Ottawa's Pension Gap: The Growing and Under-reported Cost of Federal Employee Pensions
AbstractCanadian public-sector pension plans typically do not use market yields to calculate their liabilities: if they did, Ottawa’s unfunded pension liability would stand at $227 billion – some $80 billion larger than reported in the Public Accounts. The value of the typical federal employee’s pension entitlement grows at more than 40 percent of pay annually – much faster than the contributions to fund it – putting taxpayers, most of whom face federal tax rules preventing them from funding as rich a retirement for themselves, at risk of having to bail out Ottawa’s pension plans.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 127.
Length: 6 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, December 2011
Pension Papers; Canadian public-sector pension plans; unfunded pension liability; Public Accounts;
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- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
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