Aging Population and Canadian Public Pension Plans

Author/Editor:

Tamim Bayoumi

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

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Summary:

Canadian public pension plans are run on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. As the baby boom ages, contribution rates for the two main plans are projected to rise significantly, from their current level of around 5 percent of eligible earnings to over 13 percent by 2030. An alternative is to set contribution rates at their underlying long-term levels. Such a policy would imply a significant rise in current contribution rates, to 10-10½ percent of eligible earnings, but would allow the system to cope with the retirement of the baby boom generation without recourse to borrowing or significant increases in contribution rates.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/89

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451851236/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0891994

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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