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We will eliminate the “marriage after 60” clawback clause, so that surviving spouses of veterans receive appropriate pension and health benefits.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise broken

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 51)


The Legion is still advocating for the elimination of the "marriage after 60" clawback since Article 31 of the Superannuation Law has not been repealed.


1985 - « Marriage after sixty years of age 31 (1) Subject to section 25.1 but notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the survivor of a contributor is not entitled to an annual allowance in respect of the contributor under this Part if at the time the contributor married the survivor or began to cohabit with the survivor in a relationship of a conjugal nature, the contributor had attained the age of sixty years unless, after that time, the contributor became or continued to be a contributor. Note: Act current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2013-01-01. » - Canadian Forces Superannuation Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-17


May 7, 2019 - « We would like to see the elimination of the “marriage after 60” claw back clause, so that surviving spouses of Veterans who happened to be married after the age of 60, still receive the appropriate pension and health benefits they deserve » - 17 ways the government can better care for Canada’s Veterans: The Royal Canadian Legion is calling for noticeable improvements in Government support of Veterans - Legion

February 13, 2018Bill C-397 - An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to survivor pension benefits (Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons)

November 21, 2017 - "If you are in receipt of a pension under the Regular Force Pension Plan, you can provide an Optional Survivor Benefit (OSB) for your new spouse if you get married after age 60 only if: you marry and apply for OSB within one year of your marriage; and you agree to reduce your current level of pension in exchange for providing a survivor pension to your new spouse at your death" - Notice to pensioners who marry after age 60 - Canadian Armed Forces pensions

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