Peggy Prendergast

Joan Dawson

ACER-CART has been in existence since 1991.  It is the national voice of retired teachers.  It is a national bilingual association of member associations representing over 128,000 retired teachers from Canada’s ten provinces and Yukon Territory.  It holds an annual meeting in Ottawa in early June. For more information, visit 

At the ACER-CART annual general meeting, as a member organization, RTAM sends both a voting Director and an Observer appointed according to policy who may speak to discussions.  The Director is responsible during the year to keep the RTAM Board of Directors informed on national issues, and to report to ACER-CART on issues of current importance to RTAM.

Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2018 AGM

Respectfully submitted by JoAnne Hoyak, Vice President and ACER-CART Director (MacGregor)

The priorities of ACER-CART for 2017-2018 have been:

· Develop strategies and produce resources for retired teachers and seniors featuring the advantages of defined benefit plans both to the economy and to the individual.
· Continue to work on being a significant voice for retired teachers and seniors at the national level, maintaining co-operation with other groups on issues of common concern.
· Develop strategies and produce resources for retired teachers and seniors supporting a one Canadian purchaser national pharmaceutical formulary.
· Investigate and develop strategies to produce resources for retired teachers and seniors to counter elder abuse.

Therefore, during this 2017-2018 year, through ACER-CART:

  1. There continued to be reaction to the precedent setting Bill C-27 and its implications for defined benefit pension plans. Information and a draft letter to petition MP’s were distributed.
  2. ACER-CART responded to the relevant items addressed in the 2018 Federal budget, including pharmacare, dementia, pension and income security.
  3. In recognition of Motion M-1, passed at the 2017 AGM, President Kenny encourages RTAM to support the strengthening of the Health Accord and the developing of health care strategies for aging Canadians.
  4. ACER-CART, in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress, is supporting the circulation of a petition for the government to initiate a national Pharmacare program.
  5. We are pleased to have the Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security, with whom ACER-CART is affiliated, provide a submission in response to the provincial Pension Act Reform recommendations.
  6. RTAM contributed to the Western Zone ACER-CART meeting in Edmonton in November by Wally Stoyko’s presence.
  7. Reports from RTAM were submitted to Gerry Tiede, the Western representative, for the quarterly ACER-CART Director’s teleconferences.
  8. Registrations for the ACER-CART AGM from May 31 to June 3 for RTAM delegates JoAnne Hoyak and Rosalie Bornn have been sent.

News of Interest

ACER-CART’s Current Bulletins


English Version (2018)
French Version (2018)

ACER-CART Post Election Letter from President,  JoAnn Lauber

English Version
French Version

ACER-CART’S 2015 Federal Election Archives on Seniors’ Issues

English Response | French Response

Archived ACER-CART Bulletins



Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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