January is National Mentoring Month
Now, you can make the switch to paying by DDS online – it’s quick, easy and secure!
Gerry Leahy of the Avalon-Burin Peninsula Branch took home the survey’s grand prize.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has released the 2021 Quebec taxable benefits calculations for the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan (PDSP).

Mr. Gary Oberg announced his resignation as President of the Association at the June 2015 Annual Meeting of Members, effective July 10, 2015.

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Federal Retirees' CEO Simon Coakeley (left) and President Jean-Guy Soulière (right) caught up with award recipient Steve Verheul (middle) at this year’s Federal Retirees Volunteer Recognition Dinner on June 20.  

 

 

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the National Association of Federal Retirees with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1.

The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2020, is two per cent.

Your support matters! Last year, retirees donated just over $3 million through the GCWCC.
Federal Retirees memberships are better together! Extend all the perks of membership to your partner by turning your single membership into a double.
 

What’s a double membership? We’re so glad you asked!

 

Last Thursday, the National Association of Federal Retirees welcomed 120 volunteers for a tour of the recently rededicated Claude Edwards building, named for Claude A. Edwards, who served as president of the Federal Superannuates National Association from 1989 to 1998.

There is a new version of this article. Check out the latest update – now, you can make the switch to DDS online!
 

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Michael Walters, President of the Hamilton & District Branch (left) and Federal Retirees' President Jean-Guy Soulière
Be sure to take the time to check in with yourself and care for your mental health.
CAF veteran Dr. Karen Breeck has taken some important lessons from two decades of military service, including how fortunate we are to be Canadian.
In its recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Federal Retirees focused on the critical importance of a national seniors strategy.

January is National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recognize the value of mentorship and to celebrate the hardworking mentors in our homes, offices and communities. Mentoring is much more than a simple transfer of knowledge and has reciprocal benefits for both the mentor and mentee.

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the National Association of Federal Retirees with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1.

The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2021, is one per cent.

Federal Retirees’ CEO, Simon Coakeley, addressed the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities by videoconference on May 25.
Federal Retirees and the federal public service unions want to make sure Treasury Board gets the message – PSHCP renewal is long overdue.

Ms. Sylvia Ceacero has resigned from her position as CEO of the National Association of Federal Retirees, effective July 31, 2015.

We asked our National Preferred Partner Arbor Memorial to respond to our members in light of some high profile, adverse media coverage of their company last week. Here is what they told us:

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

 

Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière (rignt) is pictured here thanking the director of the Moncton Pay Centre, Renée Leger, for her hard work and that of her team.
CPP Investments will be holding virtual public meetings to discuss the financial state of the CPP Fund and its investment activities.
National Volunteer Week takes place from April 18 to 24, 2021.

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On Sept. 26, voters in Saskatchewan headed to the polls and delivered a majority government for Scott Moe’s Saskatchewan Party. This is the fourth consecutive majority mandate for this party.

On Monday, October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began a series of rotating nationwide strikes.

The story of the No. 2 Construction Battalion is an important aspect of Canadian history and shows the passion, bravery and dedication of Black Canadians during the First World War.
Association president Jean-Guy Soulière calls for timely Phoenix compensation for frustrated retired public servants.

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If these first few months have been any indication, 2018 is poised to be a busy year for Federal Retirees as we continue our

Federal Retirees has joined forces with Preferred Partner Tradex and HealthPartners to deliver a pre-retirement course aimed at demystifying retirement for public servants and filling in the gap left by the cancellation of the D001 “Planning for Retirement” course offered by the Canada School of Public Service until 2015.
Federal Retirees’ virtual town hall events with Seniors Minister Deb Schulte and her parliamentary secretary brought members’ questions forward for answers in real time.

On Jan. 29, the Government of Canada announced new restrictions on international travel. Effective Jan. 31, all flights from Canada to Mexico and the Caribbean have been suspended until April 30, 2021. Additionally, beginning at midnight (11:59 p.m. EST) on Feb.

October 1st is National Seniors Day, an occasion for all Canadians to pay tribute to the seniors who enrich our communities. Our Association is a proud testament to the accomplishments of our nation’s seniors and speaks to the generosity and passion of Canada’s federal retirees.

The Federal Retirees community came together on the morning of March 29th, 2017 to dedicate 865 Shefford Road in Ottawa as the Claude Edwards Building. The ceremony honoured the life of Claude A.

