Government of Ontario: Financial Services Commission of Ontario

Financial Hardship Unlocking – FORM FHU 1

Application for Medical Expenses, including Renovations to a Principal Residence for Medical Reasons

Approved by the Superintendent of Financial Services pursuant to the Pension Benefits Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.8

Only use this form for Applications in 2017

In this form, “PBA” refers to the Pension Benefits Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.8., and “Regulation” refers to Regulation 909, R.R.O. 1990

This Application may only be used to apply for money in your locked-in account that was earned in Ontario.

Submit your completed Application to the financial institution that administers your locked-in account.

Do not submit it to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO).

NOTE: Please read the User’s Guide to ensure this Application is filled out completely and correctly.

Use this Application to apply to withdraw money from an Ontario locked-in retirement account, life income fund or locked-in retirement income fund (referred to in this Application as a locked-in account) based on financial hardship for medical expenses relating to an illness or physical disability incurred by:

including expenses incurred for renovations or alterations to the principal residence of the owner, or the principal residence of the owner’s dependant or the owner’s spouse’s dependant, as a result of an illness or physical disability.

You cannot apply to withdraw money from this locked-in account under the category of medical expenses and renovations for a principal residence more than one time during a calendar year in respect of a particular person.

You must apply to withdraw at least $500 and cannot apply to withdraw more than the maximum amount permitted by the Regulation.

If your Application is approved, the money will be paid to you in one lump sum. The money cannot be paid out in any other interval, nor transferred to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). Also, any amount you withdraw from your account cannot subsequently be re-deposited in any locked-in account.

Please be aware that the amount that is approved will be reduced by the amount of tax that is required to be withheld. There may be additional amounts that may be deducted. You should ask your financial institution for an estimate of the amount that will be deducted before you decide how much money you want to apply to withdraw, but you cannot apply for an amount greater than the maximum amount permitted by Regulation.

Any withdrawal from your locked-in account may affect your eligibility for certain government benefits. To find out more, contact the government department or agency that provides these benefits.

When money is withdrawn from an Ontario locked-in account, the money will lose the creditor protection provided by the PBA and Regulation. In addition, any withdrawal you make from your locked-in account will decrease the amount of retirement income you receive or will receive in the future.

This form, including the required information, signatures, and supporting documents, is required by the Regulation, Schedule 1, Schedule 1.1, Schedule 2, or Schedule 3 to the Regulation, as applicable.

Note: Under privacy legislation, it is the responsibility of your financial institution to advise you of the purposes for which personal information is collected, used or disclosed. Your financial institution and its representatives are required to comply with all applicable privacy requirements in dealing with information required to be provided as part of this Application.

Part 1 - Information About the Owner of the Ontario Locked-in Account

1. Provide the following information about yourself:



Date of Birth:

Mailing Address




Contact Number:

Fax Number:

2. Provide the following information about your Ontario locked-in account from which you are applying to withdraw money.

3. Please see the User’s Guide for the definition of “spouse” under the PBA. If you have a spouse on the date you sign this Application, provide the following information about your spouse:



Date of Birth:

Spouse’s Mailing Address






Contact Number:


Part 2 - Medical Expenses (Including Renovation Expenses)

Medical expenses include expenses for goods and services of a medical or dental nature, and:

made necessary by the illness or physical disability of the owner, the owner’s spouse, or a dependant of the owner or the owner’s spouse.

You cannot apply for renovation expenses for your spouse’s principal residence if it is different from your own.

If you want to apply for medical expenses to treat more than one person, you must complete a separate application for each person and the physician or dentist must complete his or her statement relating to that person.

1. Who has the illness or physical disability?




If you answered “Your dependant” or “Your spouse’s dependant”, provide the following information about the dependant:



Date of Birth:

Dependent's Mailing Address:





Dependent's Contact Number:

Contact Number:

2. Other than this Application, have you applied to withdraw money from this locked-in account based on medical expenses for the person identified in this Application at any time during 2017?


If you answered “Yes”, you cannot apply again based on medical expenses for this person from this account this year. You must wait until 2018 to apply under this category and use the 2018 Application form.

3. What is the maximum amount you may withdraw?

The maximum amount you can withdraw is the smaller of:

  1. 50% of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) for 2017, which is:

  2. AND

    The sum of:
    1. the amount of medical expenses already incurred for the person identified in this Application, and

    2. an estimate of the total amount of medical expenses for 12 months after the date on which this Application is signed. This estimate should include expenses for any renovations that have been made or will be made to the applicant’s or dependant’s principal residence made necessary by the illness or physical disability:


  3. Enter the smaller of 3a and 3b – this is the maximum amount you may withdraw.

4. How much money are you applying to withdraw from this locked-in account?

Note that you are not permitted to apply to withdraw an amount:

Note: If your application is approved, the amount you have applied to withdraw will be reduced by withholding tax and other additional amounts that may be deducted.

