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How is My Pension Calculated?

LAPP is a defined benefit pension plan. Your pension is based on a formula that looks at your salary and your years of service, and not how much you've paid into the Plan. The longer you're contributing to the Plan, and the higher your salary gets, the larger your pension will be.

A quick way to calculate your pension is to use one of the estimator tools provided by LAPP:

  • The Pension Estimator allows you to calculate different 'what if' scenarios by putting in your own estimates for salary and years of service; and/or
  • The Pension Projection Calculator allows you to project the amount of your future LAPP pension based on the pension information we have on file for you. LAPP members can access this calculator by logging into or registering for Your Pension Profile account by clicking Login at the top right corner of the website.

How is my full-time pension calculated?



A member has a highest average salary of $68,000 and has worked full-time for 25 years.

Here is how that information works in the pension formula.



(averaged YMPE) x 1.4% x 25 years = $20,545
(salary over the averaged YMPE) x 2% x 25 years
= Estimated annual unreduced pension is $25,195, or $2,099.58 per month.



How is my part-time pension calculated?

A full-time member is normally expected to earn one year of service per calendar year.

A part-time employee will earn less service based on what percentage of full-time hours he or she works. You might even work in multiple positions, or for more than one LAPP employer, but you can't earn more than one year of service per year.

If you work part‐time for a LAPP employer, your service and salary are still the basis of your pension formula, but you will not build up your pensionable service as fast as if you worked full-time.


How to Calculate Pensionable Service as a Part-Time Employee


Part-Time Pension Calculation


Pension Calculation Example for a Member Who Works Part-Time


For this example, Nancy works part-time at a hospital and her hours worked are half as many hours (sometimes called a 0.5 position) as someone who works full-time. That means she works 50% of what a full-time employee would, so over 25 years she will earn 12.5 years of pensionable service.

For this example, Nancy's highest average salary in a part-time (0.5) position is $34,000. The pension calculation is based on what her salary would be if she worked full-time. So, if Nancy had worked full-time over the same period, her average salary would have been twice as much: $68,000 per year. We use this figure when calculating her pension, and not her actual salary. This is what we call her annualized salary. You can see an example of how this is calculated below.





(averaged YMPE) x 1.4% x 12.5 years = $10,272.50
(salary over the averaged YMPE) x 2% x 12.5 years
= Estimated annual unreduced pension is $12,597.50,
or $1,049.79 per month.



I work part-time or casual and would like more information on how this affects my pension.

If you're interested in seeing the formula and reading about about how all the parts of the formula work together, you can do so below:

Pension Calculation Formula

The salary we use in the formula is called your highest average salary, which uses the five years in a row where your average salary was the highest. Those are often, but not always, the last five years of a LAPP member's career.

5 Highest Years of Salary That Fall in a Row



The maximum annual salary that can be used in your pension calculation for 2024 is $201,050.00. This is called the salary cap.

The service we use in the formula is your pensionable service in LAPP, to a maximum of 35 years.

Your pension will be calculated differently depending on whether you work full-time or part-time.

In the pension formula, salary above the Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) is separated from the salary below the YMPE. In 2024, the YMPE is $68,500.

What is the Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings?

LAPP is an integrated pension plan because it's designed to work with the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This is why the LAPP formula uses the CPP’s Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings.

You only pay into the CPP up to the YMPE, which is an amount set by the Government of Canada every year. The 2024 YMPE is $68,500.

I'd like to know more about how the YMPE affects how much I pay in pension contributions

This is what the formula looks like:

Salary up to the YMPE x 1.4% x Service = $_______
Salary over the YMPE x 2% x Service = $_______

(Remember, we're using an average of five years for your salary, and the average of the YMPEs for the matching years.)
The two totals are added together to give you an estimated annual unreduced pension.

The final amount of your pension is based on when you retire and the pension option you choose at retirement.

Once I retire will my pension payment remain the same?

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