Contribution Rates

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The ATRF Board carefully reviews a number of factors when determining the plans’ contribution rates and adjusts contribution rates as required following each actuarial valuation.

Contribution rates are set to cover the cost of plan benefits currently being accrued, including cost-of-living adjustments. Retired members are eligible to receive an adjustment equal to 60% of the change in the Alberta Consumer Price Index (ACPI) for pensionable service prior to 1993 and 70% of the ACPI for pensionable service after 1992.

Active plan members and the Alberta Government or contributing employers share equally in funding for benefits related to pensionable service after August 1992, including the 60% cost-of-living adjustments. Active plan members are solely responsible for funding the additional 10% cost-of-living adjustments provided for pensionable service after 1992.

Plan deficiencies with respect to earned benefits must be funded over a 15-year period by additional contributions. These additional contributions are to be shared equally between active plan members and the Alberta Government or contributing employers.

However, active plan members alone are required to fund all the actual cost with respect to that portion of deficiencies related to the additional 10% cost-of-living benefit for pensionable service earned after 1992.

The Teachers’ Pension Plan deficiency for pensionable service before Sept 1992 is referred to as the Pre-1992 Unfunded Liability. The Alberta Government advances sufficient funds to ATRF to pay for all benefits for pensionable service before September 1992, as they become due.

Contributions are not deducted during strikes or leaves of absences (other than health-related periods of maternity leaves). As well, you do not contribute on any salary above the maximum pensionable salary (or salary cap) in accordance with the Income Tax Act.

If you work part-time, your contributions are based on what you would have earned working full-time in your position and then adjusted with the percentage of full-time hours you work.

Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE)

Your monthly contribution to the plan is integrated with your contribution to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and takes the YMPE into consideration. The YMPE is the year’s maximum pensionable earnings covered by the CPP.

The YMPE for 2021 is $61,600, or $5,133.33 per month, which is called the monthly maximum pensionable earnings (MMPE). This maximum changes every January 1 and the amount of your ATRF contribution changes accordingly.

 

Historical Maximum Pensionable Salary and Defined Benefit Limits

YearDefined Benefit LimitMaximum Pensionable Salary
2021$3,245.56$180,758.00
​2020$3,092.22$172,221.00
2019$3,025.56$168,498.00
​2018$2,944.44​$163,992.00
​2017​$2,914.44​$162,312.00
​2016$2,890.00​$160,970.00
​2015$2,818.89​$157,024.50
2014​$2,770.00$154,250.00​
2013​$2,696.67$150,163.50
2012​$2,646.67$147,363.50
2011​$2,552.22$142,101.00
2010​$2,494.44$138,882.00
2009$2,444.44$136,112.00
2008​$2,333.33$130,136.50
2007$2,222.22$124,221.00
2006​$2,111.11$118,185.50
2005​$2,000.00$112,330.00
2004$1,833.33$103,816.50
2003​$1,722.22$ 98,081.00
2002$1,722.22$ 97,841.00
2001$1,722.22$ 97,601.00
2000$1,722.22$ 97,391.00
1999$1,722.22$ 97,331.00
1998$1,722.22$ 97,181.00
1997$1,722.22$ 96,851.00
1996$1,722.22$ 96,731.00
1995$1,722.22$ 96,581.00
1994$1,722.22$ 96,431.00
1993$1,722.22$ 96,131.00
1992$1,722.22$ 95,771.00
Pre-1992No limitNo maximum

Contributions: Teachers’ Pension Plan - School Jurisdictions, Charter Schools and ATA Locals

Employer Contributions

As of September 1, 2021, the Alberta Government or employer contribution is 10.87% of your pensionable salary.

Your Contributions

As of September 1, 2021, the employee contribution rate is 9.76% up to the monthly maximum Canada Pension Plan pensionable earnings level ($5,133.33 effective January 1, 2021) and 13.94% on pensionable earnings above that level.

An Example of 2021 Contributions

If you made $7,800 per month in 2021, you would contribute:

  • 9.76% of your monthly salary up to the 2021 MMPE of $5,133.33, and
  • 13.94% of your monthly salary over $5,133.33, as shown below.

This is a monthly contribution of $872.75:

  • $501.01 (which is 9.76% of $5,133.33), plus
  • $371.74 (which is 13.94% of $2,666.67)

Schedule of CPP Earnings, Contribution Rates and Capped Salaries for TPP

YearYMPEMMPEEmployee Contr. Rates (%)Monthly Salary CapMonthly Employee MaxEmployer Contr. Rates (%)
Sept 202161,6005,133.339.76/13.9415,063.171,885.2310.87
Jan 202161,6005,133.339.76/13.9415,063.171,885.2310.87
Sept 202058,7004,891.679.76/13.9414,351.751,796.1610.87
Jan 202058,7004,891.6710.17/14.5214,351.751,871.0811.29
Sept 201957,4004,783.3310.17/14.5214,041.501,830.7511.29
Jan 201957,4004,783.3310.17/14.5214,041.501,830.7511.29
Sept 201855,9004,658.3310.17/14.5213,666.001,781.6611.29
Jan 201855,9004,658.3310.74/15.3413,666.001,882.0811.95
Sept 201755,3004,608.3310.74/15.3413,526.001,862.9111.95
Jan 201755,3004,608.3310.74/15.3413,526.001,862.9111.95
Sept 201654,9004,575.0010.74/15.3413,414.171,847.2911.95
Jan 201654,9004,575.0011.44/16.3413,414.171,967.7012.65

Contributions: Private School Teachers’ Pension Plan

Employer Contributions

As of September 1, 2021, the employer contribution rate is 9.51% of total pensionable earnings.

Your Contributions

As of September 1, 2021, the employee contribution rate is 8.50% up to the monthly maximum Canada Pension Plan pensionable earnings level ($5,133.33 effective January 1, 2021), and 12.15% on pensionable earnings above that level.

An Example of 2021 Contributions

If you made $7,800 per month during 2021, each month you would contribute:

  • 8.50% of your monthly salary up to the 2020 MMPE of $5,133.33, and
  • 12.15% of your monthly salary over $5,133.33, as shown below.

This is a monthly contribution of $760.33:

  • $436.33 (which is 8.50% of $5,133.33), plus
  • $324.00 (which is 12.15% of $2,666.67).

Schedule of CPP Earnings, Contribution Rates and Capped Salaries for PSTPP

YearYMPEMMPEEmployee Contr. Rates (%)Monthly Salary CapMonthly Employee Max Contr.Employer Contr. Rates (%)
Sept 202161,6005,133.338.50/12.1515,063.171,642.819.51
Jan 202161,6005,133.338.50/12.1515,063.171,642.819.51
Sept 202058,7004,891.678.50/12.1514,351.751,565.199.51
Jan 202058,7004,891.678.76./12.5214,351.751,612.919.73
Sept 201957,4004,783.338.76/12.5214,041.501,578.149.73
Jan 201957,4004,783.338.76/12.5214,041.501,578.149.73
Sept 201855,9004,658.338.76/12.5213,666.001,535.839.73
Jan 201855,9004,658.339.09/12.9813,666.001,592.6410.23
Sept 201755,3004,608.339.09/12.9813,526.001,576.4110.23
Jan 201755,3004,608.339.09/12.9813,526.001,576.4110.23
Sept 201654,9004.575.009.09/12.9813,414.171,563.1910.23
Jan 201654,9004.575.0010.22/14.6013,414.171,758.0910.99