Effective January 1, 2017, the definition of "spouse" in section 1(1) of the Pension Benefits Act (PBA) has been amended.
Spouse means, except where otherwise indicated in the PBA, either of two persons who,
- are married to each other, or
- are not married to each other and are living together in a conjugal relationship,
- continuously for a period of not less than three years, or
- in a relationship of some permanence, if they are the parents of a child as set out in section 4 of the Children’s Law Reform Act (“conjoint”).