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January 1, 2018

Dear Plan Members and Beneficiaries of the Alberta Carpenters & Allied Workers (ACAW) Pension Plan

Re:  Changes to the Calculation of Commuted Values

A recent change made to the Regulations to the Alberta Employment Pension Plans Act has allowed defined benefit pension plans that are a Collectively Bargained Multi-Employer Plan (CBMEP) to elect to have commuted values* of pension benefits determined in accordance with the actuarial assumptions used in the current actuarial valuation report multiplied by the lesser of 1 and the going concern funded ratio.

A commuted value is calculated when a member is given the right to transfer benefits from the Plan; for example, upon Plan membership termination, member death, or payment to a former spouse on marriage breakdown.  The lumpsum payment at this point in time is called the commuted value.

This change in the determination of the commuted value will ensure that Members who receive a commuted value from the Plan will be treated on the same economic basis as Members who keep their entitlement in the Plan.  In other words, all Members’ pension values will be treated equally.

As the Plan is a defined benefit pension plan and a CBMEP, the Trustees of the Plan are electing to have the commuted values determined in accordance with the change as noted above.

*A commuted value is the lump-sum payout value of future pension payments, calculated at a present date.  Some conditions apply to the right to transfer benefits from the Plan.  Contact the Plan Office for further information.

Yours Truly,

The Board of Trustees of the ACAW Pension Plan

Important Notice Regarding the Rotating Canadian Union of Postal Workers (C.U.P.W.) Strike

During the rotating postal strike, The Alberta Carpenters and Allied Workers Trust Funds will continue to process claims and pension enquiries.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

Any member wishing to make a self-payment is asked to contact the Health & Wellness Plan directly.  Contact numbers can be found on the right hand side of this website.


Changes to the Employment Pension Plans Act came into effect September 1, 2014.  Should you have any questions regarding these changes and the effect said changes have on your plan, please contact the Plan Office.

Health & Wellness

Direct billing by service providers has been limited to Dental, Drugs, Ambulance and Hospital Room Charges. ALL MEMBERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO FIRST MAKE PAYMENT TO ALL OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS and then submit their claims to the ACAW Trust Funds office.  There will be no exceptions to this notice.