Public Service Superannuation Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-36)

Act current to 2019-05-22 and last amended on 2018-10-01. Previous Versions

PART IISupplementary Death Benefits (continued)

Benefits (continued)

Marginal note:To whom benefits paid

  •  (1) Subject to section 58, benefits shall be paid as follows:

    • (a) where a deceased participant has, pursuant to any regulations made under subsection 61(1), named his estate as his beneficiary or named another beneficiary who may be named under those regulations and the beneficiary survives the participant, to the beneficiary; and

    • (b) in any other case, to the estate of the participant or, if less than one thousand dollars, as the Minister may direct.

  • Marginal note:Transitional

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where, immediately prior to December 20, 1975, any benefit would, on the death of a participant, have become payable to his widow, the benefit shall remain payable, on his death, to his widow, unless

    • (a) she does not survive him;

    • (b) he names his estate as his beneficiary under any regulations made under paragraphs 61(1)(f) and (g); or

    • (c) he names another beneficiary under any regulations made under paragraphs 61(1)(f) and (g).

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2.1) If it is established to the satisfaction of the Minister when the participant dies that the beneficiary or widow cannot be found, the benefit shall be paid to the estate or succession of the participant or, if less than one thousand dollars, shall be paid as the Minister may direct.

  • Marginal note:How benefits paid

    (3) Subject to any regulations made under paragraph 61(1)(h), a benefit shall be paid in a lump sum.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-36, s. 55
  • 1999, c. 34, s. 104

Public Service Death Benefit Account

Marginal note:Account in Consolidated Revenue Fund

  •  (1) There shall be an account in the accounts of Canada to be known as the Public Service Death Benefit Account to which shall be credited the following:

    • (a) the amount of all contributions paid under section 53 by participants;

    • (b) the payments made by a Crown corporation or public board as required by the regulations;

    • (c) an amount equal to the amount estimated by the Minister to be sufficient to cover the cost of the benefits that will become chargeable against the Account but not less than the aggregate of

      • (i) one twelfth of the benefit paid in respect of each participant who, at the time of death, was employed in the public service, for which benefit contributions under this Part were payable by the participant at that time,

      • (ii) one twelfth of the benefit paid in respect of each elective participant who, on ceasing to be employed in the public service, was entitled under Part I to an immediate annuity or an annual allowance payable immediately, for which benefit contributions under this Part were payable by the participant at the time of death, and

      • (iii) the amount of the single premium determined under Schedule II in respect of each participant in the case of whom the basic benefit in the amount of ten thousand dollars referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition basic benefit in subsection 47(1), or the basic benefit in the amount of five hundred dollars referred to in paragraph (c) of that definition — or the basic benefit in the amount of five thousand dollars referred to in paragraph (d) of that definition — applies without contribution under this Part by the participant for it; and

    • (d) an amount representing interest on the balance from time to time to the credit of the Account, calculated in such manner and at such rates and credited at such times as the regulations provide.

    • (e) and (f) [Repealed, 1992, c. 46, s. 27]

  • Marginal note:How benefits charged

    (2) Benefits shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund and charged against the Public Service Death Benefit Account.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-36, s. 56
  • 1992, c. 46, s. 27
  • 1999, c. 34, s. 105
  • 2003, c. 22, s. 225(E)

General

Marginal note:Elective participants

  •  (1) There shall be issued to elective participants a document in such form as the regulations prescribe as evidence that they are participants under this Part.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) An elective participant ceases to be a participant if any contribution payable by him under this Part is not paid within thirty days after the due date thereof.

  • R.S., c. P-36, s. 46

Marginal note:Benefits not assignable, etc.

 Subject to Part II of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to the Pension Benefits Division Act,

  • (a) a benefit under this Part is not capable of being assigned, charged, anticipated or given as security and any transaction that purports to assign, charge, anticipate or give as security any such benefit is void; and

  • (b) a benefit under this Part is exempt from attachment, seizure and execution, either at law or in equity.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-36, s. 58
  • 1992, c. 46, s. 28

Marginal note:Valuation and assets reports

  •  (1) A valuation report and an assets report on the state of the Public Service Death Benefit Account shall be prepared, filed with the Minister and laid before Parliament in accordance with the Public Pensions Reporting Act and as if the supplementary death benefit plan established by this Part were a pension plan established under an Act referred to in subsection 3(1) of that Act.

  • Marginal note:Review dates

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the review date as of which an actuarial review of the Public Service Death Benefit Account must be conducted for the purposes of the first valuation report is December 31 in the year that is four years after the day on which this subsection comes into force and, thereafter, the review dates must not be more than three years apart.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-36, s. 59
  • 1992, c. 46, s. 28

Marginal note:Annual report

 The Minister shall lay before Parliament each year a report on the administration of this Part during the preceding fiscal year, including a statement showing the amounts that during such year were credited to or charged against the Public Service Death Benefit Account.

  • R.S., c. P-36, s. 49

Marginal note:Regulations

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations for carrying the purposes and provisions of this Part into effect and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, may make regulations

    • (a) prescribing the times as of which the reductions referred to in the definition “basic benefit” in subsection 47(1) shall be made;

    • (b) excluding any Crown corporation or public board from the operation of this Part;

    • (c) prescribing the manner and time of payment of contributions;

    • (d) prescribing the contributions to be made by elective participants and participants who are absent from duty and prescribing the conditions on which participants who are absent from duty may continue to be participants;

    • (e) respecting the manner and time of making elections under this Part;

    • (f) prescribing the manner and time of naming, changing or revoking beneficiaries under this Part;

    • (g) authorizing a contributor or a participant to name his estate as his beneficiary and prescribing classes of persons and organizations from which beneficiaries may be named for the purposes of this Part;

    • (h) authorizing payment, with the approval of the Minister, out of any benefit payable to the spouse, beneficiary or estate or succession of a deceased participant, of reasonable expenses incurred for the maintenance, medical care or burial of the participant;

    • (i) respecting the rates at which interest is to be credited to the Public Service Death Benefit Account under paragraph 56(1)(d), the manner in which it shall be calculated and the times at which it shall be credited to the Account;

    • (j) prescribing, for the purposes of the definition “salary” in subsection 47(1), the day on which a retroactive increase in pay shall be deemed to have commenced to have been received by a participant;

    • (k) prescribing the amount, time and manner of payments to be made by Crown corporations and public boards in respect of participants who are employed by those corporations or boards; and

    • (l) prescribing forms for the purposes of this Part.

  • Marginal note:Application of Part I

    (2) Section 32, except subsection (1) thereof, section 33 and paragraphs 42(1)(o), (u), (w), (z), (aa), (bb), (ee) and (ff) apply to this Part with such modifications as the circumstances require.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-36, s. 61
  • 1992, c. 46, s. 29
  • 1999, c. 34, s. 106(E)
 
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