Member News

CSSB Office Closed - September 15, 2021

In respect and recognition of the National Truth and Reconciliation Day, the CSSB office will be closed on September 30, 2021.

July 2021 Pension Payments Include 2020 Cost-of-Living Increase - July 23, 2021

The Board approved a 0.49% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for eligible pension recipients, which will be included in the July 2021 pension payments. 
 
This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2020, which was 0.73%. A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.
 
This increase also applies to eligible members with a deferred account.
 
The actuary has continued to express concern that, unless changes are made, the Account will not be able to meet the target of granting additional COLA’s each year at the rate of 2/3 of the increase in the Consumer Price Index. The Board shares this concern. 
 
The Superannuation and Insurance Liaison Committee, which represents plan members in negotiating plan benefits, is studying the sustainability of the COLA Account.
 

CSSB 2020 Annual Report is now available! - July 7, 2021

 

The 2020 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Changes to the Civil Service Superannuation Act - October 15, 2020 

 

Bill 43, The Civil Service Superannuation Amendment Act, received Royal Assent in the Manitoba legislature on October 14, 2020.This Bill changes the provisions of the Civil Service Superannuation Fund pension plan, and became effective immediately.

 

For additional information, click here.

2020 T4A's are in the Mail - February 20, 2021

T4A’s in respect of pension payments made in 2020 have been sent to Canada Post for mailing.

 

Your T4A will have been mailed to you if you are not registered for Online Services, or if you are registered for Online Services but you had not accessed your T4A at the time the forms were printed.

 

If you are registered for Online Services, you can still access you 2020 T4A from there.

July 2020 Pension Payments Include 2019 Cost-of-Living Increase

July 17, 2020

The Board approved a 1.50% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for eligible pension recipients, which will be included in the July 2020 pension payments.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2019, which was 2.25%.

A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

 

This increase also applies to eligible members with a deferred account.

 

The actuary has continued to express concern that, unless changes are made, the Account will not be able to meet the target of granting additional COLA’s each year at the rate of 2/3 of the increase in the Consumer Price Index. The Board shares this concern.

 

The Superannuation and Insurance Liaison Committee, which represents plan members in negotiating plan benefits, is studying the sustainability of the COLA Account.

CSSB 2019 Annual Report is now available!

July 16, 2020

The 2019 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Potential Changes to the Civil Service Superannuation Act

May 19, 2020

Bill 43, The Civil Service Superannuation Amendment Act, is currently being considered in the Manitoba Legislature. If passed, the amendment will affect the calculation of termination lump sum benefits and will extend the timeline to purchase service for periods of maternity and parental leave. See details here

Covid-19 Update

March 27, 2020

The Civil Service Superannuation Board is committed to two priorities during this strange and difficult time:

 

1)  We will take the actions we need to take to protect the health of our staff and our members.

 

As of March 30, 2020, this means:

  • Our office is closed to the public. Click here for other ways to connect with us.

  • Personal meetings between CSSB staff and plan members will be held via telephone.

  • Pre-retirement seminars will be cancelled. Members can view an online pre-retirement seminar by logging in to their Online Services account.

  • Walk-in meetings will not be accepted.

  • Personal drop off or pickup of documents or other items will not be accepted.

  • Mail will be sent out from our office once a week.

 

Since most of our staff will be working remotely, there may be some delay in processing benefits and providing calculations. It may also mean that we won’t be able to respond to questions quite as quickly as we have in the past. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

 

If you have a question or a request for the CSSB, it is highly recommended that you email askus@cssb.mb.ca.

 

 

2)  We will ensure that monthly pension payments continue to be paid without interruption.

 

The March pension payroll has been processed and pensions will be available by direct deposit on Monday, March 30.

 

Payment of monthly pensions has always been our highest priority function. We have processes and back up plans in place to make sure that pensions will continue to be paid.

 

Things are changing rapidly as governments and organizations respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check our website for updates as this situation evolves.

Reserve Your Spot in a 2020 Seminar

December 5, 2019

Our 2020 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in our Seminars Section.

 

Employees can register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services website www.cssb.mypension.ca

 

CSSB Board Election Results

December 4, 2019

The election of employee representatives to the CSSB took place this past fall with ballots counted over the last few days.

 

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ray Erb, Mr. Jody Gillis, and Mr. Doug Troke have been elected to three-year terms effective January 1, 2020.

