Basics of Plan Membership

The CSSF (the Plan) is a Defined Benefit Pension Plan that provides you with a lifetime of monthly payments upon retirement. This will be a valuable financial asset when you are ready to retire.  

You are automatically enrolled in the Plan when you become permanently employed by a participating employer. You contribute to the Plan through regular payroll deductions, which are matched by your employer. Contributions to the Plan are mandatory if you are a permanent employee.

The Plan uses a formula to determine how much pension you will receive when you retire. The following components are used to calculate your CSSF benefit:

  • your career average salary at date of termination;
  • your total pensionable service at date of termination; and
  • the rate at which your pension grows (ie. accrual rate) with each year of service

For more information, see the Plan Summary (PDF).

 
Contributing to Your Pension
 
Transferring Your Past Service