Ottawa: The provincial government of Ontario has said that  public sector employees retiring in 2017 and later will have to pay half of their benefits premiums for life, health, dental and vision coverage. Presently, government pays 100 per cent of the premiums. From 2017, the eligibility period for retiree benefits will be 20 years as compared to existing 10 years. Last week Flaherty had stated in the Fiscal plan for year 2014 that public sector retirees will pay for half of their premiums, up from the current 25 per cent.