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Annual Decision-Making Process

Changes made to the OMERS Pension Plans must be approved by the SC Board.

Early in a given calendar year the SC receives the valuation results and projections which provide the current and projected funded status. This information helps the SC define the management zone which is relevant for the particular calendar year. Having made that determination the SC will proceed with decision-making. Please be aware that on June 23, 2021, SC suspended the 2021/2022 OMERS plan change process pending its review of By-Law No. 12. The SC will be consulting with sponsors and stakeholders in the fall/winter of 2021 and 2022 on the proposed changes to the By-Law. While the review is underway, individual stakeholder requests for plan changes submitted to the SC this and next year will not be considered until a new By-law No. 12 is implemented.

Last Year's Cycle

2020 Plan Review

Following the 2020 Plan Review process, on June 24, 2020, the OMERS Sponsors Corporation Board (SC Board) approved five amendments to the OMERS Primary Pension Plan (Plan).

Every year, the SC Board reviews the health and viability of the Plan to ensure it remains sustainable, affordable and meaningful for the OMERS community. Based on the recent review, the SC Board approved the following amendments. The first three amendments were considered because of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and are effective immediately. The final two amendments were considered as a part of the annual Plan review and are not effective until January 1, 2023:

  • extending leave purchase deadlines;

  • reducing or eliminating the 36-month employment requirement for purchases of periods of reduced pay;

  • permitting temporary layoffs as purchasable service;

  • non-full-time expansion; and

  • Shared Risk Indexing.

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