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Membership Eligibility

How do I join the Plan?

Permanent Employees

Membership is mandatory if you work as a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee of a SHEPP participating employer.

Your employer will enrol you in SHEPP and start to deduct contributions from your pay effective the first of the month coinciding with or immediately following your appointment to permanent full-time or permanent part-time employment.

If you were hired before your employer joined SHEPP, membership is optional. You can choose to join on the first of any following month, but membership is not retroactive.

Non-Permanent Employees

If you are not a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee, there are two ways to become eligible to join SHEPP:

  • by working at least 780 hours in the preceding calendar year; or
  • by working at least 700 hours in each of the two preceding calendar years.

Your employer will notify you if you become eligible to join SHEPP. Once eligible, you can choose to join on the first of any month in that calendar year.

If you qualify while you are on a leave of absence, you have the option to enrol on the first day of any month following your return to work. If you don't join in that year, you'll have to qualify again to become eligible to join the Plan.

Once enrolled, your membership will continue until you have terminated employment with all of your SHEPP employers.

Employees with Multiple Employers

If you work for more than one SHEPP participating employer, your eligibility will be based on all SHEPP eligible positions held with all SHEPP employers. Once enrolled, you will join the Plan with all of the SHEPP employers for whom you work.

Moving Between SHEPP Participating Employers

If you move between SHEPP participating employers, and your break in service is 30 days or less, you will automatically maintain Plan membership. If your break in service is more than 30 days, you will need to re qualify for Plan membership based on the eligibility rules.