April 2024 Member Newsletter

Get the total Pensions for Everyone Conference experience with these 5 tips

We’ve written a list you don’t want to miss. CAAT’s second annual virtual Pensions for Everyone Conference is coming to a laptop, tablet or phone near you on May 2, 2024. If you want to maximize your experience – or see why you should attend – this quick read is designed to help you out.

At the conference, you’ll get to join a fireside chat with CAAT’s CEO and Plan Manager, Derek Dobson and learn about the Plan’s annual performance. What’s more – our interactive Member breakout session is tailored to include all the information you need to know about your lifetime pension.

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Here are our tips for the ultimate conference experience whether you’re new to CAAT, newly paying attention to CAAT, or almost set for retirement.

  1. This conference is 100 percent virtual. If you come to our offices, you’ll be quite disappointed. Why? This conference is virtual and best enjoyed from the comfort of your home, office or even a patio. But if you’re looking for a little company, why not invite a few friends over for an extended lunch break. Don’t forget to wear your Pensions for Everyone T-shirts. Don’t have one? We’ve got you covered! Join our Plan Ambassador program today and you’ll have your shirt in no time.
  2. No, that’s not a phish. Our conference emails will come from our third-party vendor, Webex. So don’t delete that email! It’s us at CAAT, reaching you through a fully-verified, trustworthy partner to provide you with An Experience of a Lifetime (hint: that’s the theme of our conference this year!)
  3. Your exclusive member session. We promise lots of learning, news you can use and maybe even some witty banter. Remember, your pension isn’t just this thing you have. Your pension actually works for you in so many ways, making your life simpler and your future retirement years more secure. We’re calling it: 5 ways your pension works for you (throughout your lifetime). As a bonus, we’ll also be digging into the Plan changes coming very soon (January 2025!)
  4. Jump from session to session. We’d never abandon you. You’ll start in the CAAT 2023 Performance Update. When it ends, it might seem like we’ve disappeared, but we haven’t! Just jump into your breakout session by clicking on your agenda and then again for the Fireside Chat with Derek. As a side note, we’ve got three different breakout sessions happening at once for different audiences. So if you feel like it, you can binge the other breakout sessions once we release all the content. It’s kind of like a streaming service. Pension content forever.
  5. Exciting announcement coming in hot. We have a new, innovative way to invest in your financial future. Stay tuned until the very end of the conference to learn more. You do not want to miss it.

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It’s here! Your Year in Review

Did you know that nearly 9 out of 10 retired CAAT members say their pension has a positive impact on their happiness? Learn how being a member of the CAAT Plan allows you to build a pension-secure future and live with the certainty that comes with a reliable retirement income for life.

“This pension contributes to my happiness because it provides peace of mind about my future. It allows me to look forward to a different way of living. And I want other Canadians to experience that as well.”

Jennifer, CAAT member

Learn more in our annual Year In Review

Say hello to the new Plan Ambassador toolkit

This new resource is here to give you the tools and support you need to spread the message that every Canadian deserves predictable retirement income – just like yours. In it, you’ll find valuable facts, inspiring testimonials, and myth-busting answers to common DB pension questions – all designed to support you and the conversations you’re having with friends and family about the #pensionsforeveryone movement.

What’s a Plan Ambassador? Plan Ambassadors are allies who are joining the movement to spread the word that DB pensions should – and can - be accessible to all. Have you joined yet? Sign up today here!

Once you’ve explored the Plan Ambassador toolkit, share it with your networks and get them involved in the #pensionsforeveryone conversation, too!

Check out the toolkit!

Extra things you need to know

Get ready to learn

Our Spring webinar series kicked off on April 16! Why not join a live learning session to discover all the valuable benefits of your CAAT pension. In these sessions, our pension experts cover essential topics such as pension fundamentals, plan features, retirement planning and more! Whether you're nearing retirement, considering joining, or exploring your pension options, our sessions cater to everyone. With flexible scheduling and no cost to attend, register now to empower yourself with the knowledge you need for a fulfilling retirement journey.

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Better pensions for a better Canada

Here are the facts. One in four working adults is nearing retirement and a defined benefit (DB) pension can help employees achieve their retirement savings goals.

We truly believe all Canadians deserve better retirement income security with a DB pension – just like what you have at CAAT.

According to the Canadian Public Pension Leadership Council (CPPLC) report, Pensions Canadians Want: Perceptions of Retirement (2016-2022), Canadians’ confidence in retiring well has dropped. Why? Because of financial stressors, like rising cost of living.

The majority of respondents said that they want a valuable workplace pension plan (like you have!) and that retirement income security is an important factor when making career decisions. Other findings showed:

  • Only 1 in 3 respondents are confident in their ability to retire at their desired age,
  • Only 1 in 3 respondents are confident that they will be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and
  • DB pensions are the preferred type of plan for those aged 35 and older.

When employers help employees reach their short and long-term financial wellness goals, it’s better for business, better for employees, and better for Canada.

You can read the full report on our website.