Saving for retirement is important. Although it may seem like a long way off, the earlier you start planning for retirement, the easier it will be to reach your financial goals. The RRSP may play the most vital role in your retirement savings plan, but the TFSA can be an excellent ally as well.

Planning your retirement is easier than you think.

Here are a few steps to help you get started.

  • At this important stage of your life, you'll be able to rely on one or more of the following income sources:

    1. The federal government's Old Age Security (OAS) pension, starting at age 65
    2. Québec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits, if you contributed to the QPP pre-retirement
    3. Your employer-sponsored pension plan (pension plan, registered pension plan, employer plan, etc.), if applicable
    4. Your personal savings

    Learn more about your retirement income.

  • The ideal time to retire depends on your personal plans, your situation, your health, and your available income. By identifying the age at which you would like to retire, along with how much money you will need at that time, you'll be on your way to planning your savings.

    Before age 60

    You will need to rely solely on your personal savings or pension plan (pension plan, registered pension plan, employer plan, etc.), if you have one.

    As of age 60

    You will be eligible to receive a retirement pension from the Québec Pension Plan (QPP).

    As of age 65

    You will have access to all public sources of retirement income: the Québec Pension Plan (QPP), Old Age Security (OAS), and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), if you are eligible to receive them.

    Learn more about the best time to retire.

  • A number of factors need to be considered. First, what's your current income, pre-retirement? Do you plan to own or rent your home after you retire? For how many years? What projects are you hoping to carry out? Because every retirement plan is different, there's no magic number.

    That said, you should aim to have 50% to 70% of your gross annual employment income once you retire.

    You can estimate your retirement savings needs with the Québec government's SimulR tool, and you can use our budget tool to plan your retirement.

Retirement Guide: Picture your perfect retirement and plan for it!

When it comes to planning your retirement, it can be helpful to identify how you plan to spend your time after you stop working. Our Retirement Guide features questions to inform your thought process, help you understand yourself better, and figure out your interests and what you're capable of so that you can adequately plan your retirement.

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The RRSP as a retirement savings tool

As the name suggests, the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is the ideal savings vehicle for planning your retirement savings. It allows you to save while deferring the taxes you will have to pay. Since your income is likely to decrease after you retire, you will have less tax to pay when you withdraw funds from your RRSP.

The RRSP+ with the Fonds: Make the most of your retirement

In addition to the usual RRSP deductions, the RRSP+ with the Fonds gives you an additional 30% in tax savings1: for the same amount invested, you'll be able to save at a lower cost. For example, saving $2,500 in an RRSP+ account would only cost you $1,062.502. This allows you to plan for retirement without sacrificing your current lifestyle.

Discover the RRSP+ with the Fonds

The RRSP with FlexiFonds: For a retirement plan that meets your needs

By choosing the RRSP with FlexiFonds, you'll have access to three mutual funds tailored to various risk profiles and savings plans. What's more, investing with FlexiFonds is a great way to keep your savings local. 

Learn more about the RRSP with FlexiFonds

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The TFSA with FlexiFonds: The perfect complement to your retirement savings

Since the TFSA allows you to generate tax-free earnings, putting your savings to work in this type of account for as long as possible can really pay off. The TFSA can also be interesting for retirement savings, because it allows you to optimize your tax situation whenever you decide to withdraw your money. In addition, choosing FlexiFonds means investing in products made up of assets that are 70% linked to the local economy.

Learn more about the TFSA with FlexiFonds

Calculate the future value of your investments

Specify the amount you'd like to contribute each year and evaluate its effect on the value of your portfolio over time. This can help you plan your personal savings for retirement.

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Notes

*In light of its mission and investment strategies, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ anticipates an average net annual return of 3.5% to 4% for the Fonds' Class A shares over the long term. This return does not take into account the tax credits granted to shareholders when they purchase Fonds de solidarité FTQ shares and is subject to volatility on a semi-annual and annual basis. The rate of return is solely used to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate; it is not intended to reflect the future value of Fonds de solidarité FTQ shares.

Most frequently asked questions

Getting Started
What does my income need to be when I retire?
Most specialists agree that, if you want to maintain your lifestyle upon retirement, you’ll need roughly 70% of your gross annual work income
More Details : What does my income need to be when I retire?
Getting Started
Should you choose an RRSP or a TFSA?
The higher your tax rate is, the more it's to your advantage to contribute to your RRSP. However, if you plan on withdrawing amounts in the short term, consider contributing to your TFSA.
More Details : Should you choose an RRSP or a TFSA?
Getting Started
Is there an RRSP contribution limit in 2022?
Yes. This limit corresponds to your RRSP contribution room, which is indicated on your federal notice of assessment.
More Details : Is there an RRSP contribution limit in 2022?
Redemptions and withdrawals
Can I withdraw money from my RRSP+ before age 65?
You can benefit from the savings in your RRSP+ well before your 65th birthday, but only under certain conditions!
More Details : Can I withdraw money from my RRSP+ before age 65?
Getting Started
What other income will I receive when I retire?
Most specialists agree that, if you want to maintain your lifestyle upon retirement, you’ll need roughly 70% of your gross annual work income
More Details : What other income will I receive when I retire?
FlexiFonds
Can I transfer my savings to FlexiFonds from another financial institution?
Yes. You can transfer a TFSA or RRSP to FlexiFonds by phone or directly online. To transfer a RRIF, you will need to call us.
More Details : Can I transfer my savings to FlexiFonds from another financial institution?

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    The Fonds de solidarité FTQ's shareholders will receive 15% in tax credits from the Québec government and 15% from the federal government. They are capped at $1,500 per fiscal year, which represents a $5,000 purchase of shares of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

    Please read the prospectus before buying Fonds de solidarité FTQ shares. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained on the Website fondsftq.com, from a local representative or at the offices of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. The shares of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ are not guaranteed, their value changes and past performance may not be repeated.
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    Example for the 2022 taxation year, based on a person with a $40.000 taxable annual income with a marginal tax rate of 27.50%, receiving 52 paychecks per year and benefits from a tax refund on each paycheck. These amounts are estimates that could vary depending on your taxation status.

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