 

In addition, Mr. C. Reed Winstone has been elected as the Manitoba Hydro Group employee representative.

CSSB 2018 Annual Report is now available!

October 9, 2019

The 2018 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Election of Employee Representatives in Progress

September 3, 2019

The Civil Service Superannuation Board (the Board) consists of nine members, four of which are elected to represent the employees in the plan. The CSSB office is in the process of distributing ballot packages for this election to all eligible employees.

 

You are eligible to vote if:

 

  • you were a contributor to the Civil Service Superannuation Fund on the last day of the last pay period ending in 2018, AND

  • you are still a contributor as of November 29, 2019.

 

If you believe you are eligible to vote and have not received a ballot package, please contact the CSSB office at 204-946-3200 or toll free at 1-800-432-5134.

 

Ballots must be returned to the General Manager of the Board before 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019. Any ballots received after that time will not be counted.

July 2019 Pension Payments Include 2018 Cost-of-Living Increase

July 23, 2019

The Board approved a 1.33% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for eligible pension recipients, which will be included in the July 2019 pension payments.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2018. A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

 

This increase also applies to eligible members with a deferred account

2018 T4A's are in the Mail

February 15, 2019

T4A’s in respect of pension payments made in 2018 have been sent to Canada Post for mailing.

 

Your T4A will have been mailed to you if you are not registered for Online Services, or if you are registered for Online Services but you had not accessed your T4A at the time the forms were printed.

 

If you are registered for Online Services, you can still access you 2018 T4A from there.

CSSF 2018 T4A's are available on Online Services Accounts

January 16, 2019

T4A's in respect of pension payments made from the Civil Service Superannuation Fund in 2018 have been posted to members Online Services Accounts.

 

For members who are not registered for Online Services or who receive a pension from one of the other plans administered by the Board, T4A's will be mailed out by the end of February.

 

Online T4A's that have not been retrieved by that time will be printed and mailed.

CSSB Mail During Rotating Postal Strikes

November 16, 2018

The government’s Mail Distribution Agency (MDA) is continuing to operate its regular mail service during the rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

 

As long as MDA is able to provide this service, the Board will continue to send outgoing mail as we always have. However, there may be delays in receiving correspondence if rotating strikes are affecting your area or due to backlogs created by the mail disruption.

 

If you are expecting mail from us and would prefer to have it sent to your Online Services Document Centre, or if you are expecting a cheque to be mailed and would prefer to make arrangements to pick it up, please contact our office at 204-946-3200, or toll free (within Canada) at 1-800-432-5134, or by emailing askus@cssb.mb.ca.

 

Pension payments made by direct deposit would not be affected by a postal disruption.

 

The Board will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates if the situation changes.  

 

Please see the attached Postal Disruption Q & A for additional detail.

 

POSTAL DISRUPTION Q&A

 

Q – What other methods can I use to send documents to CSSB, or get documents from them?

 

A – There are several alternatives available:

 

  • If you are registered for Online Services you can receive documents through your Document Centre, and can use the “Send us a Document” feature to upload documents and send them to the Board. If you are not yet registered for Online Services, you can register by going to www.cssb.mb.ca and clicking on “Go to CSSB Online Services. You will be redirected to our online services website. Once there, select “Register Online” for further instructions.

  • Most documents can be exchanged via fax.

  • Some documents can be exchanged as attachments to email, but for security reasons we will not email anything containing personal information, and strongly recommend that you do not send personal information by email.

  • Documents can be delivered to us or picked up at our office at 1200-444 St Mary Avenue. We will not send documents by courier and will not make arrangements to do so, however you are free to make your own arrangements for a courier. We will require your written authorization to release documents to someone other than yourself, and will require identification when documents are picked up.

  • You may be able to use Interdepartmental mail.

 

Q – I get my monthly pension cheque mailed to me. Can I still sign up for direct deposit? When would the direct deposit take effect?

 

A – Yes, and we encourage you to do so. You would need to complete this form and send it back to us, preferably by fax or by uploading it to your online services Document Centre. For security reasons, we do not recommend sending the form to us by email.

 

Direct deposit instructions received in the first week of a month would generally be effective for that month’s pension deposit.  Instructions received after that time would likely be effective for the following month’s deposit.

 

Q – Can I have my termination benefits deposited electronically to my bank account or Locked in Retirement Account or Registered Retirement Savings Plan?

