ETFO Employee Life and Health Trust (ELHT) Benefits Plan
The 2014 ETFO Central Agreements set out provisions for a new ETFO Employee Life and Health Trust (ELHT) Benefits Plan for Teachers/Occasional Teachers and DECEs/ESPs/PSPs. The Plan is being phased in across locals in waves. The first wave transitioned on November 1, 2016. Members of other locals will transition starting February 1, 2017 (wave 2) and the remaining locals on April 1, 2017 (wave 3) and on June 1, 2017 (wave 4). It is anticipated that eligible retirees will be transferred into the ETFO ELHT in August 2017 (wave 5).
The Plan is being administered by OTIP. Most members in wave 1 received an enrolment package from OTIP in October. Those members in wave 2 will receive their OTIP package in January 2017. Members in wave three will receive their OTIP enrolment package in March 2017. Members in wave four will receive their OTIP enrolment package in May 2017. It is anticipated that eligible retirees in wave five will receive their OTIP enrolment package in July 2017. When will locals transition into the plan?
Who is eligible to participate in the ETFO ELHT Benefits Plan?
If you do not receive your OTIP enrolment package
You will receive your OTIP enrolment welcome kit in the mail approximately two to three weeks before your transition date. Following that, you will receive an invitation to enrol, sent to your board email address. If you do not receive this information by your transition date, please contact OTIP at 1-866-783-6847 or email ETFOenrolment@otip.com. While a deadline for enrolment has been set for one month following the transition date, ETFO will ensure that all eligible members will be enrolled by extending deadlines if necessary in the event that members did not receive an OTIP enrolment email or whose personal information on the OTIP portal was inaccurate. This will not affect your continued benefit coverage.
Getting information about your plan and benefits
Moving 78,000 ETFO members to a new province-wide benefits plan is a large undertaking for ETFO and the OTIP plan administrator and both are experiencing a high volume of calls. While we are making every effort to answer members’ questions, here are ways to seek information regarding your benefits plan:
Wave 1 participants received the full plan design upon enrolment. Those members in other waves can access the Plan design on the ETFO CB Facebook group (under ‘Files’) or by logging onto ETFO’s EMS at https://events.etfo.org/my-etfo/mycollectivebargaining/elht/ and clicking on the CB tab.