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25% RRIF reduction in annual minimums

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On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced immediate action to assist Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the support measures is to provide flexible relief for concerned seniors who are required to redeem assets in this volatile market. Members are encouraged to read the Government of Canada’s Economic Statement to understand the new measure for annuitants of Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIF). If you have any questions, or would like to request a reduction to your RRIF payment, please call our Contact Centre at 1.888.517.7000.

RRIF Reduction in Annual Minimums FAQs

The 25% reduction in the annual minimum payment is optional.

This change is applicable only for this calendar year (2020) and only in those situations where the full minimum amount has not yet been paid to an annuitant.

This change will not apply to them as they have already received their 2020 minimum required payment

CRA has indicated that at this time they are not permitting the 25% reduction to be recontributed.        

Annuitants may request to reduce their remaining schedule of payments to meet the reduced minimum amount.

Yes, LIFs would follow the same minimum requirements and options.