 

A – No, we are currently unable to process these payments electronically.

 

November 16, 2018

Reserve Your Spot in a 2019 Seminar

November 5, 2018

Our 2019 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in our Seminars Section. 

 

Employees can register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services Website www.cssb.mypension.ca

Upcoming Member Survey

September 20, 2018

The Civil Service Superannuation Board has engaged Prairie Research Associates (PRA Inc.)  to survey our members about their satisfaction with the services we provide. This feedback is valuable to us and will help us understand what’s important to our members and where we need to improve.

 

Throughout October, members might be contacted by Prairie Research Associates by email or telephone. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact us by phone (204-946-3200) or email (askus@cssb.mb.ca) if you have any questions about this survey. 

July 2018 Pension Payments Include 2017 Cost-of-Living Increase

July 24, 2018

The Board approved a 1.25% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for eligible pension recipients, which will be included in the July 2018 pension payments.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2017. A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

 

This increase also applies to eligible members with a deferred account.

New Form for Giving Authorization to Communicate

July 16, 2018

Members sometimes want to give CSSB permission to speak directly with a family member, friend, or financial advisor about their pension or insurance questions. Clear instructions from you as to who Board staff can talk to will help us balance protection of your privacy with the desire to help you get the information you need.

 

The CSSB Authorization to Communicate form allows members to document their wishes about who can contact us on their behalf. This form is available in the Forms section on our website or by clicking here.

 

It is important to note that giving someone authorization to communicate with the Board office does not give them authority to make decisions, sign documents, or act on your behalf. That authority can only be provided through legal means, such as a Power of Attorney, Committee, or legal Trustee status.

CSSB 2017 Annual Report is now available!

June 26, 2018

The 2017 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

2017 T4A’s are in the Mail

February 15, 2018

T4A’s in respect of pension payments made in 2017 have been sent to Canada Post for mailing.

 

Your T4A will have been mailed to you if you are not registered for Online Services, or if you are registered for Online Services but you had not accessed your T4A at the time the forms were printed.

 

If you are registered for Online Services, you can still access you 2017 T4A from there.

Potential Changes to The Pension Benefits Act

February 9, 2018

The Civil Service Superannuation Board office has been contacted by members who are concerned that their pensions under the Civil Service Superannuation Fund are in danger because of possible changes to pension legislation in the province.

 

Their concern relates to changes that have been recommended to The Pension Benefits Act and Regulations. This legislation provides pension rules that apply to all pension plans registered in Manitoba, including the Civil Service Superannuation Fund. The Pension Benefits Act recently underwent a regularly scheduled review, which resulted in a number of recommended changes. These recommendations are now open for public consultation.

 

The recommendation that has caused concern among some plan members is the proposal of enabling legislation that would permit plans to operate as Target Benefit or Shared Risk Plans.

 

The change being discussed does not convert existing defined benefit plans to target benefit/shared risk plans. This change would simply provide another plan design option for employers who want to create a pension plan for their employees, or for sponsors of existing pension plans who want to change the type of plan they provide. 

 

You may have heard over the years that defined benefit plans are very expensive for plan sponsors, and that many have converted their plans to defined contribution plans as a result. The introduction of target benefit/shared risk plans as a permissible plan design in Manitoba would provide an alternative design option for those plan sponsors who are planning to convert their plan.

 

The Pension Benefits Act provides significant protection of pensions that have already been accrued. Amendments that would reduce pension benefits under a plan or convert the plan to a different type of design are only permitted on a go-forward basis, and the changes that are being discussed do not impact the sections of The Pension Benefits Act that provide that protection. 

 

Information provided by the MGEU indicates their concern that permitting target benefit/shared risk plan designs in the province will result in the conversion of the Civil Service Superannuation Plan. To the best of our knowledge, there are no ongoing discussions within the Civil Service to do so.

CSSB Holiday Hours

December 29, 2017

The CSSB office will be closing for the holidays at 4:30 p.m. on December 29nd and reopening at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd.

CSSB Holiday Hours

December 21, 2017

The CSSB office will be closing for the holidays at 4:30 p.m. on December 22nd and reopening at 8 a.m. on Wednesday December 27th.

Reserve Your Spot in a 2018 Seminar

October 13, 2017

Our 2018 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in the Seminars section of our website, under Member Services.
Employees can register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services Website cssb.mypension.ca

Board Member Changes

September 12, 2017

As of June, 2017, Mr. Paul Desorcy, has resigned his position as the Manitoba Hydro Group Employee Representative on the Board. We extend our sincere thanks to Mr. Desorcy for his efforts and contributions to the Board since his election in the fall of 2012.

