Frequently Asked Questions

Questions lead to understanding the value of the pension plan so we thank all our stakeholders for asking questions. Those questions can come to us in many ways - through contact with our Employer Services Representatives and through employers on behalf of members.

Common Questions

1.
Where can I find the instructions for independent accountants or auditors?

The instructions are used to produce an accountant's report and to report related results to MEPP's administrator, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS). These instructions can be found on Pension e-guide under Employer Compliance Reporting.

2.
Does a employer have to file a Statement of Non-Participating Employees (ME44) each year?

Yes. Starting in 2015, as an employer you are required to file a ME44 directly with MEPP's administrator, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS), each year. The ME44 should be filed with APS at the same time as the Annual Statement of Control Environment (ASCE).

3.
Does the employer have to file an Annual Statement of Control Environment (ASCE) with APS each year?

Yes, the ASCE must be filed every year that an audit is not completed. A sample letter can be found on Pension e-guide.

4.
What happens when an employee reaches 35 years of service?

The maximum pensionable service an employee may have is 35 years. If one of your employees reaches this milestone, their membership in the Plan continues; however, you will need to stop remitting member and employer contributions on their behalf. The member's highest average salary, subject to the salary cap, used to calculate the pension when they retire may include the post-35 year salary even though contributions stopped.

5.
What should I do if I have a suggestion for modifying the terms of the Plan?

The Board appreciates receiving feedback/suggestions for potential plan improvements. To send your feedback/suggestions, e-mail the MEP Board at board@mepp.ca or write to MEP Board address on the contact us page.

6.
How do we recover overpayments for a Buyback Account?

When contributions have been reported after a buyback account has been closed the system will generate an overpayment invoice that can be transacted on the next remittance.

For more information, contact your Employer Services Representative.

7.
How do we report leaves spanning years?

Report leaves during the year-end process. If a leave spans more than one year, when the later portion of the leave is reported a costing will be auto-generated for the entire leave. No additional reporting is required..

8.
How do we find the current balance on for a Buyback account for a member?

Members' balances are shown on the Periodic Reporting of Buyback Accounts report available through the report generator or through the search function available in the Remittance process.

For more information, contact your Employer Services Representative.

9.
How do we close a Buyback account because of incorrect information?

E-mail your Employer Services Representative requesting to close the account. There may be additional steps if payments have been remitted to MEPP's administrator, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS).

10.
How do I reset my Employer Portal password?
Use the reset function on the Employer Portal login page.


For answers to questions not listed here, please contact your Employer Services Representative.