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The Government of Alberta's 2019 Provincial Budget included a provision that assigned responsibility for managing ATRF's assets to the Alberta Investment Management Corporation. View the 2019 Asset Management Changes web page to find out more about the change and how it will be implemented.


Reduction to contribution rates

If you've had a chance to read the 2018-19 Annual Report or highlights, you may have noticed that the ATRF Board was able to reduce the contribution rates for both the Teachers' Pension Plan (TPP) and Private School Teachers' Pension Plan (PSTPP). For the TPP, contributions will be reduced by 1% of teachers' salaries and for the PSTPP, 0.54%. This reduction will take effect September 1, 2020.

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Check out the latest Pension Points newsletter

​The May issue of the Pension Points newsletter is now available! Check your email inbox for the full version. If you missed it, you can click here to view the articles. If you're not on our email list, make sure you sign up on  MyPension or contact member@atrf.com.

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Recent media reports regarding losses at AIMCo

​We’ve had many members ask us about recent media reports of an investment strategy used by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) that resulted in significant losses (see articles in the Globe and Mail and Institutional Investor). Our members are expressing concern about their assets and their pensions, so we want to reassure them that their pensions remain secure...

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ATRF’s strategies for managing and protecting pension assets in turbulent times

​Global markets have seen significant turbulence in the last few weeks, which might have some ATRF members concerned about their pension assets. During this ongoing global health crisis there are job losses, business closures, market volatility, and – especially for the Alberta economy – the effects of an oil price war. Despite all this, let me take this opportunity to reassure you that your pension is safe.

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COVID-19 Member and Employer Information

ATRF is taking extensive measures to ensure members continue to receive their pensions, and that all ATRF members continue to receive necessary services during the COVID-19 global pandemic - while also ensuring ATRF staff remain healthy and safe...


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Message to ATRF Members on Pandemic Preparedness

​Message from ATRF CEO Rod Matheson (March 13, 2020) As the world continues to find ways to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I want to share the steps we are taking at ATRF to ensure teachers’ pensions remain secure, and to ensure we are able to continue serving our members without interruption...


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ATRF Named One of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers for Fourth Consecutive Year

​ATRF is proud to have been selected as one of Alberta's Top 75 Employers for 2020. This is the fourth consecutive year the organization has been recognized as an employer that leads their industry in offering an exceptional workplace for employees.

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The 2019 Annual Report is Available Online

ATRF is building on a solid foundation of high-quality member services and exceptional returns. 

Inside this year's annual report:

  • Further reductions to contribution rates as a result of a strong investment returns, prudent planning and sound pension management (pg. 35)

  • ATRF's commitment to strong investment returns while maintaining stable funding (pg. 41, 49)

  • Important messages from our Board chair (pg. 9) and CEO (pg. 13)

  • An increase to the funded status of the Teachers' Pension Plan (pg. 34)

  • Continuous improvements to the way we provide services to members through Project Lantern (pg. 28)

  • An overview of our most interesting investments this year (pg. 46-47)

Only have a few minutes? Take a look at our annual report highlights—a condensed version of the annual report that will highlight what ATRF has accomplished this year. Happy reading!


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2020 Year's Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) and Maximum Pensionable Salary

​​Your monthly contribution to the Plan is integrated with your contribution to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and takes the YMPE into consideration. The YMPE is the year's maximum pensionable earnings covered by the CPP. The YMPE for 2020 is $58,700. The Defined Benefit limit set by Canada Revenue Agency is $3,092.22 in 2020; therefore, the maximum pensionable salary will be $172,221 for 2020.

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