(Ottawa, August 2, 2012) – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and participating provincial trucking associations are sponsoring the first truly comprehensive program of retirement savings plans for employees and owner-operators in the Canadian trucking industry.
The program is being offered through Standard Life – one of Canada’s leading long-term savings and investment companies providing solutions to over 1.4 million Canadians – and will be of interest to small, medium and large-sized carriers.
“By offering this new service, CTA and the provincial associations are not only trying to help the workers in the trucking industry prepare for retirement, but we are also trying to assist the industry in becoming more attractive in terms of retaining existing employees and owner-operators, as well as attracting new ones,” says CTA president and CEO, David Bradley. “The industry is competing with other sectors for a shrinking pool of labour and we’ve got to meet or exceed the benefits those other sectors are providing.”
Bradley concedes that there are many companies that already provide some form of retirement savings plan and while he says that those companies might be interested in what the CTA-provincial association plans are offering, “we also know that there are many that have not yet introduced such plans and we hope this provides them with an easy way of doing so.”
The CTA-Provincial association initiative is also consistent with new federal legislation recently given Royal Assent which authorizes the introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) in Canada. PRPPs are pooled, low-cost, transferable between employers and managed by regulated administrators intended to allow small and medium-size employers who do not currently provide retirement savings plans to band together to do so.
• Group purchasing power
• Elevated service model and CTA branding
• A pricing discount model that builds as program grows
Contacts, Standard Life
BC: Nick Purewal (604) 664-8034, firstname.lastname@example.org
S. AB: Greg Bird (403) 531-5806, email@example.com
N. AB/SK/MB: Brent Johnson (306) 565-3312, firstname.lastname@example.org
SW ON: Mike LeBar (519) 672-6639, email@example.com
C.ON/N. ON: Mike Pastuszak 416-224-3535, ext. 3446, firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic: Cara Boston (902) 423-5538, email@example.com
AMTA: Dave Jorgensen, 403-214-3426,
MTA: Laura La Palme, 204-632.6600
OTA: Joanne Benac at 416-249-7401, ext. 230, firstname.lastname@example.org