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about QROPS?

What is a QROPS?

A QROPS is a qualified recognised overseas pension scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to facilitate transfers between pension plans in the United Kingdom (UK) to pension plans in other countries that meet the requirements established by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Who would be a good candidate for a transfer to a QROPS?

QROPS are designed for UK residents who meet all the following criteria:

  • Now reside in Canada with expatriate status or are looking to relocate shortly
  • Plan on residing in Canada for a minimum of five (5) years
  • Plan on retiring in Canada
  • Wish to have their pension savings in the same country, in Canadian dollars

Why should a UK pension scheme be transferred to an iA Financial Group QROPS?

To benefit from…

  • market growth potential with all the benefits of segregated funds
  • a company with over a century of outstanding financial strength
  • a wide range of funds managed by highly competent professionals
  • creditor protection1
  • a quick, confidential transfer to heirs at your death (no probate fees)1

What kind of pension plans are eligible for transfer?2

Here are some examples:

  • Defined contribution (DC) pension schemes
  • Private-sector defined benefit (DB) schemes
  • Funded public-sector defined benefit (DB) schemes

What kind of pension plans CANNOT be transferred?2

Here are some examples:

  • UK state pension
  • Unfunded public-sector defined benefit (DB) scheme

You must be between 55 and 71 years of age to open a QROPS with funds from a UK pension plan.

HMRC regulations stipulate that no payment of pension may be made before the day on which the member reaches normal minimum pension age, which in this case, is 55 years of age.

  • 1 Possible with a beneficiary designation.
  • 2 For more information on pension schemes and their transferability you may contact a UK tax specialist or UK financial advisor (fees may apply)

Taxation & Fees


You can contact your financial security advisor to start the transfer process. Should you not already have a financial security advisor, you may reach a customer relations specialist.

If there is a change of circumstance within the five (5) full UK tax years of the transfer, there could be a taxation fee of 25%. Moreover, for a period of 10 years where you are no longer a UK resident, you could be subject to UK taxes should there be a withdrawal or transfer during this period.

Since the sums are deposited in a regulated pension scheme, the same rules and regulations apply for Canadian taxation as a regular RRSP.

The transfer may, in some circumstances, be free of UK taxes.

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