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Change is the one constant in life – whether it’s changing jobs, starting a family, health problems, depending on the type of change, your HOOPP benefit may come into play.
If the unthinkable happens and a disability leaves you unable to work for extended periods of time – or not at all – you can rest assured that your Plan can help to minimize some of your financial worries.
To be considered for disability benefits, there are a number of steps to take, including the submission and approval of your medical forms. HOOPP is here to help. By contacting our Client Service, we can walk you through those steps and determine the benefit for which you may qualify. For more information, read Here For You: Disability Guide.
As outlined in the Employment Standards Act (Ontario), you can choose whether or not to make contributions for:
You can also choose to make contributions for strike or lock-out periods.
If you decide to contribute for these periods of time, your employer must contribute as well.
It’s important to remember that contributing for a leave will increase your basic lifetime pension. You can make HOOPP contributions while you’re away, either during your leave or as a lump sum no later than six months from the end of the leave. Please contact HOOPP to discuss which option works best for you.
For employer-approved leaves – with the exception of pregnancy/parental leaves, family medical leaves and emergency leaves – that are 31 days or more, members may contribute as long as the employer approves the request to contribute.
For employer-approved leaves – with the exception of pregnancy/parental leaves, family medical leaves and emergency leaves – that are less than 31 days or more, contributions are mandatory.
HOOPP is with you through all life changes. When you experience a personal change, it's a good idea to let HOOPP know.
Your qualifying spouse is, by law, your primary beneficiary for HOOPP benefits, unless a spousal waiver is signed. When you retire, your qualifying spouse remains the first beneficiary for any benefits payable upon your death, even if you later divorce or remarry.
If you marry, re-marry or enter a new spousal relationship after you retire, your spouse may be able to receive benefits upon your death. It is important to contact HOOPP for more details as there are many factors that need to be addressed.
New rules effective January 1, 2012
The Ontario government has passed legislation that changes the way pension benefits are valued and divided for family law purposes on or after January 1, 2012. Under the new rules, HOOPP is required to provide members with a family law valuation and pay a portion of members' pension benefits to the former spouse if we are requested to do so.
If you are a member or pensioner and have separated from your spouse, you may be required to include the value of any pension benefits you accumulated in HOOPP during the period of marriage or spousal relationship in the calculation of net family property. Although it is not mandatory to divide your pension, when you make arrangements to split your assets you may choose or need to pay a portion of your pension to your former spouse.
To apply for a family law valuation from HOOPP, you (or your former spouse) must use the forms created by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). You can find these forms and instructions on how to use them on the FSCO website.
For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to proceed, please read our relationship/marriage breakdown fact sheet.
It’s important to let HOOPP know whenever your personal information changes so that your record can be kept up-to-date.
Depending on the type of change, there are many ways you can change your personal information with HOOPP easily and quickly.
If you are correcting your date of birth, Social Insurance Number or a legal name change, HOOPP needs you to provide proof of your change. HOOPP will accept one copy of a:
Alternatively, HOOPP will accept a copy of any two of the following documents:
If none of these documents can be obtained, HOOPP will accept a statutory declaration of your age, made before a judge, lawyer, Commissioner of Oaths, or notary public.
HOOPP Connect is your one-stop, online pension resource offering a variety of services such as receiving your annual statement electronically, accessing your personal pension information online and calculating estimates of your future retirement benefit. To learn more, visit HOOPP Connect.
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