Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA)

The Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA) and Locked-In Retirement Savings Plan (LRSP) enable you, as an employee to maintain the tax-deferred status of pension plan proceeds received when you leave a company. LIRA’s lock in your money, but not your investment options. These plans are governed by federal or provincial pension legislation.

Administrative information:

  • The LIRA can receive pension proceeds if the planholder earned the pension while working in a province other than B.C., Nova Scotia, or P.E.I.
  • For pensions earned in B.C. or Nova Scotia, or while working in an industry governed by federal pension legislation, Trimark offers the LRSP
  • P.E.I. has not yet established its own pension legislation, therefore any locked-in plans from P.E.I. must be handled individually
  • All money in locked-in plans must come from your Registered Pension Plan (RPP) or from another locked-in plan. You can’t make additional contributions, but you can decide how your money is invested.

Special information:

  • The LIRA or LRSP must be collapsed in the year in which you have your 71th birthday. You can then:
  • Purchase an annuity
  • Transfer the assets to a LIF or LRIF, depending on the pension legislation governing the LIRA or LRSP

Contact our office for more info.