 

The Board would like to welcome Mr. Dan Marchant as the new Manitoba Hydro Group employee representative. During the election of employee representatives held in the fall of 2016, Mr. Marchant received the next highest number of votes for this position.

July Pension Payments Include 2016 Cost of Living Increase

July 19, 2017

For eligible pension recipients, the July 2017 pension payment will include a 1.00% Cost-of-Living increase.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2016.  A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

Pension Beneficiary Designation for Pre-retirement Death Benefits

June 22, 2017

The Civil Service Superannuation Board has developed a form that members can use if they wish to designate a pension beneficiary for pre-retirement death benefits.  A copy of this form is available here.

 

The Civil Service Superannuation Act provides that when a member dies prior to retirement, death benefits will be paid to the member’s spouse or recognized common-law partner unless:

 

  • that spouse or partner has waived those rights, or

  • at the time of the member’s death, they were living separate and apart due to a breakdown of their relationship.

 

If there is no eligible spouse or partner, or if the spouse or partner has waived rights to the benefit, The Civil Service Superannuation Act provides that the pension benefit would be paid to the deceased member’s estate.

 

Although it is not necessary to do so, The Beneficiary Designation Act provides that a member of a pension plan may designate a beneficiary to receive benefits under that plan.

 

Where the Board has been provided with a beneficiary designation, pension benefits payable on the death of a member prior to retirement may be paid to one or more designated beneficiaries rather than to the member’s estate.

 

IMPORTANT: A beneficiary designation in any format does not over-ride the rights of an eligible spouse or common-law partner to receive pension benefits payable on the death of a member prior to retirement if that spouse or partner has not waived those rights.

June 8, 2017 Online Seminar has been Cancelled

June 7, 2017

The online seminar scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2017 has been cancelled due to low registration. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.

 

The Civil Service Superannuation Board is committed to delivering timely, accurate information to members, allowing them to make educated, informed decisions with regards to their pension entitlements. The following may be useful as alternatives to this seminar:

 

  • Another online seminar is scheduled for November 1, 2017. You can register for this seminar through your Online Services account under “Register for Group Seminars”.

  • A schedule of our live seminars is available here.

  • A recording of a prior online seminar is available through your Online Services account under “View Online Seminar”. A copy of the seminar booklet is also available on our website here.

  • Our Communications staff is available to answer your pension questions, either by calling our main switchboard (204-946-3200 or toll free in Canada at 1-800-432-5134) or by emailing askus@cssb.mb.ca.

Mission and Vision Statements

May 9, 2017

Board Adopts New Guiding Statements         

 

The Board’s Mission and Vision statements underwent an in-depth review in 2016 and the result was a new set of Guiding Statements for the Board and the Board staff. These Guiding Statements document our vision for the future, our mission and purpose, and our values.

 

Our Vision for the future:

 

A professional, sustainable pension plan, designed for the future of our members.

 

Our Mission and Purpose is:

 

To deliver to our plan members their pension entitlements.

 

We do this by:

 

  • Acting collaboratively with each other, with employers and with the plan sponsor, constantly seeking member-focussed outcomes

  • Prudently investing and monitoring plan assets

  • Delivering timely, accurate information to members, allowing them to make educated, informed decisions

  • Fostering a working environment that attracts & retains motivated, talented people

 

Our Values

 

In our relationships, decisions, words and actions, we are guided by the following values:

 

  • Staying resolutely member-focussed; always seeking the best outcomes for our members;

  • Acting with integrity, professionalism and excellence;

  • Ensuring transparency and accountability to our members and other stakeholders;

  • Pursuing and rewarding innovation, in the interests of best outcomes;

  • Modelling and fostering collaboration and respectful action as the means of pursuing best member outcomes.

Online Pre-Retirement Seminar being Offered on June 8, 2017 & November 1, 2017

May 7, 2017

CSSB will be hosting online pre-retirement seminars on Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 am. and Wednesday, November 1 at 9:00am.  An online seminar is a live presentation made available to participants over the internet, using video conferencing software. 

