Separation and Divorce
A pension earned in a registered pension plan by a pension plan member during their marriage or common-law relationship is considered part of “family property” in the event that the member’s spousal relationship ends.
There is no requirement to divide the pension - it’s up to you and your former spouse. Deciding whether or not to divide your pension assets is an important decision. Please seek independent legal advice from a family law lawyer. OMERS cannot provide you with legal or financial advice.
Separation and Divorce Post-2011 Rules
Post-2011 rules apply if your court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract was signed or executed on or after January 1, 2012.
A pension earned in a registered pension plan by a pension plan member during their marriage or common-law relationship is considered part of “family property” in the event that the member’s spousal relationship ends. There is no requirement to divide the pension - it’s up to you and your former spouse. As part of the decision-making process, you may be required to obtain a valuation of your pension benefits, which involves the following four steps:
Step 1 – Apply for a Statement of Family Law Value (FLV)
Deciding whether or not to divide your pension assets is an important decision. To begin this decision-making process, you may be required to obtain a valuation of your pension benefits (known as a Statement of Family Law Value).
Check your FSRA forms carefully before sending to OMERS!
Make sure you’ve included all the required documents listed in Part G of . For example, most applications require a FSRA Family Law Form 1343 Appendix A - Joint Declaration of Period of Spousal Relationship. Make sure you also complete any required appendices.
Step 1 FAQs
A: The first Statement of FLV issued to you or your spouse on or after March 1, 2015 will be provided at no cost.
If you have more than one membership in the OMERS Plan, you or your spouse are still only entitled to one Statement of FLV for each OMERS membership at no cost.
If you request a Statement of FLV for more than one date, the first statement issued will be provided at no cost. The Statement of FLV for the second date would cost $600.
If you and your spouse are both members of the OMERS Plan, both you and your spouse are entitled to one free Statement of FLV in respect to your individual memberships.
Please make the cheque payable to OMERS Administration Corporation.
A: Within 60 days of OMERS receiving a completed application. (Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.) If information is missing, OMERS will contact the applicant directly, or the designated contact person. OMERS cannot process statements for a future FLV Date (i.e., OMERS can only process statements after the FLV Date has occurred).
Important: When scheduling court dates or other meetings, keep in mind the 60-day processing time.
A: An eligible applicant includes:
A member of the Plan who is active, deferred or retired at the FLV date.
A former spouse of the member (only legal marriage, not common-law relationship).
An eligible applicant does not include aof a member. In this case, the member must apply. This limitation is part of the legislation.
Step 2 – OMERS Prepares Family Law Valuation
OMERS will prepare a Statement of Family Law Value Active Plan Member with a Defined Benefit Family Law Form FL-4B. This document details the value of pension assets accrued during the relationship and the maximum amount that OMERS can be directed to pay yourif your pension is divided.
Do you have more than one OMERS membership? If you have separate memberships with different OMERS employers or even with the same employer, either at the same time for different jobs or for a different period of employment, a separate Statement of FLV will be provided for each membership. Each membership is identified by the final two digits in the member’s membership number (e.g., -01 or -02) found in Part C of the Statement of Family Law Value Active Plan Member with a Defined Benefit Family Law Form FL-4B. Each membership will have its own FLV as a separate piece of property for equalization purposes. The membership status may also be different (e.g., former member or retired member status) so the form types may be different.
Step 2 FAQs
A: No. The FLV does not include benefits under the Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA) for the OMERS Primary Pension Plan or the member’s Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) value as at FLV Date. For more about the RCA and AVCs see the information at the bottom of this page.
A: Depending on the member’s status at the FLV Date, either Family Law Form FL-4B, Family Law Form FL-4D or Family Law Form FL-4E will be used. Members with more than one OMERS membership will receive a Statement of FLV for each membership.
A: Both the member and the former spouse (married or common law) will be sent a copy, regardless of who applied. If either spouse has assigned a contact person, only the contact person will be sent the statement.
Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) Provision
The FLV does not include the value of a member’s AVC account; however, AVC account information must be reported on the Family Law Form for use in the equalization of net family property.
If a member wishes to use AVC funds for separation or divorce purposes, the member can withdraw up to 50% of their AVC account balance as at the FLV Date. This withdrawal can be made at any time during the year and is subject to the applicable AVC rules (e.g.,amounts can be transferred only to another locked-in account).
