Working After Retirement
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WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT
Retirement is seen as a time when you can stop working and spend the rest of your life slowing down and enjoying leisure activities. However, you may want or need to work after retirement. Many Canadians who are not yet retired say that they plan to do some kind of work for pay after retirement.
The 2 biggest reasons for working after retirement are:
- Personal reasons, such as wanting to have something to do
- Financial reasons
PERSONAL REASONS FOR WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT
Many people look forward to retirement as a time to do things that they put off or never had time to do. This often includes projects around the house, traveling, and hobbies. However, after the closets have been cleaned, the trips are over, and the crosswords have been worked, boredom may set in. You may find yourself wishing you had a job. Some people want the challenges of solving problems and achieving goals at work. Others enjoy passing their knowledge and skills on to others. You may be able to choose work based more on your interests than on how much it pays. Many retirees begin new careers that fulfill lifelong dreams.
If you want to stay connected to others, you could get a paid job or you could volunteer. Volunteering can be a way to meet other people who share your interests and value your skills. For example, you might volunteer in a natural history museum or national park. Or you might volunteer as a tutor in a school.
How much do you want to work? Most retirees do not want to work 40 hours a week. You may want work that allows you to take time off to travel or enjoy other leisure activities. Also, you may find that you tire more easily and may not be able to work as many hours as you once did.
You may want to work because funds from your savings, private pension, or public pensions are not enough to meet your needs. However, working after retirement can have both positive and negative effects on your finances.
Some of the things to think about before retiring include:
- Savings. If you delay retirement, you can delay withdrawals from RRSP or other savings plans. You can have more time to build up your retirement plan.
- Public Pensions. Canada Pension Plan benefit payments are based on your earning years.
- Depending on your year of birth, you will reach your full retirement age at 65. You can start your Canada Pension Plan retirement benefits as early as age 60, but the amount you receive will be less than it will be if you wait until your full retirement age.
Some of the things to think about after you’ve retired include:
- Pension problems. Returning to work after retiring could affect your pension. Be sure to check with your former employer about possible penalties, especially if you work again for the same employer. Your pension will not be affected if you take a lump-sum pension payment when you leave your job.
- Health insurance. It can be hard to find a part-time job that offers health benefits if you did not maintain your benefits after retirement. Provincial Pharmacare programs are available, if you meet the criteria.
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
To find out about places where you can volunteer, you can:
- Contact local schools, churches, hospitals, or museums.
- Contact your local senior center.
If you are seeking paid employment after retirement:
- Make sure you know how it will affect your finances
- Talk with a financial advisor or pension administrator to find out how going back to work will affect your finances.
Your former employer may be your best option for a job after you retire. You have proven skills and experience. If you enjoyed the job and your coworkers, this could be the best place to start. However, if your job was stressful, or you dreamed of retirement as a way to finally get away, it may be best to find a different employer or different kind of work.
If you look for paid work, you should know that your age may make a difference. Some employers believe that older workers take longer to train, work more slowly, are more likely to get hurt, or will take a lot of time off. Other employers feel that older adults are skilled, experienced, and can be counted on to do the job.
Deciding what to do when you retire is very personal. The answers are different for different people. Whether you become a dog walker or a consultant to a major corporation, the most important thing is that you enjoy what you do. Retirement should be some of the best years of your life.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Government of Canada
Nova Scotia – Seniors’ Pharmacare Program
Prince Edward Island – Pharmacare