Questions and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find answers to common questions from retirees. Click a heading to reveal the questions under it; then click a question to reveal the answer.
Please fill and submit the form in Contact Us if you have any questions.
How do I join the SFU Retirees Association ?
Membership in the Association is open to all retirees of Simon Fraser University.
A retiree is any person retired from employment at SFU as shown by the records of the Human Resources Office, or equivalent office from time to time. The surviving spouse of a deceased retiree is eligible to become a member.
You can also download a membership registration form
What does the Retirees Association offer ?
The main purpose of our Association is to maintain and encourage connections between retired employees and the University, and to provide opportunities for social interaction among members.
We have a very great variety of activities — pretty much something for everyone. We organize a seminar series in the Halpern Centre, an array of outings and trips around the Lower Mainland, a Financial Planning series, a Fall dinner, an afternoon reception in March, and a dinner in May combined with the Annual General Meeting. To get a full understanding of what we do, you may like to visit our Events Calendar and Archived Events. These events are open to members and their partners/spouses. Three times a year we produce a comprehensive Newsletter for our members.
You may know that as a retiree of SFU you are eligible for free gym membership, access to the Library, and an SFU email address for life. As a member of SFURA you may also park for free on an occasional basis in the Visitors' Parkade, and will be part of the firstname.lastname@example.org email list. If you wish to have copies of SFU News mailed to you, you may send a note requesting this along with your full mailing address (including postal code) to SFU Media and Public Relations.
How many members are in the SFURA ?
318 at July 30th/2015
Can I contact you by telephone ?
Yes, we have Softel. Our SFU number is (778)782-2297.
Where can I learn about my benefits at SFU ?
The Office of Human Resources at SFU has provided a comprehensive web page of materials for retirees – Faculty, APSA, Excluded Staff, CUPE Local 3338, and Poly Party.
Visit Human Resources' Retirees Benefits page for more information.
Where can I learn about my Blue Cross benefits ?
You can examine your own personal file at Pacific Blue Cross to see your total reimbursements to date, your balance available of the lifetime maximum, the date of your next eligibility for (partial) payment for eyewear, etc.
Visit Pacific Blue Cross Member Services for details.
Where can I learn about pension-splitting ?
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) permits pension splitting for eligible taxpayers. Some of the Association's members have availed themselves of the benefits of pension-splitting and have realized a considerable saving on their income taxes.
In some instances, by choosing pension-splitting, persons have received a REFUND on previous years' taxes. Note carefully: this is not an automatic benefit – you must apply for it.
The Canada Revenue Agency has extensive information of interest to seniors; visit their Seniors' Topics page here