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May 29, 2023

Employee Assistance Program to Support Pride Month

As we approach Pride Month, we want to emphasize our commitment to inclusivity and support for our LGBTQ+ employees and their loved ones. Our Employee Assistance Program offers a range of resources, including:

  • Online information about LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, coming out, and community support
  • Specialized counseling services with professionals who have experience in LGBTQ+ issues. We provide a safe and understanding environment for LGBTQ+ employees and their families to discuss concerns, address mental health challenges, and navigate personal and professional issues.
  • Workshops and training sessions to educate employees and managers about LGBTQ+ awareness, inclusivity, and creating a welcoming work environment.

Please click here to learn more about our Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion Programs.

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May 23, 2023

UCC Pension Plan Top Contender in the 2022 Pension Leadership Awards

We are pleased to announce that the United Church of Canada (UCC) Pension Plan emerged as a top contender in the 2022 Pension Leadership Awards. The plan's Pension Fund Manager, Derek Hurst, was nominated for the Investment Officer of the Year award.


Although the UCC Pension Plan was a finalist in its category, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Pension Plan ultimately won the award.


This is not the first time the UCC Plan has been recognized for its outstanding achievements. At the 2021 Pension Leadership Awards, the plan was shortlisted for its investment practices under the Sustainable Investing Award category with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.


The Investment Officer of the Year award is presented to an Investment Officer who has demonstrated leadership when it comes to pension investing and made demonstrable improvements to their organization’s investment process. Environmental, social and governance factors are also taken into account. 


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April 28, 2023

Implementation of Revised Regional COL Group Assignments on July 1, 2023

This reminder is a follow-up to notices shared late last year and earlier this year with community of faith treasurers and administrators, as well as ministry personnel, about changes to the regional cost of living group assignments. A copy of the letter shared with treasurers and administrators is in the Downloads section at the bottom of the Ministers’ Salary Schedule and Cost of Living Groups webpage.

These changes will be effective for the pay period beginning July 1, 2023, and apply to the balance of the year. You can find the revised cost of living group assignment data in the Downloads section as well.

If your regional COL group assignment has moved up, your ADP administrator will need to update the minister’s salary in TeamPay or inform ADP of the new salary amount for the pay period beginning July 1.

Salaries for ministry personnel serving in locations where the regional COL group assignment has been adjusted down will be maintained as per the terms of the appointment or call. This includes those whose appointments renew. This means that if the pastoral charge is in a lower cost of living group, the current minister’s salary may not be reduced. It will remain subject to the annual economic adjustment to minimum salaries or as defined in the terms of appointment or call.

There is no change to the COL group for 45 percent of communities of faith. Thirty-nine percent of communities of faith have stepped up one group. Sixteen percent have stepped down one group. These changes reflect  regional differences in the costs of housing, property and provincial income taxes, utilities, and goods and services.

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April 24, 2023

GSC App Now Available for Plan Members

As a plan member, you can now submit your claims from your phone using the GSC everywhere app. The app gives you 24/7 access to your benefits and includes features such as

  • ability to show your ID card electronically
  • access to the Change4Life health portal
  • directions to providers who submit claims directly to GSC
  • instant check of your eligibility and coverage for virtually any health service or item
  • access to the status of your claims and their history

For more details, visit the Mobile App page on the GreenShield website.

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April 21, 2023

Meet the New GreenShield Canada (GSC)

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GSC recently announced its new brand identity and the release of its integrated platform.

GSC will now be called GreenShield. As a member of our benefits plan, there should be no changes to your claims experience. All providers will recognize the new name, and your experience will remain the same.

GreenShield plans to release its integrated platform at the beginning of 2024. Details will be provided as they become available.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the Benefits Centre at

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April 21, 2023

KITS: Reasonably Priced and Convenient Vision Care

Do you know that as a GSC plan member you can now access reasonably priced and convenient vision care with in conjunction with your vision care benefit through GreenShield?

KITS is a Vancouver-based company. The retailer maintains a large inventory of contact lenses and eyeglasses, with over 700 styles and over 300,000 frames in stock.

They offer many regular promotions that bring down the cost of vision care, including

  • first pair of KITS-branded glasses free (promo code: FREEKITS)
  • free KITS-branded frames with premium lenses (promo code: FREEFRAMES)
  • free KITS-branded glasses with purchase of any glasses purchased (promo code: GSCKITS)

All you have to do is visit, log in as a GSC member, and select your coverage. Your benefits will be applied automatically when you check out. GSC is billed directly for eligible expenses, making your purchase seamless.

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February 28, 2023

Pension Information Seminar - February 2023

The United Church of Canada provides a Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all employees who work more than 14 hours a week.

Visit CHURCHx for a recording of the 90 minute Pension Information Seminar to learn about how the plan works, what it costs, what it provides, and how to apply for your pension when you're ready. In this program, we will describe:

  • what a "defined benefit plan" is
  • how costs and benefits are determined
  • other ways that you might plan for retirement, including personal savings, government benefits, and coordination with other pension or benefits plans you may have access to
  • options to consider as you prepare to retire.

To view the recording and get all the handouts:

  • navigate to
  • use the "Member login" button at the top right of your screen, and enter your username and password. This will take you to your Dashboard
  • from your Dashboard, click on the title of the course
  • if you need help with CHURCHx, please reach out to Tay Moss at

Click here to view a recording of this seminar on YouTube.

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January 4, 2023

Connex Newsletter

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December 12, 2022

What Does “Accrual Rate” Mean?

The accrual rate is the rate at which you earn your pension. In 2023, you will earn your pension at the rate of 1.85% of your pensionable earnings.

How Does This Work?

You earn a piece of pension every year that you work and contribute to the plan―like building blocks.

For example, let’s assume that a member’s pensionable earnings stayed constant at $60,000 every year (for easy figuring). From 2019 to 2024, that member would earn:

Year Accrual Rate Formula Pension Credit Earned
2019 1.4% 1.4% of $60,000 $ 840
2020 1.85% 1.85% of $60,000 $ 1,110
2021 1.625% 1.625% of $60,000 $ 975
2022 1.85% 1.85% of $60,000 $ 1,110
2023 1.85% 1.85% of $60,000 $ 1,110
2024 1.4% 1.4% of $60,000 $ 840

At the end of your career, the annual pension amounts earned each year (pension credits) will add up to the total annual pension you will receive every year for the rest of your life. So, the higher amount earned in 2023 will continue to benefit you for the rest of your retired life.

What about Future Increases?

There is no automatic indexing or increases in our pension plan. Each year, the Pension Board and Pension Plan Advisory Committee assess the resources available and determine whether there are surplus funds that can be used to increase benefits.

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September 14, 2022

September 2022 - By the Numbers

The Benefits Centre team is pleased to announce that we have made 17 lump sum payments and 4,768 regular pension payments following the transition from RBC Investor and Treasury Services to LifeWorks in May. All thanks to LifeWorks' Ariel payroll system that streamlined the payroll run and generated one payroll run instead of two for monthly pensions and lump sums. Check out more details below!

Ariel Payroll September Infographic

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