 

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will hold its National Memorial Service at the RCMP Academy, "Depot" Division, in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Brenda Powell (left), president of Charlottetown Branch, is pictured here presenting the grand prize to a very lucky member of her branch, Anna Anderson.

Congratulations to Anna Anderson of the Association’s Charlottetown Br

Association president Jean-Guy Soulière wishes all Canadians a very happy International Day of Older Persons on Oct. 1!
Federal Retirees’ president has a message of thanks for our team of volunteers – and for all volunteers – during National Volunteer Week 2021.

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We are deeply saddened by the news of the aggressive wildfires devastating British Columbia and our thoughts are with all evacuees and affected communities.
 

The National Association of Federal Retirees is looking for volunteers to fill the role of advocacy program officer in Quebec and Manitoba.
 

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the Association with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective on January 1st.

The pension indexation rate effective January 1, 2019, is 2.2%.

On April 7, members of the National Association of Federal Retirees will receive a special call from Canada’s federal seniors minister, the Honourable Deb Schulte.

On Sept. 24, voters in British Columbia headed to the polls as the second province in Canada to hold an election during the global coronavirus pandemic.

On the last working day of National Public Service Week, Canada’s national flag flies at half-mast at the Association’s national office in memory of Federal Retirees members who have passed away.
Marie Bergeron

It is with great regret tha

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year.

 

Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière has something he’d like to say to current and retired public servants – thank you, thank you!
Now, you can make the switch to DDS online! With the DDS option, your annual membership fees are deducted directly from your pension.
 

Still paying for your Federal Retirees membership annually by cheque or credit card? There's a better way!

On Remembrance Day, the National Association of Federal Retirees recognizes the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of Canada’s veterans and those who continue to serve. We also honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping citizens of other nations.

Joe Sanderson

With heavy hearts, the President a

We’re pleased to announce that WestJet, in addition to Air Canada and Porter Airlines, will be accepting the Federal Retirees Canadian Armed Forces veteran membership card as identification for their military baggage policy as of September 17, 2018. 

We want to hear from you! You can make a big difference to our advocacy work and win amazing prizes just by sharing your opinion
Of course, bargains and savings are great, but what older Canadians really want for National Seniors Day is meaningful change.
PSHCP renewal discussions are underway and Federal Retirees is prepared to advocate for meaningful and affordable proposals that meet pensioners’ needs.

RCMP (now retired S/Sgt) Greg Williams works the Parliament Hill security detail on Canada Day 2003 with his daughter (currently Cpl) Sandra Weppler.

Julie Payette

The announcement by the

On behalf of the National Association of Federal Retirees, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!
The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates that will come into effect April 1, 2019.
Even during this time of COVID-19, our amazing volunteers are reaching out to members, offering support and making a difference.


National Volunteer Week takes place from April 19 to 25, 2020.

The Veterans Ombudsman Commendation recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups across Canada who work to support veterans and their families.
Get retirement-ready with an engaging two-day course from Federal Retirees!

Smiling elderly couple receiving financial advice from a female broker who is showing them a calculator.

Dyane Dufresne.

 

Does your retirement future look bright?
 

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week in memory Federal Retirees members who have passed away.
Hear from the Newfoundland and Labrador election candidates by viewing the video recording of our election webinar townhall, moderated by Léonard LeBlanc.

The Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) legal action,

Federal Retirees’ mentorship partnership with the Treasury Board Secretariat is set for a “soft launch” on April 28, 2017 as part of the New Directors Program at the Canada School of Public Service. An official launch event will take place in the coming months.

Armistice Day celebrations in 1918, Bay and King Streets, Toronto.

Every year, November 5 to 11 is Veterans’ Week, an opportunity for Canadians to honour the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of our veterans.

The hearing was held on April 10 and 11 in response to the Association’s application to declare unlawful the Government of Canada’s actions in relation to unilaterally changing the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) cost-sharing formula for federal public sector retirees.

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others

Dr. Andrea Charise urges Canadians to embrace a more nuanced view of aging, one that is not inextricably tied to disease and decline. Photo: Andy King

Federal Retirees is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Pizzino as its new CEO.

“On behalf of the national board of directors, and following an extensive executive search and

Beginning July 19, for all flights to the U.S., the U.S.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers to Canada are required to provide contact and quarantine information.
Robert Giroux, Ottawa branch president thanks Sherry Romanado, M.P. and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors for delivering opening remarks at the Branch AGM on April 30 on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi.  We are also grateful to Ms.

