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Group Registered Retirement Savings Plans (Group RRSP). Solutions empowering your team members to save for retirement with confidence and ease.

What is a Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?

A Group RRSP is an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan that allows employees to contribute a portion of their pre-tax income towards their retirement savings. Similar to individual RRSPs, contributions made to a Group RRSP grow tax-deferred until withdrawal, providing employees with a tax-efficient way to save for retirement. With a Group RRSP, employers have the flexibility to offer a valuable retirement benefit to their employees while also benefiting from tax advantages for themselves and their workforce.

Key Features of Group RRSPs

  • Employer Contributions: Employers often contribute to group RRSPs as part of their employee benefits package. Employer contributions can take the form of matching contributions, where the employer matches a percentage of the employee’s contributions, or non-matching contributions, where the employer contributes a set amount regardless of the employee’s contributions. These employer contributions serve as a valuable incentive for employees to participate in the plan and can significantly boost their retirement savings.
  • Tax Advantages: Contributions made to group RRSPs are tax-deductible for both employees and employers, reducing taxable income and resulting in immediate tax savings. Additionally, investment earnings within the RRSP grow tax-free until withdrawal, allowing participants to maximize the growth of their retirement savings over time. Withdrawals from RRSPs are taxed as income in the year they are withdrawn, typically during retirement when the individual’s income tax rate is lower.
  • Investment Options: Group RRSPs offer a range of investment options to suit the diverse needs and risk tolerances of participants. These options may include mutual funds, stocks, bonds, guaranteed investment certificates (GICs), and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Participants can choose from the available investment options based on their individual financial goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance.
  • Employee Ownership and Portability: Participants in group RRSPs have full ownership and control over their contributions and investment choices. If an employee leaves the company, they have the option to transfer their RRSP funds to an individual RRSP or another retirement savings vehicle without penalty. This portability allows employees to maintain continuity in their retirement savings and investment strategy, regardless of changes in employment.
  • Contribution Limits: Group RRSP contributions are subject to the same annual contribution limits as individual RRSPs, as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Participants can contribute up to a certain percentage of their income or a maximum dollar amount each year, whichever is lower. Unused contribution room can be carried forward indefinitely, providing flexibility for participants to catch up on contributions in future years.

Is a Group RRSP Right For My Business

Overall, group RRSPs offer a valuable retirement savings option for both employers and employees. By providing a tax-efficient way to save for retirement, along with employer contributions and a diverse range of investment options, group RRSPs help employees build a solid foundation for financial security in retirement.

If you are considering a Group Retirement Plan for you business, we are here to help guide you to the best solution. Barnett & Associates

Barnett & Associates Financial Services
Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) Frequently Asked Questions

The employee decides how the funds are invested within the context of the available choices.

Your retirement income will be determined by your decisions, how much you have and what decisions you make at retirement. Whether it is a life annuity of life income fund. In general the more you accumulate the more income you will have.

Yes, your money vests immediately and can be withdrawn in cash and or transferred to another RRSP.

But be careful because you as you can withdraw the money,  so can your creditors in the event of bankruptcy.

Yes the company contribution is taxable income but it counts as a contribution to an rrsp and then becomes a deduction from income.

Yes, employee group RRSP contributions count as an RRSP contribution and are deductible from your taxable income.

Paying yourself first is a time tested financial planning element that far to many are either unwilling to do or unable to do for themselves.  Group RRSP’s need not be expensive and can be established for as low as 1 % of salary.