Bill 73 – Act respecting mainly the implementation of the recommendations of the pension committee of certain public sector pension plans | Protecteur du Citoyen
November 16, 2015

Bill 73 – Act respecting mainly the implementation of the recommendations of the pension committee of certain public sector pension plans

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The Québec Ombudsman submitted its comments on Bill 73, Act respecting mainly the implementation of the recommendations of the pension committee of certain public sector pension plans, to the Committee on Public Finance.

End of a harmful situation 

The Ombudsperson subscribes to the amendments to the Act respecting the Government and Public Employee Retirement Plan aimed at obliging the Commission administrative des régimes de retraite et d’assurances (CARRA) to remit an amount where the amount was paid further to an error the citizen could not have reasonably noticed. This new obligation will contribute to minimizing the adverse effects on citizens who, until now, saw themselves issued claims for overpayments due to errors of this kind.

The amendments introduced by Bill 73 are in response to a recommendation made by the Québec Ombudsman in its 2009-2010 Annual Report and reiterated many times in recent years.

Unfairness

However, the Ombudsperson draws attention to the unfair situation created by the date of coming into force of the new provisions—January 1, 2016. She hopes that, with a view to keeping litigation out of the courts, CARRA will compensate citizens currently wronged by these mistakes in cases where it is civilly liable for a serious error.