Historical

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. 

BPG is becoming increasingly recognized as the most proactive pensioners' organization in Canada and is a founding member of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners, created in 2005, We have chapters located in Ottawa, Ontario Central and Southwestern Ontario, Montreal, Quebec City, and Télébec's territory, and are seeking to expand our membership.

 WHAT IS BPG?

The Bell Pensioners' Group (BPG) is an advocacy organization representing pensioners of Bell Canada and Bell Canada affiliated companies. The BPG mandate is to safeguard the rights, benefits and privileges earned by its members during their working years, and to educate and empower through information and knowledge.

This mandate also extends to intervention in legislative and policy issues with both Federal and Provincial governments. BPG frequently submits briefs to governments and other stakeholders in the pension area, including provincial commissions on pensions, and our president has appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to present BPG's views in person.

In the world of 'The New Bell', privatization, competition, mergers, takeovers, cost cutting, emphasis on shareholder stake, partnerships, etc., there is more need than ever for a strong representation for pensioners. No one else is prepared, or able, to take up this challenge. To do this effectively, BPG needs strong pensioner membership. Unfortunately BPG does not have access to Bell's pensioner mailing list as these records are treated as confidential. As a result, the growth of our organization is through referrals and word of mouth. If you have contact with Bell pensioners, please send us their names and addresses; we would like to invite them to join.

WHAT DOES BPG DO?

Each chapter holds meetings throughout the year, usually in the spring and fall. Chapters also maintain their own websites, and issue newsletters on a regular basis. Reports on the current dialogue with Bell and other key stakeholders are an important part of our newsletters and meetings.

 Here are just a few examples of the issues and activities BPG has addressed:

·        In 1997, after meetings with senior management in the Bell Human Resources organization, agreement was reached to hold formal meetings on a regular basis with Bell. The BPG Board has now been meeting with Bell once or twice a year  to exchange information, to discuss issues and to keep each other informed on key issues.

·        In 1999, BPG made a strategic decision to endorse two of its members as pensioner candidates for the Pension Information Council (PIC).  Both candidates (one each for Ontario and Quebec) were elected with wide majorities. This clearly declared to Bell the interest of BPG and its members in their vested stake in the Bell Pension Fund. In subsequent elections, BPG endorsed candidates were again elected with wide majorities. BPG works closely with the PIC reps.

·        We constantly discuss with Bell ways to improve communications with its pensioners. As a result, we now have the "In Touch" pensioners newsletter and the Bell Pensioners website at www.bellprotection.hroffice.com

·        We resolved the issue, with Bell, and Revenue Canada, about the 'Taxable Benefit' associated with The Pensioners' Group Life Insurance, with no Taxable Benefit, and hence no taxes payable for 1998 and all subsequent years.

·        BPG in conjunction with Bell met with the Federal Departments of Finance and Human Resources Development to protest the unfairness of the proposed Federal Government's "Seniors Benefit". The proposal would have unilaterally withdrawn government benefits, with a 'year of birth' criterion, from Bell pensioners who had opted for a 'blended' pension, with a higher Bell component to age 65, dropping down with the advent of the previously promised government pension. Many other seniors' organizations also commented on and criticized the "Seniors Benefit" proposal, which was subsequently withdrawn.

·        In the summer of 2001, BPG wrote to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Health to protest comments by the Minister, suggesting that health benefits in the future may be related to income. Bell has stated that benefits, withdrawn by Government, will not be picked up by Bell in the future.

·        Over the past few years, BPG has established a working relationship with the key stakeholders in the federal government, i.e. Finance Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and Human Resources and Social Development (HRSDC).

·        In September 2006 , BPG submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance recommending improvements to the security of private pension plans through legislative reform. A few weeks later, the president of BPG was invited to appear before the Committee to express the BPG perspective in person.

Since then, BPG has presented its views on pension reform to a number of provincial Commissions such as the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions (OECP), the Alberta / British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards and the Nova Scotia Pension Review Panel.

BPG has also been very active with organizations from the private sector, namely the C.D. Howe Institute  and the Conference Board in Canada

You can see from the examples above that we are active in lobbying to protect the rights and benefits that we earned during our careers.

We cannot do it alone. We must have the backing of all pensioners.

There is strength in numbers: We want and need your support!

 

 

 



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  • Cost of Living Adjustment for 2019

    November 23rd, 2018

    The Cost of Living Adjustment on Bell Canada's pensions should be 2% in 2019.

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  • BPG Board Meeting

    November 11th, 2018

    The BPG Board of directors held its bi-annual meeting in Ottawa

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  • 2018 Board Elections

    July 2nd, 2018

    Do you know your Board members?

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  • Update

    July 11th, 2018

    Class Action Regarding 2017 Pension Indexation

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  • 2017 Financial Statements

    April 23rd, 2018

    In readiness for our AGMs (annual general meeting) of the BPG members, please consult the 2017 Financial Statements on the website.

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  • Pension Glossary

    September 4th, 2017

    Is there a pension-related term that you aren’t sure about?  Why not consult our Glossary?

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  • To better understand your pension plan

    April 13th, 2018

    With pension plans so much in the news recently, we thought some of you might have additional questions, so we prepared a short Q&A document.

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  • The BPG Board of directors

    May 8th, 2018

    The BPG Board of directors held its bi-annual meeting in Montreal on April 26th & 27th 2018.

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  • CARP Proposes Federal Minister for Seniors

    June 1st, 2018

    Did you know that the Federal Government does not have a Minister dedicated to Seniors’ issues?

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  • Class action on Bell’s interpretation of the 2017 indexation

    January 18th, 2018

    A Bell pensioner has commenced a class action on behalf of all Bell defined benefit pensioners.

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  • COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR 2018

    November 17th, 2017

    The Cost of Living Adjustment on Bell Canada's pensions should be 1% in 2018.

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  • Your Manulife contract numbers have changed

    January 20th, 2016

    January 20, 2016 - Effective January 1, 2016 your Manulife contract numbers have changed. You should have received a new card in the mail

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  • BPG members on the PIC

    August 14th, 2015

    August 12, 2015 - Peter Dilworth, Sue Dawes (substitute), Michel Doyon and Yvan Dutrisac (substitute) are the PIC representatives for 2016-2018.

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  • EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PENSION PLANS...

    August 13th, 2016

    Every month you receive a payment covering your Bell pension. Have you ever wondered what backs up these payments, and what steps have been taken to make sure the payments keep coming? This article covers some of the basics of the Bell Canada defined benefit pension plan.

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  • THINKING OF JOINING BPG?

    November 27th, 2010

    Read what others have to say.

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  • In Touch Newsletter

    March 18th, 2014

    The In Touch newsletter is published three times a year, in March, June and October. Do you have difficulty receiving it?

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  • Who is Eligible to Join BPG?

    September 20th, 2014

    October 3rd, 2013 - Since June, the Bell Pensioners’ Group includes pensioners from Télébec, Télébec Mobility and BCE as well as active employees from Bell/BCE companies.

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  • Help us limit our postage costs

    May 9th, 2014

    May 9, 2014 - With the price of stamps going up, imagine how much it will cost to send BPG newsletters to thousands of members every year. Subscribe to our electronic distribution list to obtain your newsletters by email.

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  • Follow us on Facebook

    May 9th, 2014

    May 9, 2014 - BPG now has its Facebook page to increase its visibility and, foremost, to make itself known to non-members.

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