Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

The Outlook for Canada’s Public Sector Employee Pensions

Silvana Pozzebon, HEC Montréal

The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2009 publication: The Future if Public Employee Retirement Systems.


This chapter examines the context and features of occupational pension plans in the Canadian public sector and compares these with their private sector counterparts. Relative to the declining importance of registered pension plans in the private sector, pension coverage rates of public sector employees remain high and their pension plans retain traditional characteristics. Yet funding considerations have brought considerable change to public sector employee pensions. These and other challenges are discussed.


Date Posted: 09 August 2019