Written notice of plan termination
After deciding to terminate the plan, the employer must send a written notice of termination to:
The written notice of termination must be sent to the active members no later than 30 days
after the plan's termination date; if not, their written consent to the termination date is required.
Non-active members and beneficiaries
There is no prescribed time limit for sending the termination notice to non-active members and beneficiaries. The notice must be sent within a reasonable period of time so as not to unnecessarily delay the termination process.
Contents of the written notice of termination
At a minimum, the notice must include the following information:
- the pension plan's identification (the plan's name and the number assigned to it by the Régie des rentes du Québec)
- the plan's termination date
- the members and beneficiaries affected
- Define the group comprised of the affected members and beneficiaries rather than naming each individual.
Sample of a termination notice
Notice of termination of the Pension Plan of Company XYZ
Please note that the pension plan of Company XYZ was terminated on 31 December 2013, that is, the date the company closed. The termination affects all those who were plan members and beneficiaries on 31 December 2013 as well as those employees who ceased to be active plan members on or after 30 September 2013, the date on which the closure of the business was announced.
For the employer,
Steps following the written notice from the employer
Simplified pension plan (SIPP) termination
The contents of this page are not pertinent to SIPPs. Please consult the page that deals with the steps to terminate an SIPP.