Earlier this summer, our provincial government made an announcement. It’s considering amending rules around Locked in Pension Accounts. This may allow people access to a portion of their retirement income, if they’re experiencing sufficient financial strain.
The COVID 19 Pandemic has led to massive layoffs and job losses.
Financial pressures for many individuals has been created by this. As a result, our government has received numerous inquiries from individuals requesting access to their Retirement Assets.
Did you know this proposal is new for Newfoundland, but isn’t new to Canada?
In fact, you may qualify to unlock up to 50% of your holdings inside your Locked in account, if you live in Alberta, or you have a Federally regulated Locked in account.
If you have a Locked in account, there are some questions you may wish to consider. For example:
• Do I meet the eligibility requirements?
• How much money can I access?
• What type of account can be accessed?
• What impact will this have on my pension income?
• How frequently can I unlock my funds?
These are all very important questions. If you want to discuss what your options are, get in touch with us by clicking ‘Request A Meeting’ above. One of our Certified Financial Planners will be happy to answer your questions and review your best options with you.
For your reference, here’s a link to the Government news release from earlier this year: https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/servicenl/0729n01/