Our History, Our Victories

Working together brings results.



The Association has a proud 50-year history of advocacy on behalf of its 176,000 members. Here are some highlights of our achievements for federal retirees:


Pushed back on Bill C-27

  • In collaboration with the Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security, we sent nearly 50,000 emails to the Finance Minister and Members of Parliament opposing this dangerous legislation. When the 2019 federal election is called, this legislation will effectively die on the order paper.
  • Once again with our partners, we successfully lobbied governments in Nova Scotia and Manitoba to abandon plans for target benefit plan conversions, similar tolike what was proposed in Bill C-27.
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Pensions increased with full indexation

  • We’ve successfully lobbied the government to increase the pensions of our members, retired public servants and their dependents annually, to keep up with the cost of living.
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Survivor benefits continued and expanded

  • We lobbied to continue survivor benefits for surviving spouses who remarry.

  • We helped convince the government to give federal retirees who marry after retirement the right to obtain a survivor pension for their spouse.


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Death benefit improved and increased

  • We’ve worked to ensure that the Supplementary Death Benefit improves and increases.    

A patient receiving dental care.

Dental care plan created

  • Advocacy led to the creation of a dedicated dental plan — the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan — for federal retirees.     

Financial concerns.

Pension surplus grab fought

  • We participated in court proceedings to fight the Government of Canada over the $30-billion surplus in the Canadian Forces, Public Service and RCMP superannuation accounts. Although the Association actively challenged the seizing of the surplus, the Supreme Court ultimately dismissed the appeal.


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Challenged changes to Public Service Health Care Plan

  • Through our Honour Your Promise campaign, tens of thousands of members spoke up. The government broke its promise to provide a proper level of health benefits to its former employees in their retirement. They wrote letters, signed a petition and encouraged their family and friends to help stop the government from sharply increasing premium costs for the Public Service Health Care Plan. 

Logo:  Honour Your Promise on Retirement Security.

Secured promises during 2015 federal election

  • In 2015, the Association, through its work on the Honour Your Promise campaign, secured promises from three major, national parties. The promise: that they would not touch federal retirees' pensions. It’s now up to us to remind our new Government that a deal is a deal, and ensure they – and the other parties - uphold their promises to retirees and seniors.



Budget 2016 – Improvements for veterans

  • Federal retirees has been advocating for key improvements to the New Veterans Charter, which were reflected in budget 2016.
  • Commitment to address financial and service shortfalls for veterans, including improvements to the Permanent Impairment Allowance, the Earnings Loss Benefit and the maximum disability award.
  • The re-opening of nine Veterans Affairs offices; opening a new location in Surrey; and working with Northern partners on veterans outreach.
  • Veterans Affairs to hire more case managers.
  • Budget also recognizes a need to streamline and simplify the system of financial support programs offered by Veterans Affairs Canada and National Defence.