To make an AVC withdrawal, the member must provide OMERS with a copy of a court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract that establishes the funds are required for an.
OMERS does not transfer funds directly from a member’s AVC account to a former spouse – any payment is made directly to the member and the member must arrange the transfer to the former spouse.
Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA)
The RCA provides benefits for earnings that exceed the defined benefit limits under the Income Tax Act.
The RCA is not governed under the Pension Benefits Act and it not included in the FLV.
A member may contact OMERS for an RCA pension estimate as at the FLV Date. With the consent of the member, OMERS will also provide the estimate to the member’s. The amount is an RCA benefit estimate only – the member or thewill have to obtain their own independent valuation of the RCA benefit.
OMERS cannot make any payment from the RCA to a person other than to the member or a survivor. Therefore, the RCA benefit cannot be split at source, similar to the.
It would be the member’s responsibility to pay theirif the RCA is split.
Step 3 – Make a decision on dividing the pension
Once you receive the Statement of Family Law Value from OMERS, you and your former spouse will need to decide if your pension will be divided.
If you decide to divide your pension, treatment of the pension amounts from the Plan must be clearly set out in the applicable marriage breakdown document (court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract). The document must indicate:
that matches the date on the Statement of Family Law Value.
Division of the pension benefit expressed as either a specified amount or a percentage of the FLV reported on the Statement of Family Law Value. For members with more than one OMERS membership, this must be set out for each membership separately.
Also, if you have an Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC) account or you are entitled to a Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA) benefit, AVCs and RCA benefits must be addressed separately in the marriage breakdown document. For more about the RCA and AVCs see .
Step 3 FAQs
A: Yes. OMERS cannot administer a payment (transfer or division of pension) from the defined benefit provision of the Plan that is more than 50% of the FLV reported in the Statement of Family Law Value (updated with interest until the settlement month). The 50% limit applies per membership (for dual members).
Also, for transfers, OMERS cannot administer a full lump-sum transfer settlement contemplated in a marriage breakdown document if all of the funds have already been from paid the Plan. If partial benefits have been paid, OMERS will not be able to include the spousal portion of benefits already paid in the transfer either.
Step 4 – Apply for a transfer or division from the OMERS Plan
If you and yourchoose to divide your OMERS pension, yourmust apply for a transfer or division from the OMERS Plan and provide the supporting documentation. OMERS will transfer or divide the pension within 60 days of receiving a completed application.
To apply to transfer the Family Law Value (FLV) from the Plan, send the following to OMERS:
1. A separation or divorce document (i.e., court order, domestic contract, family arbitration award) executed on or after January 1, 2012 that:
Is a certified document.
States the FLV Date that corresponds to the date listed in the Statement of Family Law Value.
If any of the above items is missing, your application will be considered incomplete and the separation or divorce document will need to be amended or clarified at your expense.
If the start date of spousal relationship is included, it must match the start date listed in the Statement of Family Law Value.
For members with more than one OMERS membership, only a single separation or divorce document is needed to support the application, provided the membership amounts are listed separately.
Parts A to D completed by the of the Plan member.
Part E completed with the financial institution information or Part F completed with the pension plan information.
Part H signed and dated by the of the Plan member.
For members with more than one OMERS membership, only one Direction to administrator form is required if the funds from the separate memberships are going to the same account.
The Direction to Administrator form is only required if the funds are being transferred to a locked-in retirement account, life income fund (LIF) or registered pension plan (RPP).
The Pension Benefits Act (PBA) form is required for locked-in commuted value transfers.
To apply to divide the Family Law Value (FLV) from the Plan, send the following to OMERS:
1. A marriage breakdown document (i.e., court order, domestic contract, family arbitration award) executed on or after January 1, 2012 that:
Is a certified document.
Clearly specifies the amount or percentage of the retired member's pension to be paid from OMERS to the former spouse (for each membership, if applicable).
States the FLV Date that corresponds to the date listed in the Statement of Family Law Value.
If the start date of spousal relationship is included, it must match the start date listed in the attached Statement of Family Law Value.
Parts A to D completed by theof the retired member.
Part E signed and dated by the of the retired member.
Provides OMERS with your former spouse's personal, address and banking information.
The above form provides the personal and banking information for the direct deposit payment.
Sections 1 to 3 completed by theof the retired member.