 

Members who register for this seminar will be able to view the presentation from their own computer or device, hear the presenters explanation, and send questions through an online Q&A feature. Members interested in registering for this online seminar are encouraged to do so through their online services account. (Click on Register for Group SeminarsŽ and select the Online SeminarŽ tab.)

Recorded Online Pre-Retirement Seminar Available for Viewing

April 6, 2017

A recording of the online pre-retirement seminar held on December 9, 2016 has been posted to CSSB’s Online Services.  Members can access it by signing in to their Online Services account and clicking on the "View Online Seminar" option on the left-hand side menu. 

 

The next online pre-retirement seminar is scheduled for March 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  As we do more of these online seminars, we'll update that link so that members can access the most current version. 

2016 CSSB T4As Available Online

February 7, 2017

For pension recipients who have registered for the CSSB’s Online Services, your 2016 T4A is now available to download or print.

Online Pre-Retirement Seminar being Offered on March 21, 2017

February 7, 2017

CSSB will be hosting another online pre-retirement seminar on Tuesday, March 21 at 9:00 am. An online seminar is a live presentation made available to participants over the internet, using video conferencing software. 

 

Members who register for this seminar will be able to view the presentation from their own computer or device, hear the presenters explanation, and send questions through an online Q&A feature. Members interested in registering for this online seminar are encouraged to do so through their online services account. (Click on Register for Group SeminarsŽ and select the Online SeminarŽ tab.)

CSSB Board Election Results

December 8, 2016

The election of employee representatives to the CSSB took place this past fall with ballots counted last week.

 

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ray Erb, Mr. Jody Gillis, and Mr. Doug Troke have been elected to three-year terms effective January 1, 2017.

 

In addition, Mr. Paul Desorcy has been elected as the Manitoba Hydro Group employee representative.

Online Pre-Retirement Seminar being Offered on December 9, 2016

October 25, 2016

CSSB will be hosting another online pre-retirement seminar on Friday, December 9 at 8:30 am. An online seminar is a live presentation made available to participants over the internet, using video conferencing software. 

 

Members who register for this seminar will be able to view the presentation from their own computer or device, hear the presenters explanation, and send questions through an online Q&A feature. Members interested in registering for this online seminar are encouraged to do so through their online services account. (Click on Register for Group SeminarsŽ and select the Online SeminarŽ tab.)

Online Seminar being Offered on a Trial Basis

August 16, 2016

Not able to make it out to one of our seminar locations? CSSB will be hosting an online seminar on Tuesday, September 27 at 12:30 pm. This first online seminar will allow CSSB to test this new service and determine the level of interest among members.

 

Members who register for this seminar will be able to view the presentation from their own computer or device, hear the presenter’s explanation, and send questions through an online Q&A feature. Members interested in registering for this online seminar are encouraged to do so through their online services account. (Click on ‘Register for Group Seminars” and select the “Online Seminar” tab.)

Reserve Your Spot in a 2017 Seminar

August 5, 2016

Our 2017 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in our Seminars Section.
Employees can register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services Website cssb.mypension.ca

***POSTAL UPDATE***

July 18, 2016

With negotiations between Canada Post and its employees continuing, the CSSB will commence using Canada Post until a 72 hour lockout notice or strike notice is issued by either side.

 

The CSSB will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates as they become available.

July Pension Payments Include 2015 Cost of Living Increase

July 12, 2016

For eligible pension recipients, the July 2016 pension payment will include a 1.07% Cost-of-Living increase.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2015. A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

***UPDATE***

June 28, 2016

Commencing June 29, 2016, the Board will stop sending mail until further notice.

 

Please see our Postal Disruption Q&A document for information on alternative methods of exchanging documents with our office.

CSSB 2015 Annual Report is now available!

June 24, 2016

The 2015 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Update for Pensioners who receive their Cheques by Mail

June 23, 2016

June pension cheques for those pensioners who receive their cheques by mail were mailed on June 23, 2016. The cheques are dated June 29, 2016 and should not be deposited prior to that date.

 

Pension payments made by direct deposit will be deposited on June 29, 2016 as scheduled.

Potential Mail Disruption

June 20, 2016

In anticipation of a potential mail disruption, the government’s Mail Distribution Agency (MDA) has advised that their regular mail service will cease until further notice. As a result, the Board has to temporarily change how it deals with outgoing mail.

 

Until such time as there is an actual postal disruption, the Board expects to continue with business as usual, using regular postal services rather than MDA.

