How to name (or change) a beneficiary (limited member)

Learn how to name a beneficiary (other than your estate) if you're a limited member of the plan. 

If you are a former spouse of a plan member, you can apply to become a limited member of the plan after your separation or divorce. As a limited member, you can receive a portion of your former spouse’s pension benefit.

If you die, your portion of your former spouse’s pension benefit will be paid to your beneficiary. As a limited member, your estate is automatically your beneficiary. If you have remarried or are in a common-law relationship of more than two years, your new spouse is not automatically your beneficiary and there is no requirement for you to name your new spouse.

You can name a beneficiary other than your estate by completing the Nomination of beneficiary (for limited member) form. You can name one or more people or organizations (such as societies, charities, trusts or corporations) as your beneficiary or beneficiaries. You can also name your current spouse.

The total percentage of the benefit you allocate to your beneficiaries must equal 100 per cent.

All beneficiary nominations must comply with separation agreements and court orders that apply to your limited member pension.