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Unifor makes ORPP submission

02/03/2015

Unifor is calling for the planned Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) to be a universal program with mandatory participation and shared contributions from employers and employees.

“Ontario has the opportunity to create a universal pension plan that will benefit the workers of Ontario, particularly the next generation of young workers,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in the submission.

The submission was sent out this week to the budget secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, in the hopes of encouraging the Ontario government to create a universal pension program.

Consultations into the ORPP are currently taking place across Ontario, with numerous Unifor activists coming out in support of the pension plan.

In its submission, Unifor calls for the ORPP to mirror the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), so it could one day be wrapped into an expanded CPP.

Unifor Pensions and Benefits Director Jo-Ann Hannah said Unifor remains committed to an expanded CPP.

In its submission, Unifor also called for the Ontario and federal governments to explore ways the self-employed, such as freelancers, can contribute to the ORPP and CPP.

Gus Goncalves chairperson Bombardier unit  of Unifor Local 673 will speak on Feb.11, 2015 @ 9 a.m. - St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 135 La Rose Avenue  Etobicoke on the benefits of the Ontario Pension Plan. If you wish more information regarding the ORPP please contact the union office.