Human Resources

Getting ready to move your Western RIF

(updated January 27, 2015)

Register for a Sun Life Financial Group Education Session and 1:1 with a Sun Life Retirement Consultant

Choose the appropriate link to register for an education session and 1:1 meant for your group.

I am a current member of the Western RIF 

I am a member of Western's Pension Plans and I intend to retire in the near future.  


As we have previously communicated – changes are coming to the Western Retirement Income Fund (RIF) program. Western is pleased to be moving forward in partnership with Sun Life Financial, the new preferred external provider of a Retirement Income Fund (RIF) for Western retirees.

The work to transition from the Western RIF to the Sun Life Retirement & Savings Plan for Western Retirees (Sun Life Plan) is already under way, and you will be able to plan to move your assets as early as May 1, 2015.

Options and timeline

By November 13, 2015, current Western RIF members will be required to make a decision as to where they will move their RIF funds and complete the necessary paperwork. In addition to the Sun Life Plan, other options for current Western RIF members include transferring to another external RIF provider, the purchase of an annuity, or any combination of these three options. Western Human Resources can provide you with guidance on moving to an alternative RIF provider or purchasing an annuity. The Western RIF will be fully transitioned to Sun Life Financial by year’s end. Official notification of this change is included in an information package mailed to all RIF members.

Learn more about the new Sun Life Plan

In partnership with Western, Sun Life Financial is pleased to offer on-campus group education sessions and 1:1 meetings with Sun Life Retirement Consultants, so that you may learn more about the new arrangement, and the steps to take to transfer to the Sun Life Plan.  

This new partnership provides an outstanding opportunity for current Western RIF members, (including those with RRIF, Old LIF, New LIF and LRIF accounts), future retirees, and also for Western retirees who have assets in other external RIF plans. The Sun Life Plan will provide Western retirees with access to a broader range of quality investment choices, a high degree of flexibility (including the option to transfer in outside assets and spousal accounts), and convenient financial planning support. Western has negotiated very competitive group fees, lower than you would expect to pay as an individual investor. For those who join the plan in 2015, or at any time in the next ten years, these fees are guaranteed for life.

Sun Life group education sessions

Sun Life will be hosting 90-minute group education sessions in Western’s Great Hall on campus. Sessions will cover the following information:

Group education sessions will be held as follows:

Current Western RIF Members       Session Times
February 23, 2016 10:00 am      1:00 pm      4:00 pm      7:00 pm     
March 3, 2015 10:00 am 1:00 pm
March 16, 2015 11:00 am 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Pension Plan Members retiring
in the near future

Session Times
March 3, 2015 4:00 pm 7:00 pm
March 16, 2015 9:00 am

In-person, 1:1 sessions with licensed Retirement Consultants

These individual 60-minute sessions, held on campus, will provide an opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have about the Sun Life Plan and your retirement income options, including investing strategies and income illustrations. Retirement Consultants can also enroll members in the new plan, as well as assist with asset consolidation and spousal accounts. Various timeslots are available, and you may attend these sessions together with your spouse. To facilitate your retirement planning discussion, it may be helpful to bring account statements if you have savings elsewhere. We encourage you attend a group session in advance of a 1:1 session so you can make the most of your time with a Sun Life Retirement Consultant.

To register

You may register for a Sun Life group education session and a 1:1 meeting with a Retirement Consultant by visiting the Sun Life registration pages:

Registration for current RIF members
Pension Plan members retiring in the near future

Current Western RIF members who are unable to register via the Internet may call Human Resources at 519-661-2194 to request assistance with registration.

We believe these changes offer exciting new opportunities for Western retirees!

Previous information on the changes to the Western RIF

In November 2014, the Western Board of Governors approved a recommendation to sign an agreement with Sun Life Financial as a preferred provider of a Retirement Income Fund (RIF) program for Western retirees.

Information previously posted on the website - Future of the Western RIF, may be found here.