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Online Campaign Launched for Canadian Pension Reform

Canada’s retirement income system is in serious trouble. There is too much risk and not enough security to ensure that, after a lifetime of work, people can retire and live out their last years in dignity.   Expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is the most effective way to ensure all Canadians have adequate retirement incomes. The CPP is seen as secure, reliable, cost-effective, and well managed. It covers virtually all Canadian workers, whether employed or self-employed, full-time or part-time; it is fully portable when workers change jobs; it is indexed for inflation; and it accommodates the different work patterns of women. This makes it the only logical choice to work with when discussing how to better ensure all Canadians have sufficient means to retire.

The labor movement, led by the Canadian Labour Congress, has therefore designed a plan to increase the CPP and ensure that no Canadian retirees are forced to live below the poverty line. The two major components of the plan would see a doubling of the CPP benefits through incremental increases to contributions over seven years, and an increase of 15% to the Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for retirees.   

The IATSE launched its own online lobbying campaign for pension reform in late fall. The last campaign, on copyright reform, yielded great results, with a strong response from government and our voice is expected to be heard on this issue as well.