 

The Board recognizes that individuals who are expecting a printed cheque from our office will be particularly concerned about a mail disruption. Printed cheques would include termination benefits and monthly pension cheques for those who still have paper cheques mailed to them.

 

If a mail disruption has occurred or appears to be quite likely when a printed cheque is ready to be sent out, we will look at the alternatives available. These may include using the Province’s distribution centres, or holding cheques until the disruption has been resolved.

 

If you are expecting a cheque to be mailed and would prefer to make arrangements to pick it up, please contact our office at 204-946-3200, or toll free (within Canada) at 1-800-432-5134, or by emailing askus@cssb.mb.ca.

Pension payments made by direct deposit will not be affected by a postal disruption.

 

The Board will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates as they become available.

 

Please see the attached Postal Disruption Q & A for additional detail.

Retroactive Salary Increases

February 8, 2016

The recent ratification of several collective agreements in the Province is expected to result in retroactive salary increases for many members in the plan. A retroactive salary adjustment may increase your pension if it increases your Best Five Year Average Pensionable Salary. 
 
Salary for pension purposes is defined in The Civil Service Superannuation Act and generally includes your regular remuneration (with any eligible vacation cash-out) and excludes anything else that does not form part of your regular remuneration. Regular remuneration is typically determined by the employer and may be defined in a collective agreement or employment contract. If a retroactive increase is considered by the employer as pensionable salary, the employer will deduct pension contributions and report that salary to the CSSB.


Retroactive increases in pensionable earnings paid to employees in 2016 will be reported to us as part of the employer year end process in the first several months of 2017. If you leave employment in 2016, any retroactive salary amount that impacts your pensionable earnings would be used to determine your actual pension entitlement. We would do a recalculation to include retroactive salary paid to a former employee who has resigned, been dismissed, or died, if the former employee or his or her spouse, common-law partner or eligible survivor is entitled to a pension.

 

Retroactive salary increases do not impact transfer values that have previously been paid out of the plan. Any pension contributions deducted from a retroactive salary amount for someone who is no longer an employee and is not entitled to a pension would be refunded to the former employee.

 

Questions on the amount or timing of any retroactive increase should be directed to your Human Resources or payroll office.

2015 CSSB T4As Available Online

January 11, 2016

For pension recipients who have registered for the CSSB’s Online Services, your 2015 T4A is now available to download or print.

Update on Proposed Plan Changes

December 9, 2015

Proposed changes to eliminate the Old Age Security Integration option and simplify pension application deadlines after 2015 did not pass before the Legislative Assembly recessed in early December.

 

Members can contact the Liaison Committee if wanting to determine whether that committee has any updates on the status of these potential changes. The Liaison Committee website is accessible through the board’s website Links.

Important Message To Members Planning To Retire After 2015

July 8, 2015

Under proposed amendments to The Civil Service Superannuation Act, Old Age Security (OAS) Integration would not be available for a retirement date after 2015, and new application deadlines would apply for forms submitted after 2015.

 

These changes were introduced in the legislature on May 27, but had not been passed when the House recessed in June.  The House is not scheduled to reconvene until October 20th. Whether the changes will be passed, or when, is up to the legislature and we have no indication if or when that might happen.

 

OAS Integration

Integration with OAS is an option which lets a member get a higher pension from the Superannuation plan until age 65, but less after age 65.

 

The Federal Government changed OAS to gradually increase the eligibility age from 65 to 67. The Income Tax Act has not been changed to allow pension plans to reflect this. OAS integration was intended to level income through retirement, which can no longer be done for anyone who was born after March 1958.

 

Old Age Security integration is therefore not expected to be available for a retirement date after 2015. If this change is passed, an election of OAS integration would be invalid for a retirement date after 2015.

 

This change would not impact pensions for retirement dates prior to January 1, 2016. 

Integration with the Canada Pension Plan will continue to be offered.

 

Pension Application Deadlines

Under proposed changes to the Civil Service Superannuation Act, retiring members would be required to submit a NOTICE OF RETIREMENT and any pension option forms prior to their retirement date. (A NOTICE OF RETIREMENT is not required for a disability pension or where an employee works past November 30th of the year he or she turns age 71.)

 

No pension would be payable for a period prior to the date the Board receives a member’s NOTICE OF RETIREMENT.  If valid pension option forms and waiver forms (if applicable) are not submitted by the date of retirement, default options would apply.

