Do you live in Vanderhoof, Mackenzie, Chetwynd or Fort St. John? The Plan Office will be hosting pension seminars in these towns in early September. Sign-up for a seminar near you!
On December 31, 2016, the IWA–Forest Industry Pension Plan transitioned to a target benefit plan. This change is good news for members—thanks to new funding rules, your pension income in retirement is now more stable than before. Want to learn more about target benefit plans and what the recent plan transition means for you? The Plan Office is hosting select information sessions in Vanderhoof, Mackenzie, Fort St. John and Chetwynd this September. At these sessions, we’ll explain the difference between defined benefit and target benefit plans, go over the general plan rules that we think you should know, and answer any questions that you and other attendees may have. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions in person!
|Vanderhoof||Monday September 11||1 p.m. and 7 p.m.||Village Inn Restaurant|
|Mackenzie||Tuesday September 12||1 p.m. and 7 p.m.||Alexander Mackenzie Hotel|
|Fort St. John||Wednesday September 13||2 p.m. and 7 p.m.||Northern Grand Hotel|
|Chetwynd||Thursday September 14||2 p.m. and 7 p.m||Pomeroy Inn and Suites|
For more information about the ongoing service disruptions at Pacific Blue Cross, follow the latest service updates at pac.bluecross.ca/service/member/update20170710/.
Rehabilitation referrals for urgent cases
If you are a member on weekly indemnity benefits administered by BC Life in need of an urgent referral for early rehabilitation services please contact the Plan Office at 604.433.6310 or toll-free 1.800.663.4384, or send a request by e-mail to email@example.com
The Plan Office will then send a referral request to BC Life. We need to receive the referral package from BC Life before rehabilitation services can be started.
Employers or union representatives are also encouraged to contact the LTD Plan if they are aware of a member in need of urgent assistance with rehabilitation.
Notice of weekly indemnity claims of 20+ weeks in duration
If you have completed 20 weeks or more duration of a weekly indemnity claim and are likely to remain disabled from working beyond 26 weeks, please contact the Plan Office to notify us that you require an application kit for LTD benefits.
Call 604.433.6310 or toll-free 1.800.663.4384, or send a request by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER WORK™ is a newsletter for members of the IWA–Forest Industry Pension Plan and the IWA–Forest Industry LTD Plan & Rehabilitation Services. Read this newsletter to learn more about both plans, including financial highlights, important plan updates, and news and tips from experts at the Plan Office. This newsletter will be mailed to all members twice a year, once in spring with annual statements, and again in fall.
Attention members covered by Pacific Blue Cross:
We have received notice that, due to labour disruptions at Pacific Blue Cross, there may be some service delays to your extended health and dental coverage. Pacific Blue Cross has advised us that the following service levels may temporarily be impacted:
For covered members, Pacific Blue Cross recommends the following:
Submit claims online with Pacific Blue Cross direct deposit
Download the Pacific Blue Cross app
We thank you for your patience as the issue is resolved.
On December 31, 2016, the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan became a target benefit plan. Learn why this is good news for members.