In response to the recently announced Aspen Planers - Flavelle Sawmill closure, pension specialists from the Plan Office will be available for one-on-one phone and video consultations with affected members October 7 – 9.
To book your 30-minute consultation, visit calendly.com/planoffice/flavelle. You’ll be prompted to book a phone call or video appointment through Zoom, whichever you prefer. Follow the instructions and be sure to include your current phone number and email address. Once you’ve signed-up for an appointment, you’ll receive a confirmation email and calendar invite.
Watch these short explainer videos to understand what it means to be a member of the IWA—Forest Industry Long Term Disability Plan, to guide you through your disability and to understand your Rehabilitation Services.
We are pleased to present the LTD plan annual report for the year ending December 31, 2019.
We are pleased to present the pension plan annual report for the year ending December 31, 2019.
In these extraordinary times, the safety of Plan Office staff and the protection of members and their plans are of utmost concern. Following the BC Ministry of Health’s recommended precautions, our Burnaby office is currently limited to essential services only. We are doing our best to minimize service disruptions, and we will continue to update this space should any of the following change in this rapidly evolving environment.
Members receiving payment from the pension or LTD plan
Members undergoing rehabilitation
Communication with the Plan Office
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this difficult time together. Stay safe.
Watch this short explainer video to learn what it means to be an IWA—Forest Industry Pension Plan member, as well as who the Plan Office is.
The spring/summer issue of AFTER WORK is now available for download, and will be mailed to all members this June. AFTER WORK is a newsletter is for members and participating employers of the IWA–Forest Industry Pension & LTD Plans. It includes important plan updates, and news and tips from the Plan Office.
The BC government has updated the Employment Standards Act (ESA) to allow employees to take unpaid leave relating to COVID-19. Full details can be found on the BC government’s website.
Like other unpaid leaves of absence (maternity, compassionate care, bereavement etc.) members must continue to pay contributions in order to remain covered by the pension and/or LTD plans during their absence. If members continue to make employee contributions, their employers are also required to continue to pay employer contributions.
We have replaced our maternity/parental leave waivers and other leave consent waivers with a new form called contributions during an unpaid leave. This leave form includes the new COVID-19 provision. This form is available on the Plan Office website at iwafibp.ca/employer-forms. Members and their employers must complete this form to notify the Plan Office of their contribution decision during any unpaid leave of absence as outlined in the ESA.
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Starting January 1, 2020, if you are receiving LTD benefits you will have to deal directly with MSP when it comes to keeping your account up to date or if you have any changes. Please see the attached MSP notice for details:
The BC government recently announced a retirement bridging program to financially help forest industry workers in the BC interior affected by mill closures and curtailments.
Eligible workers can now apply for the government retirement bridging program through the government website, or in person at a Service BC office.
This bridging program IS NOT related in any way to the IWA–Forest Industry Pension Plan. If you have any questions about the bridging program, please visit this government website or your local Service BC office, or call 1.844.901.0970.