Purchasing Periods of Part-Time Service for Child or Family Care Reasons

Members who worked in job-sharing arrangements or on a part-time basis temporarily to care for their child or another family member may be eligible to purchase eligible service for such periods to establish the equivalent of full-time pensionable service. There are several benefits to increasing pensionable service, but the two biggest benefits are:

  1. Increasing the amount of pensionable service may mean a member who has not yet retired can retire earlier; and,
  2. Adding in pensionable service will increase the value of a member’s retirement benefit.

For more information about purchasing such service, please select the category applicable to your situation.

Active Members with Periods of Service Prior to January 1, 2022

The deadline has now passed for SFPP active members to apply to purchase eligible periods of service from prior to January 1, 2022, on a contributions cost basis. As a result, SFPP active members are no longer eligible to purchase this service on a contributions cost basis. 

If you applied to purchase this service and have questions, please review the information below. If you have any other questions, please contact the SFPP Member Services Centre at 1-877-809-7377 (SFPP).


1. What if I missed the deadlines outlined in my Buyback Proposal?

2. Can I decide to stop making instalment payments?

3. What happens if I terminate from participating in SFPP? Will I be able to continue to make payments?

Deferred Members and Pensioners


1. Why would I want to purchase periods of eligible service?

2. How do I know if I am eligible to purchase periods of eligible service?

3. What does it mean for my hours of work to have been temporarily reduced?

4. What is a contribution-based purchase of service?

5. Is there a limit on how much service I can buy back on a contributions cost basis?

6. If I am eligible, what is the process to purchase this eligible service?

7. What information will I need to provide in the SFPP Child or Family Care Pension Purchase Application form?

8. Once I complete the Child or Family Care Pension Purchase Application form, where do I send it?

9.   How do I pay for my purchase of eligible service?

10.  What happens if my application is not received by SFPP, or I do not make my election and/or payment by the deadline outlined in my Buyback Proposal?

11. If I apply for a Buyback Proposal, how long will I have to decide whether to proceed with the purchase?

12. If I still have specific questions about this matter, who do I contact?

13.   What are some examples of eligible periods of service?

14. What is an example of the potential cost of purchasing a period of eligible service on a contributions cost basis?

Active Members with Periods of Service After December 31, 2021

SFPP will be providing information on the process for purchasing periods of service that occurred after December 31, 2021, at a later date. Please check back here in early 2024 for updated information.


1. How do I know if I am eligible to purchase eligible periods of service?

2. What does it mean for my hours of work to have been temporarily reduced?

3. What is a contribution-based purchase of service?

4. Is there a limit on how much service I can buy back on a contributions cost basis?

5. If I am eligible, what is the process to purchase this eligible service?

6. How do I pay for my purchase of eligible service?

7. If I still have specific questions about this matter, who do I contact?

8. What are some examples of eligible periods of service?

9. What is an example of the potential cost of purchasing a period of eligible service on a contributions cost basis?