Régie des rentes du Québec

Key dates for the Régie

July 1965

The Régie des rentes du Québec was created.

On 1 January 1966

After two years of discussions with the federal government, the Québec Pension Plan began operations.

Since its foundation...

The Régie has also had the mandate to administer the Supplemental Pension Plans Act. Its first responsibility was to take an inventory of the existing private pension plans and, after ensuring that they met the requirements of the law, to register them. More than 4 000 plans were registered in 1966 and 1967.

On 30 January 1967, the first pension cheque is presented to Mr. Rogers-H. Taschereau, a Québec City resident.

On 1 April 1971

The Régie was entrusted with the mandate of administering the Act respecting family allowances. In 1974, more than 900 000 families received cheques from the Régie for a total value of more than 90 million $.

In 1973

The Régie is administered by a board of directors.

Between 1979 and today

In accordance with the Act respecting the Québec Pension Plan, the Régie concluded social security agreements with several countries so that a person who has worked in another country can receive retirement, disability or survivors' benefits, providing he or she is entitled to them.

In May 1982

The Régie inaugurated the Direct Deposit of benefits. It was among the first government agencies in Canada to offer the service to such a vast and varied clientele.

In 1984

In order to improve accessibility to services, the Régie created an information division. A new team of information clerks was trained to answer the questions of contributors and beneficiaries by phone. Now, some information clerks answer more than 1,2 million calls every year.

In 1988

The Régie undertook its first quality approach with the "SA.CLI.Q" program, Satisfaction des clients par la qualité, under the theme "Quality the first time at lower costs."

8 April 1997

The Conseil du trésor officially designated the Régie as an autonomous services unit.

In April 2001

After coming under the provisions of the Public Administration Act, the Régie was designated as a government agency. Concretely, this resulted in the publication of a Service Statement, a Strategic Plan and the application of an Accountability and Performance Agreement reached between the Régie's President and General Manager and the minister responsible, an agreement which contained a management agreement between the minister and the Conseil du trésor.

In September 2001

The Régie was awarded the Québec Quality Award in the public sector category. The prize is a recognition of the Régie's efforts over the years to improve its management and the quality of its client service.

In June 2002

The Régie's completely overhauled Internet site came on line, with a new look and new content -all designed to improve our services and better inform our visitors.

In October 2003

The Régie des rentes du Québec publishes its newsletter Liaison RRQ online. It is possible to sign up for the newsletter or to consult it on the Régie's Web site. The newsletter gives information on the Régie's programs and services and provides practical advice on making the best decisions in each of life's important stages.

In November 2003

The Régie introduces its first online services. In the spotlight: CompuPension, a brand new tool to simulate your retirement income. The tool helps you plan financially for retirement using personal information in your file at the Régie. It uses secure electronic methods.

1 January 2005

The Régie now administers the refundable tax credit for child assistance, which enables all parents with a dependent child under age 18 to receive child assistance payments.

15 July 2005

The Régie celebrates its 40th anniversary. Ms. Michelle Courchesne, the Minister responsible for the Régie prepared a message of gratitude for the occasion and we also published a booklet.

Test your knowledge of the Régie with our 40th anniversary quiz This link will open in a new window..

1 January 2007

The Régie is now autonomous in managing child assistance eligibility. Parents no longer need to contact the Canada Revenue Agency and can instead deal directly with the Régie.

In June 2008

The National Assembly unanimously passes the Act to amend the Supplemental Pension Plans Act, the Act respecting the Québec Pension Plan and other legislative provisions (commonly known as Bill 68). In doing so, the Québec government takes innovative steps to encourage workers age 55 or older to continue working, if they wish to.

In January 2009

The National Assembly passes Bill 1, which amends the Supplemental Pension Plans Act. This bill provides for measures to alleviate the effects of the financial crisis on pension plans. The Gouvernement du Québec thus has the legal leeway it needs to apply special standards to defined benefit pension plans with solvency deficiencies.

In August 2009

The Gouvernement du Québec launches public consultations during the parliamentary committee's hearings, allowing the general public to comment on the proposed solutions for adapting the Québec Pension Plan to Québec's new realities.

In November 2010

The Régie des rentes du Québec launched My Account, which allows beneficiaries to consult or update their file and access all the Régie's online services in one place.

In December 2010

The Québec National Assembly passes Bill 129, the Act to amend various provisions respecting supplemental pension plans, particularly concerning payment options in the event of an employer's insolvency, which serves to secure the pensions of retirees whose employer is insolvent.

17 March 2011

In his Québec Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance announced certain measures aimed at changing the Québec Pension Plan. First and foremost, these changes would improve the Plan's funding and encourage experienced workers to continue working.

In October 2011

The Régie becomes the first public agency in Québec to be in the top 50 Best Employers in Canada list according to Aon Hewitt.

In November 2011

The National Assembly passes Bill 42, the Act to amend the Supplemental Pension Plans Act in order to extend certain measures to reduce the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on plans covered by the Act. The Act extends until 31 December 2013 two measures that secure the pensions of retirees and certain plan members.

In December 2011

The Québec National Assembly passed Bill 39, the Act to amend the Act respecting the Québec Pension Plan and other legislative provisions, which mainly affects pensions and benefits payable under the Act. These changes are being phased in over the course of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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