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Contributing to the Plan​

​The CSS Pension Plan – one of Canada’s largest and oldest defined contribution (DC) pension plans – can help you build savings for retirement through both yours and your employer’s matching contributions.​

A DC Plan

In a DC pension plan, the amounts that you and your employer contribute toward your pension are defined – typically in terms of a percentage of your salary.

These contributions are deducted and invested each pay period so you can accumulate pension funds that will become your income when you retire.

A key characteristic of a DC plan is the investment decisions are yours to make – so it's up to you how you choose to allocate your contributions between
the Plan's four investment funds. This gives you options so that you can invest according to your own risk tolerance.​

Your contributions​​


Income tax

Under a DC pension plan:

  • ​Your investment earnings are sheltered from income tax. This means your contributions can grow more quickly.

  • All contributions you make to the Plan are tax deductible, in turn reducing your income-tax payable (the amount of income that can be taxed by government)​

Maximum contribution limit

The combined amount you and your employer are allowed to contribute to the Plan is limited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The maximum contribution limit set by CRA is the lesser of:

  • 18% of your employment compensation for the current year, or

  • The money purchase (MP) limit for the current year (see the CRA website for the most recent contribution maximums)

The total amount you and your employer contribute to the Plan each year cannot exceed this CRA limit.​


The contributions made by your employer become vested immediately – or owned by you.

This means that the total value of your pension funds always belongs to you.​


Depending on how long your contributions are invested in the Plan, the rules that govern them can change.​