5. What principal residence has been or will be renovated?

The principal residence must be one of the following:






Additional documents required:

A statement regarding the medical expenses required must be signed and dated by a medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in Canada, or a dentist licensed to practice dentistry in Canada and must accompany this Application.  The doctor or dentist may either complete Part 5 of the Application or provide a letter containing the required information.  Certain professionals such as chiropractors and physiotherapists are not medical doctors for the purposes of completing Part 5 of the Application or providing a letter containing the required information.  Please see the User’s Guide for more details.

You must attach copies of receipts or estimates to account for the total amount of the medical expenses being claimed (i.e., the goods and services purchased or to be purchased to treat the person’s illness or physical disability).  Please see the User’s Guide for more details.


Part 3 - Certification by the Owner of the Locked-in Account

Please read the User’s Guide before you complete the Certification.

This Certification will not be valid for the purpose of your Application if it is dated more than 60 days before the date the financial institution that administers your Ontario locked-in account receives this completed Application.

Certification

I own the locked-in account identified in Part 1 of this Application. I hereby apply to withdraw from the locked-in account the amount set out in Part 2 of this Application. I understand that the amount that is approved will be reduced by withholding tax payable on the money withdrawn from the account and an additional amount that may be deducted by my financial institution.

I certify that on the date I sign this Part: (Check only one of the options below.)




I also certify that:

  1. all the information in this Application and in the accompanying documents is accurate and complete; and
  2. I have not previously applied to withdraw money for medical expenses in 2017 from this locked-in account in respect of the person identified in Part 2.

I understand that:

  1. any money withdrawn from the locked-in account will no longer be exempt under section 66 of the Ontario Pension Benefits Act from execution, seizure or attachment by persons such as creditors;
  2. it is an offence under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act to provide information in this Application which is not true, accurate and complete, punishable on conviction by a maximum fine of $100,000 for a first conviction, and a maximum fine of $200,000 for any subsequent conviction; and
  3. it is a criminal offence under the federal Criminal Code for anyone to knowingly make or use a false document with the intent that it be acted on as genuine, punishable on conviction by a maximum term of 10 years imprisonment.

*Please refer to the User’s guide for the definition of “spouse” under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act.

The owner of the locked-in account must sign this Certification in the presence of an adult witness.



Date Signed:

Witness Information




Part 4 - Consent of the Owner’s Spouse to the Withdrawal

This Part needs to be completed only if the owner of the locked-in account attests in Part 3 of this Application that the owner has a spouse who consents to the withdrawal of money from the account. The owner of the locked-in account cannot complete this Part.

If you are the spouse of the owner of the locked-in account and you are asked to consent to this Application to withdraw money from the owner’s account, you should get advice from a lawyer about your rights and the legal consequences of signing the Consent below. You are not obligated to sign the Consent below.

If you wish to consent, please read the Consent below. If you are satisfied that the Consent correctly describes your situation, in the presence of a witness (an adult who is not the owner of the locked-in account), please sign, date and fill in the required information, and have your witness sign the Consent.

The Consent will not be valid for the purposes of this Application if the Consent is dated more than 60 days before the date the financial institution receives it.

Consent

I am the spouse of the owner of the locked-in account identified in Part 1 of this Application.

I understand that:

  1. the owner is making an Application to withdraw money from the locked-in account, and that the owner cannot withdraw the money from the locked-in account without my consent;
  2. as long as this money is kept in the locked-in account, I may have a right to a share of this money if there is a breakdown in our spousal relationship or if the owner dies; andif any money is withdrawn from the locked-in account, I may lose any right that I have to a share of the money withdrawn.

I consent to the owner’s Application to withdraw money from the locked-in account.

I give my consent by signing and dating this Consent in the presence of a witness.

The owner’s spouse must sign this Consent in the presence of the witness.



Date Signed:

Spouse Information



Witness Information




Part 5 - Statement of a Physician or Dentist

You must provide a statement signed by a physician or dentist licensed to practice medicine or dentistry in Canada. The physician or dentist must indicate that, in his or her opinion, the medical expenses claimed are or were necessary to treat the person’s illness or physical disability or that renovations to a principal residence are or were necessary as a result of the person’s illness or physical disability.  This requirement may be satisfied by a physician or dentist completing this Part, or by providing a separate document signed and dated by the physician or dentist, containing all the information required in this Part.

The owner of the locked-in account cannot complete this Part.

If you are a physician or dentist licensed to practice in Canada, you may complete the Physician’s or Dentist’s Statement below for the purposes of this Application. If you wish to complete the Statement, please check only one of the boxes in the Statement and fill in the other information needed to complete the Statement. Sign, date and fill in the information at the bottom of the Statement and attach any additional pages if necessary.

The Physician’s or Dentist’s Statement will not be valid for the purposes of this Application if the Statement is dated more than 12 months before the date the financial institution receives it.

Physician’s or Dentist’s Statement

I am a: (Check only one of the options below.)


In my opinion,

has/had an illness or physical disability and:



Physician or Dentist Information








Contact Number:

Date Signed: