Speak Up For Pension Security by Dec 21!

The security of our pensions is of highest importance to BCRTA members and all retired persons in Canada. The Government of Canada has recently announced a consultation on enhancing retirement security.

Act fast – the government has set a deadline for submissions of December 21, 2018.

It is easy to participate. Here’s how:

Click https://bcrta.ca/pension-consultation/ and you will be directed to a government site with a feedback form. Enter your name, email and region. Then you may enter a short statement of what is important to you.

Here are a few starter ideas for comments that our Pension and Benefits Committee suggest you include – in your own language. Pick one or two and personalize them with your thoughts.

  • Pension members should not live in fear that their defined benefit pension benefits might be surrendered, leaving them with a less secure form of pension.
  • A person’s pension is a contractual promise, paid for personally and by their deferred wages from their employer. Contracts must be honoured.
  • Pensioners should not be the most vulnerable when a company goes bankrupt. The pension plan should have first claim on the company assets or there should be a national pension insurance program to protect the pensioner.

When you’ve personalized your feedback, hit the ‘Submit’ button and pat yourself on the back – you’ve exercised your democratic right!

A high participation rate sends a message that pension security is an important election issue!