Membership Eligibility (Education Sector)
Education Sector - Regular Member
Available to Alberta teachers who have contributed to the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF) for five or more years, and surviving spouses.
1. ARTA will accept into full membership the following Educational Sector Groups:
1.1 A retired teacher who has contributed to the ATRF for five years or their surviving spouse. Proof of such contribution must be provided. Proof shall include a letter from ATRF or other acceptable evidence from a Board of Education stating that this is so. Contributions do not have to be made consecutively
1.2 A retired teacher or their surviving spouse, who will not receive an ATRF pension but who can provide proof in writing of having made pension contributions to the ATRF for 5 or more years
1.3 A retired pre-pensionable aged teacher who has taught and contributed to the ATRF for 5 or more years and who would be eligible to receive an ATRF pension at age 55 or older or their surviving spouse. Proof of contributions to the ATRF must be provided in writing
Education Sector - Affiliate Member
Available to those who have contributed to an Alberta government-sponsored pension plan for five or more years OR have made matching contributions to their employer-sponsored retirement savings plan for at least 50 months over a consecutive five-year period.
5. ARTA will accept into affiliate membership the following additional Educational Sector groups:
5.1 Retired teachers from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions other than Alberta who are living in Alberta at the time of application for membership and who have contributed any Canadian provincial or federal government pension plan, excluding CPP, for five or more years or their surviving spouse
5.2 Retired instructors of post-secondary educational institutions such as universities, colleges, technical schools, etc. who have contributed to any Canadian provincial or federal government pension plan, excluding CPP, for five or more years so long as they are residents of Alberta at the time of application, or their surviving spouse
5.3 Retired Academic Staff Association members of Alberta universities who have contributed to an Alberta government pension plan for five or more years or their surviving spouse
5.4 Retired employees (support staff) of school boards universities, colleges, and technical institutions provided they contributed to an Alberta government pension plan for five or more years or their surviving spouse
5.5 Retired employees (support staff) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) who have contributed to an Alberta government pension plan for five or more years or their surviving spouse
5.6 Retired employees of the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) who were employed by ARTA for five (5) or more years
5.7 Retired employees (support staff) of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF) who have contributed to an Alberta Government pension plan for five (5) or more years or their surviving spouse
5.8 Active teachers who lose their benefits plan coverage because they exceed an eligible age limit determined by their benefit plan and who have contributed to the ATRF for 5 or more years. Proof of contributions to the ARTF must be provided in writing
5.9 Active support staff of schools boards, universities, colleges and technical institutions who lose their benefit’s plan coverage because they exceed an eligible age limit as determined by their benefit plan provided they have contributed to an Alberta Government sponsored pension for five (5) or more years or their surviving spouse
5.10 active or retired school board trustees over the age of 55 years
6. Affiliates may not vote or hold office
Education Sector - Life Member
ARTA will grant a Life Membership to any full ARTA member or their surviving spouse who is 85 years of age.
Education Sector - Honorary Member
Honorary Memberships may be awarded to full or past full members of ARTA who have contributed to ARTA in some significant way.
3. Honorary Memberships may be awarded to full or past full members of ARTA who have contributed to ARTA in some significant way using the following guidelines:
3.1 In awarding an honorary membership, emphasis should be placed on the significance of the service rendered
3.2 An honorary membership need not be awarded each year nor limited to one per year
3.3 Nominations may be made by any member of ARTA or by the branch executive
3.4 Nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted to the executive director by April 15 of the year intended to take effect
3.5 The nomination will be presented to the Board of Directors at its May meeting
3.6 The nominee or a representative of the nominee should be present at the May board meeting to provide support for the nomination
3.7 A secret ballot on each nominee will be held with support of 2/3 of the Board of Directors required in order to confer the award
3.8 The president will notify the recipient and will arrange for a formal presentation at the AGM or, if the honorary member so chooses, at a meeting of his/her branch
3.9 No public statement will be made until after the presentation of the award
ARTA’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Prior to your Education Sector membership expiring, ARTA will send out a notice of renewal for fees. Members enrolled on the Benefit Plan pay their membership fees monthly with their monthly premiums, so ARTA will automatically renew their membership for the next fiscal year.