The new pensioner

November 26, 2015

Demographic trends show our retiree ranks swelling and leading longer lives. In 2000, there were two working members for every retiree in our plan. By 2015, that ratio has shrunk to 1.4 to 1.

You're a growing group and you're living longer lives. You're also redefining what a retirement is. For the many members we've talked to, retirement isn't just about rest and relaxation. You're travelling, you're contributing to your communities and you're discovering new and re-discovering old skills (just read Gord's story on the opposite page).

One of the biggest shifts we've noticed is your adoption of technology. Here are a few of the things we've done to ensure that we continue to meet you in the digital realm throughout your retirement.

  • We've expanded our suite of social media channels to include Pinterest. Women over the age of 50 are Pinterest's fastest growing group of users. This is a close reflection of our plan membership. Explore to find tips and inspiration for your retirement.
  • All of the videos on our website and YouTube channel have either captions or transcripts available.
  • Find yourself squinting when you're reading our website? We use industry accessibility standards to ensure that the colours we use provide a high enough contrast for better legibility. The fonts we use are also scalable, so you can increase the size for easier reading.

Fast facts about our retired members and technology

  • More than 90% of you who are between the ages of 50 and 70 have registered for an online Ontario Teachers' account. Not registered? Give us a call! All we need is an email address to get you online. 
  • Half of the 10,000+ of you who like are over the age of 55
  • You've used Worklog, our app to track your re-employment, more than 46,000 times in the last year
  • 98% of pension applications are completed online
  • About 45% of you open emails we send on your mobile devices 
  • You love our videos. Our Reel Retirement series has gotten more than 20,000 views on YouTube and Facebook