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Joining the Plan

​​​​​​Who Is Eligible

Salaried teachers employed under a teaching contract with a plan employer will automatically join the Plan.

Participation is not permitted for:

  • substitute teachers while employed as substitute teachers;*
  • those currently receiving an ATRF pension; or
  • any teacher after the end of the calendar year in which he or she reaches 71 years of age.

 ​* Note that substitute service can be purchased at a later date. See Purchasing Service.

Information Update Form

You are required to complete an Information Update form when you begin contributing to the Plan. This form provides ATRF with basic information such as your address, phone number, email address and the name of your spouse/pension partner.

Designating a Beneficiary

A death benefit is payable if you die before your pension begins, according to the priority below:

  • your spouse/pension partner;
  • your dependent minor children if you have no spouse/pension partner;
  • your named beneficiary(ies) if you have no spouse/pension partner and no dependent minor children; otherwise,
  • your estate.
​We strongly recommend that you complete a Designating a Beneficiary​ form so that the beneficiary(ies) you name would receive the death benefit in the event you have no spouse/pension partner nor dependent minor children at the time of your death.

Both forms can be downloaded from this website or obtained from your employer or ATRF.​

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