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Do you have RRSP through your employer? If so, you might qualify for RRSP matching to boost your retirement savings. If you qualify and do not partake in it, then you are missing out big time! If you never heard of RRSP matching, read on to learn more and see how you can take advantage of it.

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What is RRSP matching?

One of the features of several group retirement savings programs is RRSP matching. According to a matching program, employers match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar up to some predetermined sum, or up to a certain percentage of the employee’s income.

RRSP matching may be based on an employee’s productivity or output in certain cases.

Employers have the last say on whether or not to match employee contributions and by how much.

What is an RRSP matching program?

An RRSP matching program is an employer-funded incentive for workers to save for retirement, much like other employer-sponsored retirement savings plans. Payroll deductions made by employees are matched in whole or in part by their employers when such contributions are made to their RRSPs.

The conditions of the matching program may be tailored by employers in a variety of ways, including the minimum length of employment, the maximum employee contribution, and the percentage of contributions that will be matched. These regulations may aid in cost management and guarantee that the proper incentives are in place. For instance, to add a valuable benefit that corresponds with the first annual performance evaluation, you may limit participation to staff members with at least one year of service. To guarantee that their participation is worthwhile, you may mandate that workers save a certain proportion of their wages in order to get matching funds. In order to keep costs under control, you might limit matching to a certain cash amount or percentage of the employee’s compensation.

How do RRSP matching programs work?

To begin, you must first choose to participate in the matching RRSP program offered by your employer.

As soon as you’ve signed up for the group RRSP, you’ll be able to make monthly contributions to it through payroll deductions — either a set cash amount or a percentage of your pay cheque — which your company will then match.

Investment options offered by the retirement savings programs provider or investment management company will normally enable you to choose how to invest your contributions.

For instance, if you make $100,000 a year and contribute $5,000 to your employer’s group RRSP, you will have contributed 5%of your income. If your company contributes up to 4% of your income, they’ll match your contributions up to $4,000 in total. They’ll match the whole amount of your contribution if it’s less than 4% of your total annual income, such as $1,000 in this case.

In other words, you won’t be getting any extra credit. The “matches” from your company will not be available if you do not participate in the group RRSP or if you do not contribute to the plan in a given year.

It’s possible to transfer or withdraw contributions made by workers and employers into a group RRSP if you’re no longer employed by the same firm.

The employer’s contributions could be subject toa vesting time before you can take them, however, if the plan is structured up such that the employer part goes into a deferred profit-sharing plan rather than the group RRSP.

The group RRSP may also have limits on withdrawals while you’re employed by a company.

Benefits of RSP Matching

  1. Employer-sponsored RRSP matching is a simple method to boost your retirement contributions.
  2. RRSP matching may be a significant component of an employee’s remuneration package and serves as an incentive for them to contribute to the corporate retirement plan.
  3. Other investments are probably unable to equal the return offered by the assured RRSP match.
  4. Joining a team of RRSPs are quite straightforward; workers may benefit from RRSP matching plans at any time after being hired (or when they first become eligible).
  5. You may often opt in later if you’re uncertain about initially participating in the RRSP matching program.
  6. Your retirement savings programs contribution account statements will include both your personal contributions as well as contributions made by the employer at the end of each year. Taxes may be reduced as a consequence of this action.

Downsides of RSP Matching

Although there aren’t many drawbacks to using RRSP matching in a group plan, certain workers may need to carefully examine a few characteristics based on their circumstances.

  1. Your yearly maximum contribution limit does take employer contributions into the account.
  2. Employer contributions have tax effects since they are regarded as taxable income and are shown on your T4 slip each year during tax season.
  3. The investment choices available to group RRSP participants will generally be fewer than those available in an individual RRSP.

Do most companies match RRSP?

Not all employers match RRSP contributions. When you are hired, your employer is required to tell you when you are eligible to join the group health insurance plan of the firm (for some workers, this could be on day one, for others, it might not be until after a few months).Additionally, the employer must be transparent about whether and how much they will contribute to the group RRSP in matching funds.

