Disability Retirement Application Process
If you feel you are no longer able to perform the essential duties of your position you can file a Disability Retirement Form with your local retirement board. There are two types of disability benefits available:
- Accidental Disability – you sustained an injury or hazard while in the performance of your duties
- Ordinary Disability – you sustained an injury off duty or have an illness that is not related to the performance of your duties
Contact your local retirement board first
The process for either application must begin with your local retirement board. If you are unsure which board you are a member of, please review our list of boards below:
Working in Retirement as a Disability Retiree
The Annual Statement of Earned Income (s. 91A)
Disability retirees are restricted in how much they may work in retirement regardless of whether it is private or public sector employment. Disability retirees must file an Annual Statement of Earned Income. If you are unsure how much you can earn in a calendar year, our online worksheet can be used to determine that amount.
Comprehensive Medical Evaluation Process
Disability retirees must undergo comprehensive medical examinations after retirement to determine if they are still disabled. These examinations take place once a year or at a frequency determined by PERAC’s Disability Unit.
Rehabilitation Process for Disability Retirees
After undergoing a comprehensive medical examination it may be determined that you may be able to return to work after rehabilitation. PERAC’s disability unit oversees the rehabilitation process.
Restoration-to-Service (RTS) Examination Process
After the Comprehensive Medical Examination or Rehabilitation you may be able to return to service. Your return to service must be approved by PERAC and recommended by PERAC appointed physicians.