In partnership with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), we surveyed Canadians on Alberta’s proposal to leave the Canada Pension Plan in order to create their own provincial pension for Albertans. 

Key takeaways

  • A plurality of Canadians oppose (30% strongly, 14% somewhat) Alberta’s withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan to establish their own pension plan.
  • 29% say they don’t know, so this is very much an issue on which Canadians have not made up their minds.
  • Only 10% are strongly supportive, and 17% somewhat support the proposal.
  • Among survey respondents from Alberta, 47% oppose the proposal (38% strongly, 9% somewhat), 35% support the proposal, and 18% don’t know.

A strong plurality of Canadians favour Alberta remaining part of the CPP with 44% voicing their disapproval of Alberta’s plan, with 30% expressing strong opposition and 14% somewhat opposed. 

On the other hand, 10% of respondents were strongly in favour of Alberta’s proposal, while 17% offered somewhat supportive views. 29% of Canadians were unaware of or had not formed an opinion on the issue. 

Albertans themselves are divided on whether they should pull their retirement savings out of the national scheme. Out of 125 Alberta respondents to the survey, 47% were against the proposal, with 38% standing in strong opposition and 9% somewhat opposed. 35% of Albertans support their province’s proposal and 18% are unaware or undecided.

The findings of the Pluriel Research poll support the views of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP). “Each year, the CPP provides exceptional returns that are a model envied by jurisdictions around the world”, said Bill VanGorder, CARP’s Chief Policy Officer. “The Canadian Association of Retired Persons strongly stands for a CPP that includes. Alberta, and all current participating provinces. The CPP is strongest when it works as it has for over 50 years with the continued unity of a Canada-wide, national pension plan that is free of political interference and the politics of the day,” he said.

Methodological Note: these results are part of Pluriel Research’s “What Canadians Think” omnibus survey, one of Pluriel’s high-frequency data products. The survey was fielded online from Sept 25-26, 2023, with a total of 1,092 respondents (Canadians 18+), and survey weights were applied to account for any remaining sampling imbalances. The margin-of-error for an equivalent probability sample is +/- 3%. Margins-of-error for subgroups in the sample are larger commensurate with their share of the population.