CWRA Member Rick Borland

City of Winnipeg Transit Department Director (retired) and longtime member of the City of Winnipeg Retirees Association Rick Borland passed away on July 7, 2021. Mr. Borland's obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, August 21, 2021. In addition, the Free Press featured an article on Rick, his career, and his athletic pursuits and achievements. He also served the Association for many years as our representative to the Board of Trustees for the Winnipeg Civic Employees' Benefits Program (aka the pension board). A celebration for Rick's life was held on September 1, 2021.

News for Members: Retiree Group Benefit Plan

HUB International was appointed by the City of Winnipeg to be the consultant on the Retiree Group Benefits Plan effective January 1, 2021.
HUB International is one of the top five global brokers providing Employee Benefits, Business Insurance, Risk Services and Personal Insurance. As the largest Employee Benefits consulting firm in Canada and with a local presence in Winnipeg, HUB’s vision is to be everywhere risk exists – today and tomorrow. Helping protect what matters most.
As the Consultant for both the Active Employee and Retiree Group Plans, they consult on the following for both plans:
We will keep members updated when new information is received about the Retiree Group Benefits Plan.
Board of Directors,
City of Winnipeg Retirees Association

2020 Tax Information for Retirees

The Winnipeg Civic Employees' Benefits Program has mailed out T4A forms (statement of pension, retirement, annuity and other income) for pensions paid in 2020. Pension recipients who subscribe to Blue Cross benefits will notice that the premiums you paid are no longer reported on the T4A. To obtain this information online  from Blue Cross:
  1. Visit Blue Cross at www.mb.bluecross.ca
  2. Log in to your mybluecross account (if you have one), or create an account, then log in.
  3. Once you are logged in, on the left hand side of the screen, go to My Account, then My Documents, and scroll down to Find Tax Information.
  4. At the bottom of this screen, select Yearly Premium Statements.
  5. Select the pdf file to download, then Print.
If you don't have a computer or the ability to print, you can call Blue Cross at 204-775-0151 (for quicker service, please have your Blue Cross number handy).  Blue Cross will mail you a copy of the premiums statement.  

COVID-19 Update to Members

The members of the Board of Directors for the City of Winnipeg Retirees Association hope everyone is doing well in this trying time.
 
CWRA volunteers aren't in the office these days as we are staying at home, and 219 Provencher Blvd. is closed during this time. We're doing our part to help "flatten the curve," using physical distancing and other measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.
 
At this point, we have decided to cancel the following events from our 2020 Event Schedule:
  • Monday, May 4 Seminar (Downsize Your House and Upsize Your Lifestyle) - cancelled
  • Monday, June 8 Seminar (Travel Medical Insurance and Travel Packages) - cancelled
  • Wednesday, June 10 Hot Dog Day at Whittier Park - cancelled
  • Wednesday, June 24 Tour (Oseredok Ukrainian Museum and Cultural Education Centre) - cancelled
  • Wednesday, July 8 - Group Attendance at Goldeyes Baseball - cancelled
  • Wednesday, September 9 Tour (Jim's Vintage Garage Museum) - cancelled
Our next scheduled event will be the Wednesday, September 9 Hot Dog Day at Whittier Park.
 
Like you, we are monitoring the situation and we are looking forward to resuming our programs, activities and office support as soon as it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated on further schedule changes via our website and email.
 
In the meantime, if you are looking for information, you can contact us by leaving a voicemail at 204-233-2227 or email: cwrabrd@gmail.com.
 
We also encourage you to learn and practice the public health recommendations. As the experts say, "Now is not the time for fear.  Now is the time for action to protect yourself and others." All information about the coronavirus and safety precautions can be found on the Manitoba Government website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.  If you think may be ill, take the online self-assessment first.  Then call Health Links-info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) to get directions on how to proceed.
 
Please stay safe and well, stay home, keep six feet away from people when you do need to go out, and wash your hands often.
Sincerely,
 
The Board of Directors
City of Winnipeg Retirees Association

200-219 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G4 phone: 204-233-2227 email: cwrabrd at gmail.com