Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Retirement Information

The retirement packages attached below provide information that will be useful to you as you plan your upcoming retirement.  There are separate packages for Teachers and for PSSP.

Included are sample letters notifying the board of your intention to retire which should be submitted with four weeks’ notice.

You should contact the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan or OMERS four months before you intend to retire for information and to start the paperwork process.

District 13 OSSTF honours its Permanent Teacher retirees at the District Annual Meeting in May and the Occasional Teacher and PSSP units at their individual AGMs. Your Branch President or Bargaining Unit President will have a free ticket for you, and we look forward to seeing you there.


Best wishes as you begin this new phase in your life!

Retirement Workshops

There are two different types of retirement workshops available to our members at no cost every spring and fall:

OTIP in conjunction with Educators Financial

OTIP, in conjunction with Educators Financial, offers a workshop about retirement benefits and finances. This workshop is open to members and spouses.  It covers valuable information that will be useful to all those planning to retire within the next five years. 

Fall Session #1: Wednesday, November 13th 2019 at Ajax Convention Centre from 4:30pm - 7:30pm; a light dinner will be served for this evening event and District 13 Benefits Officer, Nicole Bléau will be there to answer questions as well.  To register, follow this link: www.otip.com/events .

Fall Session #2: November 15th 2019 PD Day; to register, sign up using the regular PD place registration process.

Spring Session: Wednesday, April 15th 2020 at Ajax Convention Centre from 4:30pm - 7:30pm; a light dinner will be served for this evening event and District 13 Benefits Officer, Nicole Bléau will be there to answer questions as well.  To register, follow this link: www.otip.com/events .

OSSTF

OSSTF offers a pension-specific workshop for members of the OTPP and one for members of OMERS.  The workshops will be presented by a member of the OSSTF Provincial staff.

Fall Session (OTPP): November 15th 2019 PD Day; to register, sign up using the regular PD place registration process.

Spring Session (OTPP): Monday, April 27th 2020 at the District Office from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  (If you wish to bring a spouse, contact the District Office the previous week to see if space is available.)   District 13 Benefits Officer, Nicole Bléau will be there to answer questions as well for this after school session.  To register, contact Ruth Leone at (905) 668-7100 or ruth.leone@d13.osstf.ca .

Spring Session (OMERS): Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 at the District Office from 5pm-7pm.  (If you wish to bring a spouse, contact the District Office the previous week to see if space is available.)   District 13 Benefits Officer, Nicole Bléau will be there to answer questions as well for this after school session.  To register, contact Ruth Leone at (905) 668-7100 or ruth.leone@d13.osstf.ca .

Additional OMERS Workshops

The Power of Your Pension Plan

OMERS offers workshops around Ontario for members from all types of employers.  The Durham workshop date has not been announced yet.  Check frequently at www.omers.com/events for updates. Sessions run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated and are offered free of charge. Seating is limited, so please register early.

Stop Paying your LTD Premiums (Permanent Teachers)

As you near retirement, you may qualify to stop paying your LTD premiums if you meet one of three criteria:

  • you are age 65
  • you have a pension greater than 60% and you have reached your 85 factor
  • you are within 110 working days of your announced retirement date

If you intend to retire January 2020, this threshold has already passed and you can stop your premiums at any time.

If you intend to retire June 2020, this threshold is January 13th 2020 and you would want your request to stop paying your premiums to be submitted by early December.

If you think any of these criteria apply to you, contact Nicole Bléau at the District Office for information on how to proceed.


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