Currently, some limited extensions to these deadlines are available in certain circumstances. It is anticipated that these extension would no longer apply after 2015.

We strongly recommend that retiring members with internet access use the “Complete Online Retirement Forms” through the Board’s Online Services to help avoid possible problems.

 

Additional information on monthly pension options and deadlines is provided with pension estimates, available through the CSSB Online Services or by request.

2014 CSSB T4As Available Online

February 1, 2015

For pension recipients who have registered for the CSSB’s Online Services, your 2014 T4A is now available to download or print.

CSSB 2014 Annual Report is now available!

June 30, 2015

The 2014 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Complete Your Retirement Forms Online

September 17, 2014

Eligible employees may now complete their retirement forms online when signed into their CSSB Online Services account. This feature gives employees the option of printing their completed forms for signature and submission to the CSSB office, or having us print the completed forms and mailing them to the member for signature and submission. Automatic edits in the online process help reduce potential problems and errors.

 

Employees are welcome to contact the CSSB office for assistance completing their forms, or with any questions they may have.

Actuarial Report as of December 31, 2013 Is Now Available

July 7, 2014

The Actuarial Report on The Civil Service Superannuation Fund as at December 31, 2013 is now available for viewing in the Publications section.

July Pension Payments Include 2014 Cost-of-Living Increase

July 2, 2014

For eligible pension recipients, the July 2014 pension payment will include a 0.83% Cost-of-Living increase.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2013. A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

2013 Annual Report Available

June 27, 2014

The 2013 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Annual Employee Pension Statements

June 23, 2014

The 2013 Annual Employee Pension Statements are now available through our Online Services. To access Online Services, click here.

 

In order to receive an Annual Statement, an employee must have accrued some pensionable service during 2013 and be an active member of the Fund as at December 31, 2013.

 

Answers to many of the more common questions regarding the Annual Employee Pension Statements can be found here.

Online Services Tutorial Videos Now Available

February 12, 2014

A library of Online Services Tutorial Videos is now available.

 

Videos include:

  • An overview of Online Services,

  • Logging in,

  • Using the Document Centre, and

  • Updating information through Edit My Profile.

Click here to view all available videos.

2013 CSSB T4As Available Online

January 29, 2014

For pension recipients who have registered for the CSSB’s Online Services, your 2013 T4A is now available to download or print.

Reserve Your Spot in a 2014 Seminar

November 18, 2013

Our 2014 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in our Seminars Section.

 

 

Employees are encouraged to register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services.

Actuarial Report as at December 31, 2012 Now Available

November 6, 2013

The Actuarial Report on The Civil Service Superannuation Fund as at December 31, 2012 is now available for viewing in the Publications section.

July Pension Payments Include Cost-of-Living Increase

July 17, 2013

For eligible pension recipients, the July 2013 pension payment will include a 0.55% Cost-of-Living increase.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index for 2012.

 

A history of CSSB COLA percentages since 1977 can be found here.

2012 Annual Report Available

June 28, 2013

The 2012 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

CSSB Website Relaunched

July 15, 2015

Welcome to the new and improved CSSB Website!

The website has been redesigned to improve user friendliness and appeal. Along with the changed design and layout, many new pages have been added to assist members in finding relevant information and answering some frequently asked questions.

 

In addition, the redesigned website is mobile-device friendly.

Automatic Distribution of Paper Annual Employee Pension Statements Being Discontinued

June 26, 2013

Members who are employees of the Manitoba Civil Service will receive a paper copy of their 2012 Annual Statements, or can access these statements through our Online Services. Paper copies will no longer be automatically distributed to employees of other employers participating in the Fund.

Starting in 2014, automatic distribution of paper copies of the Annual Statements will be discontinued for all employees. Annual Statements will be provided through our Online Services.

Members who wish to receive a paper copy of their 2012 statement may contact the Board office to request that one be mailed to them.

Annual Employee Pension Statements

May 30, 2013

The 2012 Annual Employee Pension Statements are now available through our Online Services. To access Online Services, click here.

In order to receive an Annual Statement, an employee must have accrued some pensionable service during 2012 and be an active member of the Fund as at December 31, 2012.

Answers to many of the more common questions regarding the Annual Employee Pension Statements can be found here.

Reserve A Spot In A 2013 Seminar

December 13, 2012

Our 2013 Pre-Retirement and One-on-One Seminars are now listed in our Seminars Section.

