Alberta Pensions Services Corporation

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Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS)
Industry Pension Administration
Founded 1995
Headquarters Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Employees 230
Website www.apsc.ca

Alberta Pensions Services Corporation, or APS, is a pension administration entity located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, APS administers seven statutory public sector pension plans and two supplementary retirement plans.[1]

History[edit]

The Public Service Pension Administration was originally a division within the Alberta Treasury Department (now Alberta Finance). In 1995, Alberta Pensions Administration Corporation (APA) was incorporated under Alberta's Business Corporations Act [2] with the Government of Alberta as the sole shareholder.[3] In 2009, Alberta Pensions Administration Corporation changed its name to Alberta Pensions Services Corporation.[4]

Governance[edit]

The Government of Alberta is the sole shareholder of Alberta Pensions Services Corporation. APS has a Board of Directors composed of 10 members: the Chair, one director nominated by each of the Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP), Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP), Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) and Special Forces Pension Plan (SFPP) boards; a representative of the shareholder; and four independent directors who are not employed by the Government of Alberta.[5]

Pension Administration[edit]

APS currently provides pension administration services to over 500 participating employers across Alberta and pension-related services to more than 320,000 members and pensioners.[6] These services include:

  • Contributions and records maintenance
  • Member, pensioner and employer communications
  • Benefit calculations
  • Benefit disbursements
  • Plan board support, including legal services, except for the LAPP Board, which is supported by LAPP Corp.
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Communications design and delivery
  • Compliance, regulatory and plan financial reporting

The Plans[edit]

APS administers the following plans on behalf of its sole shareholder, the Alberta Minister of Finance:

  • Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) – established in 1947, this plan is for employees of the Alberta government and other public service organizations.[7]
  • Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) – this plan was established in 1962 for employees of local authorities in Alberta including cities, towns, villages, municipal districts, hospitals, colleges, school boards and many other public service organizations. LAPP is the largest public sector pension plan in the province.[8]
  • Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) – the foundations of this plan were established in 1972. Then known as the Public Service Management Pension Plan for management employees of the Alberta government and other public sector organizations. In 1994 the Plan changed and was renamed MEPP.[9]
  • Special Forces Pension Plan (SFPP) – established in 1979 for police officers, police chiefs, and deputy chiefs employed by local authorities in Alberta.[10]
  • Provincial Judges and Masters in Chambers Pension Plan (Registered) and Supplementary Retirement Plan for Provincial Judges and Masters in Chambers (Unregistered); collectively known as the “Judges Pension Plan” – the registered part of the Plan provides benefits up to the maximum allowed for registered pension plans under federal tax rules. The unregistered part of the Plan provides benefits in excess of those limits. Established in 2001 with provisions retroactive to April 1, 1998, the Judges Pension Plan replaced the Provincial Judges and Masters in Chambers Pension Plan established September 1, 1988. Prior to that, judges and masters in chambers contributed to the Public Service Management Pension Plan.[11]
  • Supplementary Retirement Plan for Public Service Managers [12] – established on July 1, 1999, this plan provides additional pension benefits to public service managers of designated employers who participate in the Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) and whose annual salary exceeds the yearly maximum pensionable earnings limit under Canada’s Income Tax Act.[13]
  • Public Service Management (Closed Membership) Pension Plan (Closed Plan) – established in 1972 for management employees of the Government of Alberta and approved agencies, boards and commissions. In 1993, new legislation divided the plan into the Public Service Management Pension Plan (Closed Plan) and the Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP). Members who left the plan or retired before August 1, 1992, as well as those who had 35 years of pensionable service by August 1, 1992, became members of the Closed Plan. Funding for the Closed Plan is the responsibility of the Government of Alberta. Active members as of August 1, 1992 became members of MEPP.[14]
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly Pension Plan – active participation in this plan ended in 1989, and the plan was closed.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Corporate Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Business Corporations Act - Alberta's Queen's Printer Website". May 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Agencies Accountable to the Alberta Minister of Finance - Government of Alberta Website". August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Corporate Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Corporate Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2013 APS Annual Report - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Corporate Website". May 2014. Retrieved June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Public Service Pension Plan Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Local Authorities Pension Plan Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  9. ^ "About MEPP Section - Management Employees Pension Plan Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Special Forces Pension Plan Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Judges Member Handbook". December 2003. Retrieved August 2011. 
  12. ^ "About SRP Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Department of Justice Canada Website". June 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Closed Plan Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly Pension Plan Section - Alberta Pensions Services Corporation Corporate Website". August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. 

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