"OCRA™ is an organization that advocates for its members on issues of concern to community college retirees. "

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Contact Information, Updated April 2016    OCRA Informational Brochure 2015     2016 Health Insurance Care Plans Comparison available to OCRA members     OCRA Newsletter February 2016     Draft Minutes of 13th OCRA General Meeting, October 28, 2015     OCRA Executive Minutes #70, August 17, 2015      Retiree CAATNIPS V6 2015    CAAT Pension Plan's merger proposal for university pension plan



Welcome to the home page of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology Retirees' Association (OCRA).

The Association, which was established to pursue and foster the interests of its retiree members, was established on April 19th, 2001 at a meeting attended by representatives from eight of the Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology .

For more information on the role of OCRA, its Mission Statement and the relationship with local college associations, please click on the following button.

Attention Retirees

You are invited to join the Ontario Colleges Retirees’ Association to keep informed about retiree issues that are important to you.

Membership in OCRA is open to all support, administrative, and faculty retirees from the 24 community colleges in Ontario and to retirees from related organizations who receive a pension from the CAAT Pension Plan.

OCRA works for retirees in areas such as:

  • pensions
  • health benefits
  • relationship building with organizations that can affect you as a retiree
  • local retiree association support
  • communication - via newsletters, bulletins, website, and general meetings
  • membership surveys to seek your input
  • timely assistance with pension or benefit related problems

Among member benefits are the opportunities to attend the OCRA General Meeting and to serve on the OCRA Board of Directors.

The annual membership fee is $10, and, for your convenience, a membership form can be accessed by clicking on the "Membership" button on the left side of this web page. There is a Life membership table included on the membership form with special rates for lifetime membership.

Already an OCRA member?  Great!  Please encourage your retired or soon-to-be retired co-workers to join. With more members, OCRA becomes a stronger voice on your behalf.

Need more information?  Email membership@ocraretirees.ca


OCRA Corporate Address

OCRA Corporate Office

938 Highland Road

Bridgenorth, Ontario K0L 1H0

Just in case you get confused with some of the Acronyms, Abbreviations, Contacts and Explanations used on this website, please click on the following title.

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Communicating with the Membership

OCRA recognizes that communication will be vital to attracting and maintaining members and we will be communicating regularly through a newsletter and this website on topics being addressed.

These will include, among others, the increasing costs of health and insurance benefits and pension plan improvements.

As well, from time to time OCRA makes arrangements with various suppliers of goods and services to provide discounts for members.

Please send your comments and suggestions to the OCRA Secretary at   secretary@ocraretirees.ca


Recent Updates

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  • Comparison of major extended health insurance care plans for retirees as of March 31, 2016

Please Note: This document was prepared by Joan Cunnington, OCRA Communications Officer.
It is available to paid up OCRA members only by contacting Joan at toby339@sympatico.ca

  • Update on OCRA Pension Calculator by Joan Cunnington. Please Click Here
  • Several examples of the effect of the proposed removal of the indexing factor from the 2015 Pension calculation have been provided for information only. Please Click Here to access the examples.
  • Require any Retirement and/or assorted Calculators? Sun Life Financial has a few. Please Click Here.

Goods and Services Discounts for OCRA Members

Please note that to take advantage of the discounts, membership in OCRA is required and a membership number must be given at the time of purchase.

  • To: CURAC/ARUCC Member Associations and Directors and OCRA members

I am pleased to attach a form to allow your members to purchase (or renew) a CARP Membership for 2014 at a special reduced rate.  This form is also available on the CURAC Website (http://www.curac.ca) under the “Benefits” button.  Please make this form available to your members so that those who are interested may take advantage of this offer.

Best wishes,


George Brandie

Past President, CURAC/ARUCC

Click here for CARP Membership Form. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Re:  VIA Rail Discount for OCRA Members

Please note that this program has been discontinued by VIA Rail.  However, a 15% VIA Rail discount is available through membership in the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).  CARP members can obtain this discount on tickets for rail travel on presentation of their membership card.  Until the end of July 2014 CARP membership for two individuals living at the same mailing address is available at the special price of $14.95 - check this website for more details:

Click Here

 If you wish your membership to include a subscription to the Zoomer magazine, for the lowest price please go to the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) website, www.curac.ca and click on "Benefits" where you will find an enrollment form and the discounted membership fee of $24.95.  Follow the instructions on the form to sign up.  OCRA members have access to this benefit via OCRA's membership in CURAC. 


Updated April 22, 2016