Section 4 signed by the former spouse of the retired member and a witness.
Void cheque provided for the bank account reflected in section 3.
Optional: TD1 tax forms (federal and provincial)
The Canada Revenue Agency requires that OMERS withhold tax from OMERS monthly pension payment, where necessary.
If you do not complete the TD1 tax form(s), OMERS will deduct taxes after allowing the basic personal amount only.
Important Note Regarding Arrears
Arrears represent the split pension that was not deducted from the FLV Date to the settlement month (plus interest). It is not payable in a lump sum manner; rather, it increases the deduction to the member’s pension payable to theover the remaining life of the member.
OMERS will include arrears in the division from the FLV Date to the month the division is administered unless the separation or divorce document specifies that the division of pension is not to include arrears.
If the separation or divorce document is silent or unclear, OMERS will calculate and include arrears. Language such as “the parties will divide the pension only on a go-forward basis” will not be considered sufficient to exclude arrears. This is required under the governing framework.
Once the pension, including arrears, has commenced payment, if further adjustments are required, OMERS will only adjust the division to exclude arrears on a prospective basis. Any payments already made will be up to the parties to manage. We would require an amendment or clarification to the separation or divorce document to make this change.
Top 4 reasons your Family Law Value application could be delayed
1. Start Date and Separation Date
Discrepancy between the Start Date and Separation Date on Family Law Form FL-1 vs. Appendix A - Joint Declaration of a Period of Spousal Relationship.
Incomplete Start Date and/or Separation Date (e.g., March 2000).
Proof of Start Date and/or Separation Date not included.
Amendments to the Application for Family Law Value not initialed by the applicant.
The fee is missing or it's included when it's not required.
4. Missing information
Proof of age for theof the Plan member.
Direct contact information for each party.
FSRA Family Law Forms Reference Guide
FSRA Family Law Forms Reference Guide
Separation and Divorce: Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to questions about post-2012 separation and divorce rules.
FSRA refers to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario.
General Questions about the Statement of Family Law Value (FLV)
No. A common-law spouse of a member is not an eligible applicant. An eligible applicant includes a member or a former spouse who is/was legally married to the member.
No. The Retirement Income Estimator is not designed to perform these calculations.
Yes and no.
A former legally married spouse can apply for a Statement of FLV. A common-law spouse cannot. OMERS will provide the Statement of FLV to both the member and the former spouse (or designated contact person), regardless of who applied – this is a legal requirement.
Post-2011 rules apply if your court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract was signed or executed on or after January 1, 2012. The date your pension started is not a factor. However, membership status (active, former, or retired), at the separation date (FLV Date) will determine how the FLV is calculated and the payment options if your FLV is divided as part of an equalization payment.
No, the application for the Statement of FLV is not mandatory.
No, you or your former spouse who is/was legally married to you can apply at any time. However, you must match what you submitted in the Application for Family Law Value Family Law Form FL-1.
No. It means that that you (the member) must initiate the process by applying for the Statement of FLV from OMERS. Once you apply, a common-law former spouse is treated the same as a legally married former spouse for the purpose of a Statement of FLV.
After a Statement of FLV has been issued, the common-law former spouse can apply for a transfer or division from the OMERS Plan.
If both yourself and your former spouse are Plan members and wish to receive a Statement of Family Law Value for each of your pensions, you will need to submit separate Statement of Family Law Value applications in relation to each individual.
If you and your former spouse want to value the Plan’s benefit,
Statement of Family Law Value is the legal statement that provides this value. It is referred to as the Statement of Family Law Value (FLV).
Application for Family Law Value provided to OMERS.
As the administrator of the Plan, OMERS prepares and provides the Statement of FLV and provides copies to both the member and the former spouse.
Statement of FLV Application Process
Joint Declaration of Period of Spousal Relationship
(Appendix A - Joint Declaration of Period of Spousal Relationship);
Certified copy of a court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract;
Certified copy of a marriage certificate can be used as proof of the starting date of the spousal relationship; or
Appendix B - Request for Two Family Law Values for proof of separation date when using two dates.
In addition to the proof of spousal relationship dates which must be submitted with your , you must submit copies of you and your former spouse’s proofs of age (e.g., birth certificate). Certified original documents are not required.
