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Pension coverage continues to drop as a percentage of labour force

The percentage of the labour force covered by a pension plan declined, from 34% in 1999 to 33% in 2009.

Ottawa (8 September 2011) – While the number of plan members covered by a registered pension plan (RPP) in Canada has increased over the last ten years, the number of members as a percentage of the labour force has decreased slightly during the same period. This is according to a new fact sheet on RPPs and retirement savings coverage, released by the Office of the Chief Actuary.

The total number of plan members covered by an RPP has increased 14% over the last 10 years, from 5.3 million in 1999 to 6 million in 2009. However, the number of RPP members as a percentage of the labour force declined slightly from 34% in 1999 to 33% in 2009.

Both the private sector and public sector experienced an overall percentage decrease while experiencing an increase in the number of plan members. Coverage in the public sector decreased from 88% to 86% of public sector employees from 1999 to 2009, while the number of members increased from 2.4 million to 3 million. during the same period.  Coverage in the private sector decreased from 28% to 25% of private sector employees, while the number of members covered increased from 2.8 million to 3 million.

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Registered Pension Plan (RPP) and Retirement Savings Coverage (Canada)

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