Under the locking-in provisions of the PBSA, money payable to a member of a plan can generally only be used to provide retirement income, even if the member leaves the plan. Pension benefits are required to be locked-in after two years of continuous membership in a plan; however, some plans may have a shorter locking-in period. There are certain circumstances in which pension funds may be unlocked.

For federally locked-in funds, the financial intermediary that holds the locked-in account may be able to assist in determining applicable unlocking options and in filling out required forms.

These forms are not submitted to OSFI. OSFI does not approve individuals’ forms or provide individual assistance in filling out the forms.


Guide Form 1 and Instructions– Attestation regarding withdrawal based on financial hardship2021
Form Attestation Regarding Withdrawal Based on Financial Hardship (PDF, 90 KB)Form 1
Form Attestation Regarding Spouse/Common-Law Partner (PDF, 79 KB)Form 2
Form Attestation of Total Amount Held in Federally Regulated Locked-in Plans (PDF, 75 KB)Form 3
Newsletter Unlocking due to Shortened Life Expectancy – Physician’s CertificationInfoPensions 10
Guidance Unlocking for Non-Residents2008-006
FAQ UnlockingFAQ