Since 2005, BPG has been a leader in the Canadian pension community, striving to improve the long term financial security of retirees' pensions.

Here's what we've been working on:

BPG has helped to develop a series of comprehensive, detailed defined benefit pension plan proposals and solutions required to update current federal pension legislation.

BPG is very active in advocating for these improvements with a number of agencies and organizations, including:

· the federal Minister of Finance,

· the Federal Standing Committee on Finance,

· Finance Canada

· Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

· the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

· the Bank of Canada.

As a founding member of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners, BPG has also been instrumental in promoting improved provincial pension legislation across Canada.

What do we hope to accomplish and why?

We believe accomplishing these key objectives will benefit every BPG member:

1. Recognize defined benefit pension plan retirees as key pension plan stakeholders and consult with them during the development of revisions to pension legislation and regulations.

2. Provide pensioners with better access to current information and data regarding the well-being of their pension plans. For Bell retirees, this would mean having direct access to the audited pension plan financial statements and the full actuarial studies prepared and submitted to the regulator. In addition, annual year-end reporting can be up to 180 days (6 months) after the fact, which BPG considers to be too late.

3. Resolve surplus ownership issues which are currently impeding adequate pension plan funding. Recent court cases have left it unclear as to who has the right to receive any surplus funding. Employers are reluctant to provide more than the minimum required funding until this situation is fixed.

4. Mandate full solvency funding of pension plans at all times, thus solving a number of outstanding issues to the benefit of all pension plan stakeholders. Introduce a reserve fund for each pension plan to make it easier for pension plans to be kept fully funded at all times.

5. Legislate independent reviews of pension plan governance and administration and ensure the regulator is adequately funded for carrying out its responsibilities. Currently neither current regulations nor the actuarial profession require the work of the pension plan administrators and/or actuaries be subject to independent third party review. In other words, no one is guarding the hen-house!



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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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    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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    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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  • 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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