Human Resources

Getting ready to move your Western RIF

(updated March 19, 2015 with information about April 1 webinar, recorded webinar and new May sessions)

Register for:
- Group Information Session
- 1:1 with a SLF Consultant
- Webinar on April 1

Choose the appropriate link to register for an education session (including webinar) and a 1:1 meant for your group.

I am a current member of the Western RIF 

I am a member of Western's Pension Plans and I intend to retire in the near future.  


Note: The information on this page is intended for current members of the Western RIF.  If you are a Pension Plan member and are not yet receiving a pension income from the RIF, please go to the page for Pension Plan Members - RIF information for Western Pension Plan members.

What's new?

New group and 1:1 sessions in May

More group sessions and more opportunities for 1:1 meetings with a Sun Life Retirement Consultant have now been scheduled for May.  Group information sessions for RIF members will be held Thursday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 19th.  1:1 meetings will be held in the days following the group sessions. The May sessions will be of special importance to those who would like to transition to the new plan effective July 1.  Paperwork for a July 1 move to Sun Life Financial will need to be completed by June 17th.  Those planning a December 1 move are also welcome to register and attend, but there will be further opportunities for group information sessions and 1:1s later in 2015.

To register, use the links in the box to the right.  If you would like assistance in registering, please call Western Human Resources at 519-661-2194 and we would be pleased to assist.

The May group information sessions will be held as follows:

Current Western RIF Members     Session Times Location
May 7, 2015 1:00 pm      3:00 pm      Spencer Engineering Bldg., Room 2202 
May 19, 2015 10:00 am 2:00 pm Great Hall, Somerville House

Not able to attend a campus group session or 1:1?

If you are not able to make it to an information session or a 1:1 on campus, there are some new options to learn more about the new Sun Life Retirement & Savings Plan for Western Retirees.

Learn more about the options available to those who are not able to attend an on-campus session

Read more about group sessions, in-person 1:1s, and other information opportunities 

Speak with a Sun Life Retirement Consultant

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact a Sun Life Retirement Consultant toll-free at 1-866-224-3906, any business day between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.  

Background

As we have previously communicated – changes are coming to the Western Retirement Income Fund (RIF) program. Western is pleased to be moving forward in partnership with Sun Life Financial, the new preferred external provider of a RIF for Western retirees.

The work to transition from the Western RIF to the Sun Life Retirement & Savings Plan for Western Retirees (Sun Life Plan) is well under way, and more than a third of Western RIF members have booked a 1:1 meeting with a Sun Life Retirement Consultant.  Many will be transitioning to the new Sun Life Plan on May 1.

This new partnership provides an outstanding opportunity for current Western RIF members, (including those with RRIF, Old LIF, New LIF and LRIF accounts), future retirees, and also for Western retirees who have assets in other external RIF plans. The Sun Life Plan will provide Western retirees with access to a broader range of quality investment choices, a high degree of flexibility (including the option to transfer in outside assets and spousal accounts), and convenient financial planning support. Western has negotiated very competitive group fees - lower than you would expect to pay as an individual investor. For those who join the plan in 2015, or at any time in the next ten years, these fees are guaranteed for life.

Options and timeline for current Western RIF members

By November 13, 2015, current Western RIF members will be required to make a decision as to where they will move their RIF funds and complete the necessary paperwork. In addition to the Sun Life Plan, other options for current Western RIF members include transferring to another external RIF provider, the purchase of an annuity, or any combination of these three options. Western Human Resources can provide you with guidance on moving to an alternative RIF provider or purchasing an annuity. The Western RIF will be fully transitioned to the new Sun Life Plan by year’s end.

Three opportunities to transfer have been arranged:

Official notification of this change was included in an information package mailed to all RIF members.  You may also wish to read a special RIF edition of Pension News published in January 2015.

Presentation materials and resources

View a copy of the presentation made to current RIF members
View a copy of the Sun Life Transition Brochure for current RIF members
Details on the investment options available in the new Sun Life Plan
Frequently asked questions document - coming soon!

Options and timeline for Western Pension Plan members

Western Pension Plan Members (those who have not yet begun taking an income from their pension savings) will find full details on the page RIF information for Western Pension Plan members.  The information for Pension Plan members is similar to the information you will find on this page, but is more directed at those who are not current members of the Western RIF.

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Previous information on the changes to the Western RIF

In November 2014, the Western Board of Governors approved a recommendation to sign an agreement with Sun Life Financial as a preferred provider of a RIF program for Western retirees.

Information previously posted on the website - Future of the Western RIF, may be found here.