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THE  ONTARIO CENTRAL CHAPTER  was formerly called TORONTO AND AREA Chapter 

 

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Happy 2017

 

 

Background

Bell Pensioners' Group (BPG) was formed in 1995 by a group of Bell pensioners who were concerned about their RRSP savings after the collapse of The Confederation Life Insurance Company in August 1994. Following the successful negotiation of an Enhancement Agreement with Bell Canada that guaranteed appropriate financial compensation upon liquidation of Confederation Life, BPG continues to advocate on behalf of pensioners' rights.  So in 2015 we celebrated the 20th Anniversary at our Annual General Meeting on May 6th  recognizing many of the founding members. Thanks to those we joined us on this occasion at Willowdale Baptist Church 20 Olive Ave. in North York close to the Yonge subway.

This chapter was formerly called the Toronto Chapter but in recognition that we serve members from Niagara to Kenora it was decided to change the name to better reflect our membership.  BPG members are free to join the chapter that is most convenient for them and since retirees and current empoyees are quite mobile just let us know if another chapter is more convenient and we can transfer your membership. All the Ontario chapters have overlapping membership along our “borders” however we do share information about  meetings in other chapters.

 

Where our members live

The majority of our chapters 3400 members live in the Greater Toronto area however our membership stretches from Niagara Falls up to Kenora and we have about 60 members spread over all provinces except Quebec and Saskatchewan. We also have 23 members located in various countries including USA, Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. We serve members with our 4 newsletters each year and with our website, email and voice mailbox so we are able to communicate and help members resolve problems or provide the necessary contacts in a number of different ways.

 

Our primary focus is the protection of our Bell "Defined Benefit" Pension and Benefits but we do get a lot of questions about a wide range of issues outside of our mandate and we do try to help. So while the majority of our members will never be able to attend a meeting, given our vast geography, they recognize the valuable work of BPG and that the strength of our voice is in the size of our membership.

 

Our Members are key to our survival

As a member, you are our main source of recruiting new members as we have very limited means for recruiting new members even though we place ads in every issue of Intouch. We rely on our members to ensure that their friends and former colleagues are members of BPG. In 2013 we changed our “rules” about who can become a member of BPG and so now both retirees and active members as well as those on a deferred pension who are part of the Defined Benefit Pension plan can become members of BPG.

 

Help us Grow

As membership in the Bell Pensioners Group grows, we increase our ability to influence outcomes relative to our Bell "Defined Benefit" Pension and Benefits. The more Bell retirees and active employees that we represent, the more influence we hold in protecting these valuable assets to your life.

Are there new Bell retirees in your circle of friends or social groups? Do they know about BPG. It is one of the best kept secrets in the Bell community and they may not have heard about us. Please invite them to join or contact your Area Rep or a member of your Chapter Committee and we'll ensure they receive a warm welcome.

 

FREE GIFT MEMBERSHIP PROMO!

There’s still time to nominate your former Bell colleagues for a FREE 2017 gift membership in BPG.

All you need to do is click on this Free Gift Membership Referral link : https://goo.gl/forms/TSvf7mQpSNWXVRep1 .   

We’ll will contact them and offer them free membership in BPG for 2017!

ACT NOW!  This promotion ends on January 31st  2017.

 

To qualify, nominees must be new to BPG (i.e. not past members), and must be nominated by an existing BPG member.  Both pensioners and current employees participating in the defined benefit pension plan are eligible for nomination.  

 

Please Mark Your Calendar

 

May 15, 2017 - Annual General Meeting will be held at the Willowdale Baptist Church at 10 0live Avenue in Willowdale 

June 13, 2017  – Barrie General Meeting, Location to be announced.

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bpg Bell Let's Talk Day is January 25! bpg
Each year, Bell Let's Talk Day encourages Canadians to join the growing national conversation about mental health. On Wednesday, January 25, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every: • Text message sent by Bell customers. • Mobile and long distance call made by Bell customers. • Message using #BellLetsTalk on Twitter or Instagram. • Use of the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on Snapchat. • View of the Bell Let’s Talk video on Facebook. Last year's Bell Let's Talk Day was an incredible success with more than 125 million tweets, texts and calls driving more than $6 million in new Bell Let's Talk funding and increasing Bell's total support for mental health to $79.9 million. more >>


bpg Worried that the Federal Government Will Tax Your Bell Benefit Plan? bpg
We have been contacted by some of our members that are concerned about the possibility of the Federal government taxing our health and dental benefits as a possible source of additional revenue as they prepare for the 2017 Federal Budget. more >>


bpg Ontario Central BPG Board Members attend the Fieldway Retirees' Luncheon bpg
A Christmas tradition continued as the Fieldway Retirees’ Club held their gala luncheon at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club on Dec 14th, 2016. more >>


bpg COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR 2017 for Bell Pensioners will be 1% bpg
The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) on our pension is based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over a 12 month period ending on October 31 of each year. On November 18, Statistics Canada released the Based on CPI data for the last twelve months and according to Statistics Canada, the CPI rose 1.4937% between October 2015 and October 2016 for Canada as a whole. more >>


bpg WANTED!! Volunteers for Ontario Central Board Positions bpg
We know that all Bell retirees have a wealth of skills and dedication honed during their professional careers. Please put your talent to use by volunteering for any of our 3 open positions on the Ontario Central BPG Advisory Board. We meet for approximately 1.5 hours monthly for 8 months annually (6 conference calls, 2 face to face in Toronto). more >>


bpg Remember the Target Benefit Plan Threat? We have some good news..... bpg
One of BPG’s most significant Governmental lobbying effort has been about the introduction of Target Benefit Plans and enabling legislation. Specifically that should companies wish to covert to such plans it require individual consent. The lobby efforts have paid off and the new legislation introduced as Bill C-27 has most notably, included the requirement for individual consent for any conversions of DB plans into TB plans. more >>


bpg So you missed the latest BPG meetings in Oshawa and Mississauga? bpg
No problem......we have the summary right here for your viewing pleasure........ more >>


bpg Do you know our 2016-2017 BPG Board of Directors ? bpg
The BPG Board of Directors currently has 20 members, including six Chapter Chairs representing members in Ontario and Québec. You will find a mini-CV for each Board Member on the BPG website under the Organization tab - Board of Directors. more >>


bpg Being a DB pensioner is a Risky Business bpg
Here is an article of interest by Bob Farmer who is the President of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP). CFP is an association of workplace pensioner organizations, which collectively represent the interests of 250,000 members of defined benefit pension plans across Canada. For many years, CFP and its member organizations have advocated with federal and provincial governments for greater security of the defined benefit pensions that employers have committed to provide. Bob is a former president of the Bell Pensioners’ Group, one of the member organizations of CFP. more >>


bpg Why Become a Member of the Bell Pensioners Group? bpg
In an effort to expand our membership we need every member to help us explain our position to other potential members. The following was created to help all members in this regard. more >>

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