It is essential to get in touch with your HR department or the plan administrator if you have particular queries regarding the operation of your company’s group RRSP and if they provide matching.

Major financial institutions or registered insurance organizations often manage group RRSPs.

Group RRSPs vs. RRSP matching

RRSP matching may be thought of as an addition to certain group RRSPs.

Employer matching or contributions are not often available in group RRSPs, but when they are, they are always made inside the company’s group RRSP.

Contributions to RRSPs kept outside of the group plan by you personally will not be matched by your employer.

RRSP matching: What is the benefit for employers?

Employers have several benefits from matching their workers’ RRSP contributions. As well as making their employees more financially secure, an RRSP matching program may contribute to the long-term success of their company.

1. Attracting new talent

Given the labor shortages and the rising number of workers searching for better employment opportunities, it is essential to give competitive remuneration packages that go beyond fashionable perks and flexible work schedules. If you can spend an additional 3 to 5 percent of their pay to planning for their retirement, that might offer you an advantage over other businesses.

2. Retaining existing workers

Many people are looking for new jobs right now due to the competitive nature of the employment market. Give them still another incentive to stay with you by offering the potential of a more stable financial future, in addition to a tax-free pay raise and lower investment costs than those offered by individual RRSPs.

3. Competing with employers from the public sector or large corporations

Companies who cannot afford to provide extensive(and expensive) stock options and pension plans might adopt an employer RRSP matching scheme that offers many of the same advantages. You may persuade workers to choose your company if a competitive savings plan makes the difference between the two positions.

4. Encouraging your staff to save

By matching employee RRSP contributions, you’re encouraging staff to make investments in their own futures. It is in everyone’s best interest that more Canadians plan for retirement.

5. Increasing productivity and efficiency

Employees are better able to concentrate on their work when they feel more financially secure, especially when they are aware that their employer is contributing to their retirement savings.

Improving business finances by obtaining tax deductions. Contributions may be specified by employers, and tax deductions can be obtained via such contributions.

RRSP matching: an effective method to win over the heart of an employee

Employees prioritize having a caring environment at work. They want their employers to be aware of their aspirations and to actively contribute to improving their quality of life.

An RRSP matching scheme is one method to do this. You may convince potential workers that you’re the company they should pick and stay with over the long run by providing them with a method to boost their overall income and get assistance saving for significant life milestones like retirement and house ownership.


Yes. Contributions paid to your RRSP by your employer are treated as income for tax purposes and will appear on your T4form each year. Nonetheless, you’ll receive an RRSP contribution receipt for both your own and your employer’s contributions, so the extra income may be offset.

You won’t get governmental matching contributions to your RRSP personal or group accounts, unlike the other registered savings programs (like RESP), where contributions are matched up to a certain level.

It is often up to each employee to decide whether to take part in their company’s group RRSP and any employer matching programs (unless your employer’s group plan is required by law). Despite this, many Canadians believe that RRSP employer matching schemes provide “free” retirement funds that should be used.

Your choice may also be influenced by whether you have RRSP contribution space, which is accumulated over the course of a year, in a particular year. For instance, you may not have sufficient contribution room if you’ve just recently begun working.

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Written by:

Jim Pan, CFP, MFA-P

Jim is a dedicated, fee and advice only independent Certified Financial Planner with a focus on supporting healthcare business owners during their crucial growth phase. His expertise lies in offering comprehensive solutions to minimize taxes while embracing a holistic approach. With a career spanning back to 2010, Jim has established a strong presence in the financial industry. He proudly holds a range of designations, including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Master Financial Advisor - Philanthropy (MFA-P). He is currently pursuing additional designations and qualifications to better serve his clients and community. Beyond his qualifications, Jim is a member and an esteemed participant in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an exclusive global association comprising the top 1% of financial advisors. Jim's commitment extends to the community, where he spearheads numerous charitable fundraising events and plays an active role in enhancing the well-being of others. Additionally, he has contributed significantly by serving on the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Vancouver. Currently, he volunteers with Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) to present personal finance topics to youths.

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