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2009 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Public Service Management Insurance Plan (PSMIP)

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What is the PSMIP?

The PSMIP is a group insurance plan established by the Treasury Board of Canada. It provides Long-term Disability (LTD), Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), and Dependants' Insurance for federal employees who are excluded from collective bargaining because they are working in managerial or confidential capacities. Executives, parliamentarians, and judges are also covered by the Plan and have distinct benefits. The PSMIP is insured through Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services.

Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees, appointed by the President of the Treasury Board, monitors the financial operations of the Plan and oversees its administration. The members of the Board on December 31, 2009 were:

  • The Chairperson, Judith LaRocque, Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
  • Michael Wernick, Deputy Minister, Indian and Northern Affairs
  • Suzanne Vinet, Associate Deputy Minister, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Maria Barrados, President, Public Service Commission of Canada
  • Patricia Hassard, Deputy Secretary, Privy Council Office

Scope of the Plan

In 2009 all benefits paid under the plan totalled $61.7 million. Of this amount, benefits paid to Long Term Disability claimants totalled almost $49.1 million, life insurance benefits amounted to $12.1 million and $507,500 was paid out for Accidental Death and Dismemberment.

In 2009, approximately 51,837 members were covered under the Plan including 36,731 employees excluded from collective bargaining, 7,630 from the executive group and equivalent, 1,043 judges, 405 members of parliament and 6,028 members under Post-retirement life insurance. In addition to Dependants' Insurance, members were insured as estimated below:

 Volume of Insurance Amount 
Basic Life $4,421,743
Supplementary Life $1,944,355
Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) $6,908,303
Long-term Disability (LTD) $4,011,739
Post-retirement Life (PRLIP) $258,323

Premiums and Benefits

Premiums paid into the Plan during 2009 are shown in the following table and are compared with the amount paid out to claimants or set aside as reserves.

Line of Insurance Premiums Claims (and Increases to Reserves) Ratio of Claims to Premiums
Basic Life $16,799,573 $8,288,005 49.3%
Supplementary Life $3,345,326 $2,089,898 62.5%
Members' AD&D $891,216 $515,313 57.6%
Dependants' Life and AD&D $345,214 $179,521 72.8%
LTD $66,899,968 $64,149,726 95.9%
PRLIP $6,703,449 $2,679,959 40.0%
Total $94,984,746 $77,902,422 82.1%


When a disability claim is received, sufficient funds are set aside to pay all future monthly benefit instalments to the claimant. These funds are referred to as "reserves." As of December 31, 2009 plan reserves totalled $310.5 million including life waiver reserves.


Most of the lines of insurance under the Plan were in a surplus position at year-end. The Plan, as a whole, had a surplus of $65.2 million at year end.

Plan Disbursements

The total amount paid out of the plan during the year was $65.6 million. Of this amount, 94% was paid in the form of benefits to plan members and their families, 3.1% was for expenses, and 3% was for premium taxes.

Value of Plan to Member

During 2009, employer costs averaged $1,110 per plan member for disability insurance premiums, $3,076 for Executive life and disability insurance, and $4,994 for Members of Parliament's life and disability. The following table illustrates the 2009 average employer costs per plan member for Long-Term Disability Insurance, Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Dependants, and Post-Retirement Life Insurance.

1 Available data does not permit calculation of a representative average.

Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining Executives Members of Parliament Judges
Lines of Insurance Main Plan 100% Employer-paid 100% Government-paid
Employee's share Employer's share
LTD $196 (15%)  $1,110 (85%) $2,236 $2,729 Coverage not available
Basic Life, AD&D and Dependants $218 $0 $840 $2,265 $5,692
Supplementary Life $160 $0 Employee paid1 Employee paid1 Employee paid1
Total $574 $1,110 $3,076 $4,994 $5,692
PRLIP Coverage not available $914 $1,403 $5,393

Recommendations Approved by Treasury Board

There are 17 lines of insurance under the PSMIP which are experience-rated separately and reviewed each year between Industrial Alliance (IA), Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and Office of the Superintendant of Financial Institutions (OSFI). If a surplus occurs, rate action may be taken which could result in a premium holiday, premium reduction or both. Deficits in the plan would be addressed through increased premium rates. A joint recommendation from IA, TBS and OSFI is presented to the Board of Trustees for its review and support. Subsequently, TBS forwards the recommendation to the President of the Treasury Board for approval.

The President of the Treasury Board approved the following premium decisions to be effective January 1, 2010:

  • 30% premium rate decrease for Basic Life under the Executive Plan;
  • 25% premium rate decrease for Basic Life under the Judges' Plan;
  • 12-month premium holiday for Members' of Parliament under the Post-Retirement Life Plan;
  • 12-month premium holiday for Accidental Death & Dismemberment under the Executive Plan;
  • 12-month premium holiday for Dependants' insurance under the Executive Plan; and
  • 12-month premium holiday for Accidental Death & Dismemberment under the Members' of Parliament Plan.

Further Information

If you have questions about your coverage under the Plan or need general information about the benefits available, please contact your compensation advisor or visit the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Web site.

You may also find additional information about your coverage under the Plan in Your Public Service Pension and Benefits Web Portal. This is a one-stop shop for your pension and benefits information.

If you would like to have further information on the general experience and operations of the Plan, please contact:

Ginette Baker, Secretary
Board of Trustees
Public Service Management Insurance Plan
Vanier Building
222 Nepean Street, 6th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R5
e-mail: Ginette Baker

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