Pension Benefits Division Act

Version of section 4 from 2003-09-01 to 2020-07-28:


Marginal note:Application

  •  (1) A member of a pension plan or a spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner of a member may, in the circumstances described in subsection (2), apply to the Minister to divide the member’s pension benefits between the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner.

  • Marginal note:Circumstances in which application may be made

    (2) The circumstances in which an application may be made are:

    • (a) where a court in Canada of competent jurisdiction, in proceedings in relation to divorce, annulment of marriage or separation, makes an order that provides for the pension benefits to be divided between the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner; or

    • (b) where the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner are living separate and apart, having lived separate and apart for a period of at least one year and, either before or after they commenced to live separate and apart,

      • (i) a court in Canada of competent jurisdiction makes an order that provides for the pension benefits to be divided between them, or

      • (ii) the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner have entered into a written agreement that provides for the pension benefits to be divided between them.

  • Marginal note:Calculation of period of separation

    (3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(b),

    • (a) the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner are deemed to have lived separate and apart for any period during which they lived apart and either of them had the intention to live separate and apart from the other; and

    • (b) a period during which the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner have lived separate and apart shall not be considered to have been interrupted or terminated by reason only

      • (i) that the member or the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner has become incapable of forming or having an intention to continue to live separate and apart or of continuing to live separate and apart of the member’s or the spouse’s, former spouse’s or former common-law partner’s own volition, if it appears to the Minister that the separation would probably have continued if the member or the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner had not become so incapable, or

      • (ii) that the member and the spouse, former spouse or former common-law partner have resumed cohabitation during a period of, or periods totalling, not more than ninety days with reconciliation as its primary purpose.

  • Marginal note:Form of application, etc.

    (4) An application must

    • (a) be made in writing and contain the prescribed information; and

    • (b) be accompanied by a certified true copy of the court order or agreement and such other documents as are prescribed.

  • 1992, c. 46, Sch. II, s. 4
  • 2000, c. 12, ss. 244, 249, 250(E), 251(E)
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