“It saddens me deeply to pass along the sincere condolences of all members of the National Association of Federal Retirees, to everyone touched by the senseless violence in Nova Scotia this weekend,” said national president Jean-Guy Soulière.

Federal Retirees CEO Simon Coakeley is calling on the government to ensure equitable outcomes for all veterans.
Simon Coakeley had the perfect combination of passion and experience to lead Federal Retirees. Now he’s moving on to the Canadian Bar Association. 

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April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered illness as a result of their work.

Canada's birthday will be celebrated virtually this year. Be sure to check out what your favourite Canadian museums, galleries and performers have planned for July 1!
A recent order from Alberta’s finance minister has taken control of the pensions of hundreds of thousands of Albertans.

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year – our successes, our challenges, and most of all, what we’re grateful for.

National Volunteer Week, April 23 - 29, is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work our volunteers do for our members, our branches, the Association and our communities. 

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The Public Service Health Care Plan (PSCHP) is governed by an Administrative Authority and Partners’ Committee, representing Federal Retirees, active employees and the employer.

The Ontario Divisional Court has found the Ford government did not have the authority to end OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program.
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning in Canada, an opportunity to reflect on workplace safety.
Louise Bergeron

It is with a heavy heart that w

Does your retirement future look bright?
 

Demystify retirement with our two-day virtual pre-retirement course featuring certified pension presenter Melody Walz, National Association of Federal Retirees, Tradex and GERAS Centre for Aging Research.

 

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered illness as a result of their work.

Holland Cavan added her own creative touch to our Veterans’ Week poster, and we love it!
“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer” 

People at a meeting

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week at the Claude Edwards Building in Ottawa honouring the contributions of Canadian public servants who have passed away.

 

Bill 175 would make sweeping changes to the way home and community care services are coordinated and delivered in Ontario.
The government has announced new testing and quarantine rules for international travellers.
 

Please note that important updates have been made to this article since it was first published. It was last updated on Feb. 12, 2021.

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have fallen ill as a result of their work.

 

Email phishing scams try to trick you into opening attachments or giving up personal information.

 

March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual campaign that seeks to help Canadians recognize fraudulent behaviour and learn how to protect themselves from it.

Jacques Lambert

Association president Jean-Guy Soulière (right) is pictured here with Seniors Minister Deb Schulte for
Share your opinions for Sage winter 2020.
 

We’re proud of Sage magazine and we’ve published some great articles over the years, but one of our favourite aspects of the magazine is actually hearing from you, our members.

If you missed our webinar on the federal political outlook for 2021, don’t worry – the video recording is ready for viewing.

Earlier this month, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the matter of the National Association of Federal Retirees and its named applicants who were challenging the decision by the Treasury Board of Canada to increase the health care premiums of retirees from 25% to 50% under the

Monday’s budget, the first in two years, offers Canadians a peek behind the curtain – at the government’s post-pandemic priorities.

Federal Retirees wishes to extend its heartfelt sympathies to the families, loved ones and shipmates of those members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy who were killed tragically in the crash of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from HMCS Fredericton on Wednesday, April 29,

Send cards to CAF members who can’t be with their loved ones this holiday season!

We've completely revamped our membership packages including cards for 2015 to reflect our new brand. And, in addition to being part of a more informative membership package, our new membership cards are made of a thicker, more durable plastic that will last for years to come.

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Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, recently delivered the 25th Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

 

Bill 175 must be stopped – and we need your help to make that happen.
As part of his work on the Merlo-Davidson settlement, former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache and his team conducted over 640 interviews with current and former female employees of the RCMP, painting a distressing picture of a toxic culture.

Deadline for Nominations is 4:00 PM EST, Friday, February 26, 2016
 

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer”
- Author Unknown.

The National Association of Federal Retirees is troubled by the widespread flooding this spring in B.C., Ontario and Quebec and the devastating impacts on those who are affected.

For a limited time only, we are offering a one-time 25% discount on annual membership dues for every member who switches to the Dues Deduction at Source (DDS) payment option.  The offer is also available for new members who join after July 1,

On September 18, 2018 the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa will begin hearings in the matter of the National Association of Federal Retirees and its named applicants who are challenging the decision by the Treasury Board of Canada to increase the health care premiums of retirees from

 

We have excellent news for MEDOC subscribers!
If you missed our webinar on national standards in long-term care, check out the video recording.  

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Each year, October 1st is set aside to recognize the important contributions of Canadian seniors.

