Welcome to the BCGREA
Our Association presently has approximately 9,000 members across the Province. We encourage you to read this information and to consider becoming a member. We are a valuable social and volunteer group. Luncheon meetings are arranged and interesting guest speakers attend the Branch meetings. Members of BCGREA Branches visit members who may be in the hospital; and they get together for sports and social activities.
BCGREA Mission Statement
The BCGREA is committed to representing all members in good standing of the association that are in receipt of a superannuation allowance under the Public Service Pension Act of British Columbia.
Representation includes, but is not limited to, maintaining strong communications and negotiations with the government of BC, and Canada, on behalf of the membership.
Members in the association may also access the services and benefits that accrue through the affiliation of Companies and other associations having specific plans and services designed for the benefit of retirees in BC and Canada.
The primary goal of the BCGREA is to obtain benefits for our members and strive to prevent erosion of these benefits. Our participation has been successful in obtaining many benefits for pensioners such as:
• Extended Health and Dental coverage
• Cost of Living Increases
• Discount Hotel Rates
• Group Insurance Rates
Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
Travel – Out of Province Insurance
House (Residential) Insurance
Our strength of 9,000 members in the BCGREA is important and because of this support, ensures members’ views and concerns are made known to the Pension Corporation. The greater our numbers, the louder our voice. We urge all qualified persons to become a member of the BCGREA and to encourage other fellow government retirees to do the same.
This body is elected annually and consists of a President, two Vice-Presidents, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a Membership Secretary who are appointed. The Board of Directors of the Association is comprised of the Chairs of each local Branch. The BCGREA Executive holds several meetings throughout the year and there is an Annual General Meeting held In October and it is well attended by representatives from all of the Branches. A Directors’ Meeting is held in March and each Branch sends one delegate (usually the Branch Chairperson).
Observers are also welcome at these meetings. These annual meetings are held on the Lower Mainland and arrangements are made to have guest speakers attend who are well versed on current topics of interest to retired persons.
The Provincial Executive provides a liaison between the Association and the Pension Corporation, and keeps the Branches notified of current issues and changes that may impact on the membership. The Association Past President, Lawrence Johnson, is a Trustee on the B.C. Public Service Pension Board and is the representative for all retirees receiving a Provincial Pension in the Province. He is well positioned to speak on your behalf.
There are 22 local Branches of the BCGREA located in most major centers of British Columbia. Branch members and Officers are qualified to provide new retirees with assistance in the complexities of applying for pension benefits, and may also introduce them to appropriate local services.
Eligibility for Membership
In order to be eligible for membership in the BCGREA, you must qualify as either an ‘Active’ member or an ‘Associate’ member. ‘Active’ members are all those who receive Public Service Pensions. ‘Associate’ members include all those who receive a Government Pension OTHER THAN Public Service.
Active Members pay their membership dues ($20/individual or $40/couple) by authorizing the Pension Corporation to deduct the dues automatically from their February pension payment.
Associate Members pay their membership dues ($20/individual or $40/couple) by cheque or money order to their Branch Treasurer by January 2nd of each year.
All General Meetings convene on the Lower Mainland, usually in the Tsawwassen area, close to the BC Ferry Terminal. The costs of the Annual General Meeting and the Directors’ Meeting (and any special meetings that are necessary) are borne by the Provincial Body. These meetings enable the Branches to share knowledge, experiences and advise the Provincial Executive about matters that are of concern.
How to contact the BCGREA:
- To assist you to identify the Branch nearest you, open the ‘Contact List’ on the main menu. You may contact the membership person at your local Branch from this list. You may wish to download the application form (follow the link at the top of this page), complete it and mail directly to the Branch nearest you.For additional information, please call the BCGREA Office toll free at 1-866-729-9299.
- Central Office: BCGREA, PO Box 791, Station A, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5M2
Toll-free:1-866-729-9299 (for messages)
Fax:1-250-751-8733 smart ring
Information regarding queries on Extended Health, Dental, and Canada Pension Plan, should be directed to the following agencies:
Extended Health and Dental Benefits for Pensioners
PO Box 9463, Stn. Prov. Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V8
Extended Health and Dental Claims
Green Shield Canada
Toll-Free: 1-888-711-1119 (Monday to Friday 5:30am to 5:30pm Pacific Time)
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Information
Canada Pension Plan
Postal Station D
Scarborough ON M1R 5E8
In the Blue Pages of your local telephone directory –
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
Human Resources Development Canada
Human Resources Centres of Canada (your region)
Canada Pension Plan Enquiries