The Ontario government has been developing its Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) for Ontarians who do not have a comparable workplace pension plan. On August 11th, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced key details about the design of the ORPP, which will be phased in over the next three years.
The province clarified two key design elements which will impact OMERS and our members, employers and stakeholders. First, members of comparable pension plans such as OMERS will not be required to join the ORPP. Second, part-time and other non-full-time employees, who are not currently enrolled in OMERS, will need to either enrol in OMERS or the ORPP, as the government’s overarching philosophy is "coverage for all workers." The timeline for this second item is to be completed for no later than December 31, 2019.