual in the plan or in the other plan, the following rules apply:

    • (a) for the purpose of determining whether the member benefits are permissible under this Part, the non-member benefits shall be disregarded;

    • (b) for the purpose of determining whether the non-member benefits are permissible under this Part, the member benefits shall be disregarded; and

    • (c) for the purpose of determining a pension adjustment, pension adjustment reversal or provisional past service pension adjustment of the individual under Part LXXXIII, the non-member benefits shall be disregarded.

  • (9) For the purposes of paragraph 147.3(6)(b) of the Act and subparagraphs 8502(d)(iv) and 8503(2)(h)(iii), if an amount is transferred in accordance with subsection 147.3(3) of the Act to a defined benefit provision (referred to in this subsection as the “current provision”) of a registered pension plan from a defined benefit provision (referred to in this subsection as the “former provision”) of another registered pension plan on behalf of all or a significant number of members whose benefits under the former provision are replaced by benefits under the current provision, each current service contribution made at a particular time under the former provision by a member whose benefits are so replaced is deemed to be a current service contribution made at that particular time under the current provision by the member.

  • NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text;
  • see relevant amending Acts and regulations. SOR/92-51, s. 7;
  • SOR/94-686, ss. 76(F), 78(F), 79(F);
  • SOR/95-64, s. 8;
  • SOR/99-9, s. 19;
  • SOR/2001-67, s. 5;
  • SOR/2001-188, s. 8;
  • SOR/2003-328, s. 7;
  • SOR/2005-264, s. 24;
  • 2007, c. 35, s. 82;
  • SOR/2007-116, s. 15;
  • 2011, c. 24, s. 93;
  • 2013, c. 34, s. 407.
 
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