Turning 65

Age 65 is a milestone for OMERS retired members. For instance:

  • age 65 is a good time to think about medical insurance
  • the amount of your OMERS pension changes
  • some important federal benefits become available to you.

Medical insurance

Age 65 is often a turning point for medical benefits:

  • employer medical and dental coverage may end at 65;
  • Ontario residents become entitled to benefits under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program when they turn 65, but some products may not be covered, e.g., eyeglasses or prescription drugs bought outside Ontario; and
  • it may have been several years since you assessed your medical insurance needs.

While we cannot endorse or guarantee any of these products or services from the organizations below, we have agreed to pass along their information to help with insurance planning.

Be sure to identify yourself as an OMERS member if you enquire about coverage for any of these special offers.

Organization Contact information
Mitchell & Abbott Group Insurance Brokers Property and automobile insurance Mitchell & Abbott Group Insurance Brokers 
P.O. Box 6040, 
Station ‘D'
Hamilton, ON L8V 5C4

Phone: 1-800-463-5208 
tgraves@mitchellabbottgrp.com

*ENCON/MROO 
Health, dental, travel, guaranteed issue life, and convalescent care insurance plans for retirees

ENCON Group Inc. 
55 Standish Court, 6th Floor
Mississauga, Ontario 
L5R 4B2 

telephone: 1-800-363-7861
e-mail: mroo@encon.ca
PlanDirect
Health and Dental Insurance
Individual Health Services Great-West Life
200 - 211 Consumers Road
Toronto, ON M2J 4G8

Phone: 1-800-565-4066 or 
416-490-0072
plandirect@gwl.ca
OTIP
Health, dental, travel, home, auto and life insurance for retired education employees.
OTIP
125 Northfield Drive West
P.O. Box 218
Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z9 

Phone: 1-800-267-6847 or 
519-888-9683

Police Pensioners Association of Ontario (PPAO) Sun Life Benefit Plan 
Health, dental and travel insurance for police retirees and family members

Sun Life Benefit Plan 
Mike Kelly CFP CHS
1202 Lambton Mall Rd
Sarnia, ON N7S 5R6

Phone: 519-542-7779 ext. 2213 or 1-866-282-3924 ext. 2213
Fax: 519-542-2560
mike.f.kelly@sunlife.com

AVIVA 
D.A. Kurt Insurance Brokers LTD 
Financial services and home and auto insurance for police retirees only

AVIVA 
D.A. Kurt Insurance Brokers LTD
 
David Kurt
604 Belwood Ave W. 
Kitchener, ON N2M 1N5 

Phone: 519-579-5440 or 1-800-339-9935 
Phone (24-hour):1-877-314-7687
Fax: 519-579-0193
david@kurt-ins.com

Special Benefits Insurance Services 
Individual health, dental and travel insurance specialists for retirees looking to continue their coverage.

Special Benefits Insurance Services
366 Bay Street, 7th Floor
Toronto ON M5H 4B2
Phone: 1-800-667-0429
Email: general@sbis.ca
Website: www.sbis.ca/omers

OMERS bridge benefit

While your lifetime pension is paid for life, the month after you turn 65 OMERS bridge benefit ends and will be taken off your pension payment. Just before you turn 65, you will receive a notice from OMERS detailing the change to your pension.

Background

Your OMERS pension is designed to work with the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to help provide a reasonable, total retirement income. Here's how:

  • While you work, you pay a lower OMERS contribution rate on the portion of your earnings for which you also contribute to CPP (up to $55,900 in 2018).
  • When you retire, your OMERS and CPP pensions work together to provide you with retirement income.

How we calculate your bridge benefit

0.675% x credited service (years) x lesser of “best five” earnings or $53,480

$53,480
 is the current five-year average (2013-2017) of CPP earnings limit.

No link between CPP pension and OMERS bridge benefit

Your CPP pension is based on how long you have worked and contributed to CPP. The OMERS bridge benefit is based on your credited service in OMERS. The two amounts are not linked and may be quite different.

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and other government benefits

If you haven't already started to receive your CPP pension, be sure take the steps necessary to ensure you receive the benefit you've earned. Your CPP benefit is not sent automatically; you must apply for it. 

Application kits are available from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada either online or from the local office in your area.

Other Government benefits include the Old Age Security (OAS) program, which is supplemented by the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Allowance for low-income seniors. When you turn 65, you may be entitled to these benefits. Like CPP, you must apply for them.

MROO (Municipal Retiree Organization of Ontario) zone meetings

Each spring, the Municipal Retirees Organization of Ontario (MROO) hosts Zone Meetings across the province.

  • MROO's president provides an update on MROO's advocacy on behalf of pensioners.
  • OMERS staff share information about the pension plan and are available to answer questions.
  • Guest speakers address a variety of topics of interest to retirees.
  • All OMERS retirees are invited.

MROO 2018 Zone Meeting Schedule