 

The Treasury Board has released its Report on the Public Service Pension Plan for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2019, which was tabled April 11, 2020, in Parliament.

With its fall fiscal update, the federal government plans a record-high deficit to kick-start the Canadian economy.

This time of year can be busy. If you thought you didn’t have time, you now have two more weeks to submit a nomination! The final deadline for the Volunteer Recognition Awards nominations has been extended to Monday March 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST.

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A Holiday Message from the President

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If you haven’t had your hearing tested, now is a great time to start. 1 in 5 Canadians have hearing loss and 47% of Canadians with hearing loss are 60 years of age or older.

From left, Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière, APEX chair Michael Whittaker, Communications Security Establishment (CSE) chief Shelly Bruce, APEX Career Contribution Award

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) announced on July 9, 2020 that it had negotiated a $2,500 general damages compensation for all its members employed by the federal public service between

Take the time to talk to the older adults in your life about COVID-19 scams. We can fight fraudsters with awareness!

This time of year can be busy. If you thought you didn’t have time, you now have two more weeks to submit a nomination! The final deadline for the Volunteer Recognition Awards nominations has been extended to Monday March 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm EST.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is looking for hard-working, passionate former public servants who want to make a difference by helping public servants get their pay issues resolved more quickly.

Federal Retirees Holiday Card

 

Stay informed and be wary of scammers who will use this public health crisis to try to take advantage of others.

 

If you’re struggling with gift-giving this season, let us help. A perfect gift for them – and a chance to win $10,000 for you!
Federal Retirees members have been asking about pension revisions triggered by salary increases from retroactive collective agreements in 2014 and 2018.

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We would like to look ahead to Nov. 11, Remembrance Day, and recognize the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of Canada’s veterans as well as those who continue to serve our country.

 

National Seniors Day

October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coi

Please note that important updates have been made to this article since it was originally published. It was last updated on May 19, 2020.

Federal Retirees’ Mega Recruitment Drive contest is ending Dec. 31, so time is running out!
 

The 2020 Mega Recruitment Drive comes to a close on Dec. 31 but don’t worry – you still have a chance to win.

On February 27, 2015, the law firm Gowling Henderson Lafleur LLP filed a Notice of Application in the Federal Court of Canada on behalf of the National Association of Federal Retirees and some of its members.

Thank you! A total of 16,604 members—including 338 volunteers— completed our Membership Survey last November. We have a very high level of confidence that this sample is reflective of the overall membership population.

The National Association of Federal Retirees (Federal Retirees) is proud to be sponsoring the Association of Public Service Executives’ (APEX) 2018 Career Contribution Award.

 

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

On July 21, the federal government passed Bill C-20 which would amend the Pensions Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, the Income Tax Act, the Children’s Special Allowances Act and the Veterans Well-being Act, to authorize the disclosure of in

Winning 22 of 40 seats, Andrew Furey’s Liberal Party claimed a slim majority government in Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent election.

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The federal government has undertaken some new initiatives in the face of COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty that has befallen many Canadians.

 

Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière is still hard at work but minding his social distance.
Hear from the B.C. election candidates by viewing the video recording of our election webinar townhall, moderated by Joyce Resin.
Federal Retirees, CARP and Réseau FADOQ have joined forces to urge the Trudeau government to take action on discriminatory measures in the 2021 federal budget.
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The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates.

Please note that there have been important updates to the information in this article. Visit our AMM page for the latest news.

Effective Jan. 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada.

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” 

Author Unknown

 

Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week at the Claude Edwards Building in Ottawa in memory of the passing of Federal Retirees members.

 

 

COVID-19 has changed a lot about traveling, but the Johnson MEDOC team’s dedicated support of Federal Retirees and its members remains the same.
Make your voice heard! Health Standards Organization (HSO) wants to know your thoughts about national standards for long-term care in Canada.
From left to right: Andrew McGillivary, Director of Communications and Marketing; Jean-Guy Soulière, President; Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada; Simon Coakeley, CEO.
 

To all those working on the front lines of this pandemic, thank you for being there for us.

National Seniors Day

October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons and is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate the profound contributions of seniors in our homes, communitie

Sage, our quarterly magazine, is brimming with engaging and informative articles about issues that matter to members.
Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is a must-see cinematic tribute to those who served in the First World War.
We hope you’ll join our president for a moment of gratitude and reflection for the excellent public servants who are helping Canada navigate the current public health crisis.

We are looking for 150 retired members who are willing to share their time, knowledge and experience on their terms.

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