Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 allow the unlocking of up to 50% of the RLIF. They do not require the unlocked amount to be equal to exactly 50% of the funds in a LIF. Please note that this option is a one-time option and there is no "carry forward" of unused withdrawal room. If you choose to unlock less than 50% of your RLIF, you will not be able to unlock any more funds under this option at a later date.
The 50% withdrawal limit from the restricted life income fund (RLIF) is calculated as 50% of the funds in the RLIF on the date the actual withdrawal occurs. No more than 50% of the value of the RLIF on that date may be withdrawn.
Yes. If funds that were held in a LIF are transferred to an RLIF, you may withdraw a new maximum amount from the RLIF, calculated in accordance with paragraph 20.3(1)(f) of the
Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985, pro-rated for the number of months from the transfer date to the end of the year.
Upon transferring to the RLIF, any payments from the previous LIF cease. A new maximum annual withdrawal amount would be established for the RLIF, based on the amount in the RLIF on the date it is established.
Questions about the minimum annual withdrawal from locked-in retirement savings plans should be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-3100.
Yes. The fund holder can transfer funds from a number of accounts either into a single restricted life income fund (RLIF) or into a number of different RLIFs.
The one-time 50% unlocking option has to occur within 60 days of the establishment of the RLIF from which the funds are withdrawn. The RLIF is considered established on the date the funds are initially deposited into the RLIF. Holders with funds in more than one account may, therefore, wish to transfer funds into more than one RLIF if it is expected that some of the funds will not be transferred within 60 days of the establishment of the RLIF.
Funds unlocked from a locked-in vehicle are subject to the Income Tax Act. Generally speaking, under the income tax rules, a direct transfer of funds from a locked-in vehicle to an unlocked registered retirement vehicle such as an RRSP or registered retirement income fund (RRIF) does not require or use up contribution room. The transfer is not considered a new contribution but rather a transfer from one tax deferred vehicle to another. Withdrawals from a registered retirement vehicle may, of course, have income tax implications. Please see the Canada Revenue Agency's website for more information on
transferring amounts between registered vehicles.
Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 (PBSR) require that any amount withdrawn from a restricted life income fund (RLIF) be transferred to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered retirement income fund (RRIF). They do not require that the transfer be to an RRSP owned by the holder of the RLIF. A transfer to a spousal RRSP is therefore permitted under the PBSR. However, there may be restrictions and tax implications under the federal
Income Tax Act for a transfer to a spousal RRSP. Questions about the tax implications of any such transfer should be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281.
Funds cannot be transferred from a locked-in RRSP directly into a RLSP. The only way to transfer funds into a RLSP is from a restricted life income fund (RLIF).
There is no advantage to transferring funds directly into a RLSP, as the funds would then be "restricted" and the 50% unlocking option could not be exercised. Funds can be moved from a locked-in RRSP to a RLIF and then to a RLSP.