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Increasing pensionable service

We want to remind all members in the pension plan that you have two years from the date of receiving a tenured contract to purchase prior service. It is not from your start date unless your contract was for a tenured position. If you do not purchase the prior service during that window, you cannot do so later.

Prior service includes:

  • a period of employment with any participating employer during which time you did not make pension contributions, such as work as a sessional employee.
  • a period of pensionable service with an employer outside the UAPP, provided you meet all the required conditions.

For more information you can consult the UAPP Member Handbook ( or the UAPP Info Sheets (

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