Employees are encouraged to register for Pre-Retirement Seminars through our Online Services.

Actuarial Report as of December 31, 2011 Is Now Available

December 5, 2012

The Actuarial Report on The Civil Service Superannuation Fund as at December 31, 2011 is now available for viewing in the Publications section.

CSSB Board Election Results

December 3, 2012

The election of employee representatives to the CSSB took place this past fall with ballots counted last week.

 

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ray Erb, Ms Monica Girouard, and Mr. Doug Troke have been elected to three-year terms effective January 1, 2013.

 

In addition, Mr. Paul Desorcy has been elected as the Manitoba Hydro Group employee representative.

 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to outgoing representatives Mr. Stephen Watson and Ms Denise Hickson (Manitoba Hydro Group) for their efforts and contributions as Board and Committee members.

New and Improved Website

November 21, 2012

Welcome to the new CSSB website!

 

As you can see, we have made a few changes. These include moving the link to our Online Services to the right side of the page and an improved What’s New section where articles of interest are searchable by category or date. These changes have not only improved the accessibility of the information found within our webpages but also made the navigation between sections of our website simpler.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions about our new design, please contact us. All ideas/comments are welcomed.

CSSB Election Update

November 14, 2012

The deadline has now passed for the receipt of eligible ballots for the Election of Employee Representatives to the CSSB. Any ballots received after October 30, 2012 will not be verified and will remain unopened.

 

Starting on November 30, 2012, all eligible ballots will be opened and counted with the results announced shortly after.

CSSB Election

September 4, 2012

Eligible employees are now receiving their Elector Packages for the Election of Employee Representatives to the CSSB. To be eligible, employees must have been a member of the Fund on the last pay period in 2011 and still be an active member.

 

If you are an eligible employee and have not received your Elector Package, please contact the CSSB by phone at 1-204-946-3222 or email at askus@cssb.mb.ca.

 

The Board must receive completed ballots by the last work day of October 2012 in order to be counted.

Online Services Expanded To Include Seminar Registration

August 1, 2012

Employees who would like to register for one of the Civil Service Superannuation Board’s Pre-Retirement Seminars may now do so through our Online Services.

 

Once signed on to Online Services, select Register for Group Seminars from the User Dashboard or from the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

 

The online registration feature lets you see which seminars are available, the number of seats remaining, and links you to a map of the seminar location. This feature also lets you cancel your registration if your plans change.

At this point the online seminar registration feature is only available to employees and members with deferred pensions who are registered for our Online Services. If you’d like to register for Online Services, you can do so by clicking here. If you prefer not to register for a seminar online, you can still register by contacting our office at 204-946-3200.

July Pension Payments Include Cost-of-Living Increase

July 31, 2012

For eligible pension recipients, the July 2012 pension payment will include a 1.53% Cost-of-Living increase.

 

This increase is equal to 2/3 of the increase in the Canadian Consumer Price Index.

Annual Employee Pension Statements

July 10, 2012

The 2011 Annual Employee Pension Statements have now been distributed.

 

In order to receive a benefits statement, you must have been a member of the Fund as at December 31, 2011. If you have any questions regarding your statement, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Answers to many of the more common questions regarding the Annual Employee Pension Statements can be found here.

2011 Report to Members Available

June 29, 2012

The 2011 Report to Members and the full version of the 2011 CSSB Annual Report is now available in the Publications section.

Proposed Changes to Old Age Security

June 1, 2012

Integration with Old Age Security (OAS) lets a member get a higher pension from the pension plan until age 65, but less pension from the pension plan after age 65.

 

The Federal Government has proposed OAS changes to gradually increase the eligibility age from 65 to 67, which would not seem to directly impact anyone born before April 1958. It’s therefore unlikely to impact most pensioners who elected OAS integration.

If you were born after March 1958 and you are considering integrating your pension with OAS, you may want to consider the possible reduction in income at age 65 as a result of the proposed changes.

 

If the Federal Government amends the Old Age Security Act to increase the eligibility age for some recipients, the board would review the pension plan provisions to determine how the change may impact plan members who elect this option.

 

Members who would be interested in having the pension plan provisions for OAS integration changed if the Federal Government changes the OAS entitlements should contact a member of the Superannuation and Insurance Liaison Committee. A list of members is available on the board’s website under “Board and Committees”.

 

More information on the proposed change is available at:http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/pension/index.shtml 

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