The first Statement of FLV issued to you and your former spouse will be provided at no cost. Any subsequent applications made by you or your former legally married spouse will cost $600 per Statement of FLV.
Note: If you request a Statement of FLV for more than one date, the first statement issued will be provided at no cost, the second date, however, would cost $600.
Make the cheque payable to the "OMERS Administration Corporation."
The $600 fee paid is not considered a contribution to the Plan and it is not tax deductible. OMERS can issue a receipt, but the receipt will state that this is not a Plan contribution.
If you and your former spouse have not agreed to or determined your FLV Date, fill out Appendix B - Request for Two Family Law Values.
If you and your spouse later decide to apply for a transfer or division from the OMERS Plan, one FLV Date must be confirmed. That date must correspond with one of the dates on Appendix B - Request for Two Family Law Values.
Submit one Statement of FLV application to OMERS. While only one application is required, two Statement of FLV packages are provided.
Yes. Regardless of who applies OMERS is required to send copies to both the member and the former spouse.
Send your application for the Statement of FLV and required documents to:
900-100 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON M5H 0E2
Important! To avoid delays, be sure to include all required forms, documents and a cheque to cover the cost of the fee (if applicable).
Calculating the Family Law Value (FLV)
The 2012 rules specifically refer to an amount calculated by OMERS and reported on the Statement of FLV. While you are not prevented from getting a second opinion at your own expense, OMERS cannot accept a third-party valuation as a basis for OMERS FLV valuation.
OMERS determination of the FLV will comply with legal requirements. If you believe that the information used in the calculation of the FLV is incorrect, contact OMERS.
If you purchased service in the OMERS Plan during your spousal period (based on the date funds were deposited), it will be included as part of the benefit earned during spousal period even if the actual time period of service purchased did not occur during the spousal period.
If your credited service increased due to an omission period, it will only be included as part of your FLV if the dates that the omission occurred fell within your spousal period.
The pension valuation for marriage breakdown is the process to calculate the FLV. OMERS uses a method that involves using contributory earnings and credited service (as at the FLV Date), legally required assumptions and the terms of the OMERS Plan to calculate the FLV through a formula set in the law.
The assumptions used are disclosed on the Statement of FLV. The FLV must be calculated according to requirements established by the law so the methods and formulae are standardized.
If you transferred service in through a reciprocal or divestment transfer agreement, the service is included if it occurred during the spousal period despite when it may have been transferred. Note: service that is not transferred in under one of these agreements is treated the same as a purchased leave or buy-back.
Dividing the Plan Benefit
No. If you were active at your FLV Date and your former spouse is eligible for a lump sum transfer the amount must be transferred to a locked-in retirement account (LIRA), a life income fund (LIF) or another registered pension plan (RPP) within Canada.
No, there is no time limit to apply for the division of the member’s pension. However, it is important to keep in mind that the member’s pension can be reduced by more than 50% if arrears are applicable.
No, there is no time limit to apply. However, if a member’s circumstances change, the amount available for transfer may be affected. For example, if a member retires and starts collecting their pension, the amount available to transfer from OMERS to the former spouse will be less than the FLV amount quoted on the Statement of FLV. This is because the member was in receipt of a pension that did not factor in any payments that could have been made to the former spouse. The difference between the FLV amount quoted and the amount that OMERS can pay is outside of OMERS, and between the member and his or her former spouse.
If the settlement between you and your former spouse requires OMERS to transfer or divide the Plan benefit (as applicable), the following must be submitted to OMERS:
If a Statement of Family Law Value was issued to you and your former spouse:
Certified copy of a court order, domestic contract or family arbitration award (as applicable) executed on or after January 1, 2012, under the Ontario, Family Law Act that provides for a division of the Plan benefit
Direction to administrator form
If a Statement of Family Law Value Retired Member with a Defined Benefit Pension Family Form FL-4E was issued to you and your former spouse:
Yes, OMERS requires the entire document.
No, to transfer or divide your OMERS pension, OMERS requires a court order issued by the Ontario Superior Court or the Family Court of the Ontario Superior Court. Alternatively, you can execute a domestic contract or a family arbitration award executed under the Ontario Family Law Act in place of a court order.
Yes. A divorce granted outside of Ontario has no impact in regards to your application.
If an amendment has been made to your legal document pertaining to your pension prior to a transfer or division, submit certified copies of the amended documents.
