CPP Pension Clawback for military workers: Unconstitutional? Unforgivable?

Canadian military in Afghanistan.

 

Is the CPP Pension Clawback for military workers unconstitutional and unforgivable?

 

I can’t say any of this better than was written in a petition to correct this injustice on the Change.org site that I once signed.

This not only applies to military personnel, but to government personnel as well.

I was forced to to take medical retirement after almost five years working for Canada Corrections. I learned I would receive approximately $350 and was shocked to find out that my ‘take home’ from that would be about half.

I didn’t expect much for my medical retirement pension – after all, I was only there five years. However, considering all of my mental and health issues are due in large part to the extremely stressful, hostile environment in which I worked, I do think we deserve better. I was completely dismayed to learn that when I turn 65, my pension will be clawed back in the amount of the CPP pension.

While actively employed, I contributed to CPP as well as making very substantial payments into the superannuation (pension) fund.

This is an issue that needs to be resolved for all government employees, service men and women and civilians alike.

Although I’m not military myself, I grew up in a military family and I’m married to a retired military man working in his field as a civilian for a company contracted to the Canadian military.

The Change.org petition describes the military situation in much more detail, as I’ve quoted below. If you feel as we do, please, ‘please’ sign the petition.

 

Background

CPP Pension Clawback for military workers
CPP Pension Clawback for military workers.

Our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, those who have served Canada and all Canadians, decide to retire.

They get an extremely meeger pension as long as they have served a minimum of 20 years.

Once they turn 65 years of age, the Canadian Government takes back (claws-back) from these men and women the amount equal to their Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). Subsequently, this meeger pension simply becomes a token with little value after all they have given. Truly an insult.!

CPP Pension Clawback for military workers
CPP Pension Clawback for military workers.

 

Current

The issue I have, and I believe all Canadians would have (if they were made aware of it), is that these very same unique men and women, pay into and contribute to the Old Age Security (OAS) program their entire lives.

They pay into and contribute to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) their entire lives.

They pay into and contribute to the Employment Insurance (EI) program their entire lives.

However, at age 65, the government of the very Country they have sworn to protect decide to penalize them, simply for growing older, by continuing to enforce a CPP Pension Clawback for military and federal government workers.

The Canadian Forces pension plan that they work towards every moment of their lives/career is their right, more so than any other plan.

The OAS program in which they have participated and contributed to their entire working life is simply, their right.

The CPP program in which they have participated and contributed to their entire working life is simply, their right.

At no time should one reflect upon the other.

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About Christine Blythe

A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, Top Web Blog Tips, Job Bully, and our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.

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