Making Sense of Pensions & Group Benefits

 What is covered? —Your Pension, CPP, OAS & Group Benefit Options in Retirement

  • Teachers' Pension Plan—very brief summary
  • Government Pension Benefits: Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • Government Health Benefits: BC Medical, Fair Pharmacare
  • Non-Government Group Benefits: life insurance, dental plans, extended health benefits, travel insurance


Assessing your insurance needs-- knowing the benefit rules-- finding alternatives

Premium costs of benefits vs no financial surprises vs catastrophic financial risk

Options for health care benefits

Q&A if time allows  

 Email address for those who have questions not answered during the presentation

 Presentation slides, working docs and future updates: 


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10:50 AM - 12:20 PM

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  • BC Retired Teachers' Association
    Elizabeth Mackenzie

    BCRTA Pension Committee member

    Former President- Chilliwack Teachers’ Association 

    Former Assistant Director, BCTF Income Security Division

    Former Teachers' Pension Plan Trustee

    Former TTP Advisory Committee member

    Pension Plan Administration certificate

  • BC Retired Teachers' Association
    Carolyn Prellwitz


    Former President, Cowichan District Teachers’ Association

    Former Trustee, BC Teachers’ Pension Plan

    Former  BCTF Assistant Director, Income Security Division

    Currently, Vice-President, Cowichan Historical Society



  • BC Retired Teachers' Association
    Tim Anderson

    Tim is Executive Director of BC Retired Teachers' Association.

  • Linda Watson

    BCRTA Workshop Facilitator 2018 to the  present

    Former Chair of the BC Teachers’ Pension Board.

    Member of  Pension Board 2000 to 2017

    Former Chair to Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee

    Former Local Pres. North Vancouver T.A

    Former 2nd Vice President BCTF

    ATMS Certificates in Pension Management