The legal document must give clear direction stating that OMERS is to perform the division under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (PBA) (do not reference the Pension Benefits Division Act (PBDA), for example). Please ensure the document also includes the following:
The FLV Date (which must match FLV Date in the Statement of Family Law Value).
Clearly specifies the transfer amount or percentage (not to exceed 50%) of the FLV that is to be paid from the Plan.
Important! If you received an Active Plan Member with a Defined Benefit Family Law Form FL-4B or a Statement of Family Law Value Former Plan Member Family Law Form FL-4D: Interest will be added to the former spouse’s share of the FLV from the FLV Date to the beginning of the month in which the transfer is made if the former spouse’s share is expressed as a proportion (i.e. percentage) of the FLV in the parties’ legal document or if the legal document explicitly requires that interest be paid on the amount.
Important! If you received a Statement of Family Law Value Retired Member with a Defined Benefit Pension Family Law Form FL-4E: OMERS will include arrears in the division from the FLV Date to the month the division is administered unless the marriage breakdown document specifies that the division of pension is to not include arrears.
A “certified copy” is a copy of the original document with the signature and official stamp of an appropriate authority indicating that they have viewed the original document and that the copy they are signing is a true copy.
Please be advised that OMERS will only accept certification of court orders, arbitration awards, separation agreements or other domestic contracts by the following individuals:
Commissioner of Oaths
Yes, OMERS will accept a separation agreement because it is a domestic contract. There are three types of domestic contracts: marriage contract, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements.
Separation agreements are the most common type of domestic contract negotiated between couples. Any court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract submitted to OMERS will need to be a certified copy in order to be accepted for the purpose of your FLV application.
Post Division Impact to Your Pension
No, it's not allowed under the Income Tax Act and the OMERS Plan’s provisions.
No, your retirement eligibility for both your normal retirement date and earliest unreduced retirement date will not change as a result of a division. The service you have accrued in the Plan remains the same for eligibility purposes.
No, OMERS cannot provide you an estimate of the impact to your pension. You have to apply for a Statement of FLV and, if you go through with the division, OMERS will provide a Marriage Breakdown Supplement to your Pension Report. This supplement will disclose the ongoing pension carve out taking into account the FLV transfer out payment.
No, the division will not affect your "best five" earnings.
No, amounts shown on your Pension Report will not reflect the amount that has been carved out. Rather, you will receive an annual Marriage Breakdown Supplement, which provides details on the current carve-out amount.
Unfortunately, OMERS can only provide the current value of the carve-out in each year following the transfer, and not an estimated amount of the carve-out at future retirement dates.
Yes, whether the division is affected through a lump-sum transfer or split of the pension payments, your pension will be adjusted and reduced to account for the value paid out to your former spouse.
If you and your former spouse were married; and
not living separate and apart at your retirement date; or
your former spouse did not waive their entitlement to survivor benefits within the 12-month period prior to your retirement date;
your former spouse will get a survivor pension for the remainder of their life.
If you were in a common-law relationship, in addition to the criteria above, your former common-law spouse will be eligible for survivor benefits;
provided you and they were not living separate and apart at your retirement date and had a spousal relationship for a period of not less than three years before your retirement date; or
you were in a relationship of some permanence at your retirement date, if you were parents of a child as set out in section 4 of the Children’s Law Reform Act.
If you pass away before your former spouse and they are not your retirement-date spouse, there are no further benefits payable following your death.
Normally, your pension will be restored to its full amount. However, if the legal document provides for it, payments can continue to be paid to your former spouse’s estate.
Glossary of Terms
Arrears Split pension amounts not deducted from a retired member’s pension payments from the FLV Date to the settlement month (plus interest) spread over the assumed lifetime of the member. Arrears increase the permanent deduction to the member’s pension payable to the former spouse over the remaining life of the member – they are not payable as a lump sum.
“Best Five” The annual average of the 60 consecutive months during which the member's contributory earnings were at their highest. It does not include any overtime pay or most lump sum payments. It may, however, include earnings from a period of service that was transferred-in from another registered pension plan.
If the member has less than five years of, we use actual credited service to calculate average earnings.
Carve Out The estimated future FLV amount that will be deducted from a member’s OMERS pension. The estimate is updated annually and provided to the member on their Pension Report Supplement until retirement.
