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Message from the Chairman
Message from the Chairman of the TCPP Board of Trustees
As we continue to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, the Trustees of the Teamsters Canadian Pension Plan (TCPP) would like to assure you that the TCPP continues to be secure and financially strong.
At the last valuation filed with regulators on December 31, 2021, the Plan had a funded ratio of over 128%. The latest estimate on the Plan’s funded ratio is above 100%. This buffer above 100% is in place to help manage the Plan through times of uncertainty such as the pandemic. Teamsters has been serving its members for over a century to provide fair opportunities in the workplace, equality and security. As part of our commitment, it is of paramount importance that our members have access to a pension during their retirement years.
Formed with just 500 members in 1981, the TCPP has grown by leaps and bounds to over 12,200 members (active, inactive and retired) today, made up of highly diverse groups spread across 8 divisions.
The low interest rate environment continues to present a challenge to many pension plans. Due to the Plan’s investment philosophy, declining interest rates had a lesser impact on this plan compared to most other pension plans in Canada and the United States. The Plan’s investment philosophy allows it to withstand positive or negative changes in interest rates without having a major impact on the Plan’s ability to pay pensions. The ageing of the workforce, longer life expectancies, increase in the cost of pension benefits to be earned in the future due to the current economic situation and numerous changes in pension regulations across Canada have also put pressure on all Canadian pension plans. With the help of its professional advisors, we are proud to say that despite the various challenges faced by the plan, our members can retire with dignity and with an adequate pension.
The Trustees of the TCPP are committed to ensuring the plan continues to remain sustainable in the long term to deliver the promised benefits. This is what Unions do – to represent our members’ best interests – every second of every day, now and into the future!
Chairman, TCPP Board of Trustees
About the Teamsters Canadian Pension Plan
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- Good fund performance
Formed with just 500 members in 1981 with a fund that was worth less than $400,000, the TCPP has grown by leaps and bounds to over 12,200 members in 2021 (including actives and former members), made up of highly diverse groups spread across 8 divisions, with a fund that has a market value in excess of $1.1 billion.
The TCPP is part of a larger Teamsters Canada pension investment trust called the Teamsters Canada Master Trust (TCMT). With over a billion dollars in assets, the TCMT has access to some of the most knowledgeable investment advisors in Canada who work hard to make the most out of every dollar invested. Secondly, as a large investment trust, the TCMT has access to a wider variety of investment options than a smaller investor. The size of the TCMT affords all participating pension plans the opportunity to invest and take advantage of investments in private companies, real estate properties, infrastructure and much more. These assets have higher long-term expected returns, with much lower levels of risk and volatility than the typical stock and bond-only portfolios found in RRSPs.
The TCPP has distinctly advantageous provisions that can accommodate even larger numbers of Divisions and members. The TCPP Board will continue to work with Divisions to provide better investment returns and better benefits to their members while respecting local autonomy. The structure of the plan is sound. Both its management and its internal and investment policies stand the test of time.