Equalization Payment A family law term that refers to the “payment” one spouse will owe the other to account for the difference between the net family property they accumulated during their spousal relationship. The FLV amount is used for both the equalization of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act (FLA) and the division of pensions under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (PBA).
Family Law Value (FLV) The calculation of the pension assets earned during the spousal period. The FLV represents the pension value that the parties will need to include in net family property.
If the pension is divided, the settlement from OMERS is limited to 50% of the FLV. Note: If arrears are included, a retired member's pension may be reduced beyond 50%.
Family Law Valuation Date (FLV Date) The separation date agreed to by the parties for the purpose of dividing family property. For post-2012 rules, the FLV Date must be set out in the Application for Family Law Value and in the corresponding court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract (if applicable).
Former Spouse The non-member spouse of an OMERS member, whether or not the separation or divorce is officially completed. If both parties are OMERS members, the former spouse is the spouse referred to in Part D of the .
Separation and Divorce Pre-2012 Rules
This information applies if a Plan member's court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract was signed or executed prior to January 1, 2012. (A separation agreement is a form of domestic contract.)
"Former spouse" refers to the non-member spouse whether or not the separation/divorce is officially complete. "Parties" refers to the member and the former spouse.
Applicable Legislation – Timing of Payment
A member's former spouse cannot receive a settlement from the Plan until the member's date of termination of employment, retirement date or the date of the member's death.
Separation or Divorce Documents
For OMERS to administer a division of a member's pension benefit, OMERS must have the separation or divorce document on file. This refers to a court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract (e.g., a separation agreement). Clear wording in these documents is very important as it will impact OMERS ability to administer the pension division.
OMERS Administrative Process
OMERS will examine the applicable separation or divorce document and administer its terms according to the applicable legislation and the Plan text.
The document should have clear directions for OMERS to divide the pension benefit, and if applicable, under a variety of circumstances (the member's termination of employment or retirement, or the death of either party).
If the document lacks detail, or suggests that OMERS must act in a manner that would not comply with governing legislation and/or the Plan text, OMERS will not be able to administer a pension division. For example, the separation or divorce document cannot require OMERS to consider the former spouse as the spouse who will receive survivor benefits if the former spouse does not meet the eligibility criteria for survivor benefits under the Plan.
If the applicable document provides clear instructions that are possible for OMERS to administer, OMERS can pay a benefit to a member's former spouse once the benefit becomes available to the member (that is, upon termination of employment, retirement, or the member's death). Again, the language must be clear enough for OMERS to do so.
It is not possible to divide a pension benefit while the member remains active in the OMERS Plan.
OMERS can pay to the former spouse a maximum of 50% of the pension benefit accrued by the member under the defined benefit provision of the Plan during the spousal period. This does not include any salary or plan improvements that occur after the separation or divorce.
If OMERS does not have authorization under the separation or divorce document to pay the former spouse directly, OMERS will accept the member's written authorization to do so. However, if OMERS does not have either authority, the member will be responsible for making the payment to the former spouse. OMERS will need the former spouse's full name, current address, social insurance number and, if applicable, direct deposit information. The former spouse will be taxed on their portion.
Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC)
If a member wishes to use funds from his or her AVC account for separation or divorce purposes, the member can withdraw up to 50% of his or her AVC account balance determined as of the FLV Date. This withdrawal can be made at any time during the year and is subject to the applicable rules for the AVC provision of the Plan (e.g.,amounts can be transferred only to another locked-in account). Before such a withdrawal can be made, the member will have to establish that the funds are required for an equalization payment (e.g., provide OMERS with a copy of court order, family arbitration award or domestic contract that contains appropriate language). Please note that OMERS does not transfer funds directly from a member's AVC account to a former spouse, so any payment must be made initially to the member and then the member must arrange the transfer to the former spouse.
Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA)
The RCA provides benefits in respect of contributory earnings foraccrued after 1991 that exceed the defined benefit limits for registered pension plans as prescribed by the Income Tax Act and Income Tax Regulation.
The RCA is not governed under the PBA, so it is not administered like the Plan. OMERS does not make any payment from the RCA to a person other than to the member (or their survivors). Therefore, the RCA benefit cannot be split at source similar to the defined benefit provision of the Plan. It will be the responsibility of the member to pay their former spouse to complete any split of the member's RCA benefit.