Sent on behalf of the Ottawa and District Labour Council President, Sean McKenny

Good afternoon,

As you are aware the Canadian Labour Congress and its affiliates have been leading the way in helping to ensure retirement security for all Canadians. Currently less than 40% of all employees are covered by a workplace pension and millions of Canadians simply can’t save enough on their own to retire. The best way to help today’s workers save enough money for tomorrow is by increasing what everybody gets from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as a share of their total retirement income. Expanding the CPP is about preparing for the future, and leaving behind a better system for our kids.

A part of this process is a “Petition to the House of Commons to expand the CPP/QPP”. Activities are in place across the country to ensure that we are able to get as many signatures as possible signed to the petition. The time frame is very short especially with the holidays just around the corner.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council has committed to having 20,000 individuals sign the petition and has added resources to help achieve our goal.

In order for the petition(s) to be accepted by the House of Commons hard copies with original signatures are needed. We have a ready supply of petitions on a heavier bond paper already printed up and will be distributing those to our affiliates over the next few days. In addition, we will be going door to door in some areas of the city.

The important piece here will be that you try and ensure people sign the petition so when we return to pick up the petitions they are complete and full.

For further information contact the Ottawa and District Labour Council or check out: pensionfairness.ca

Thanks.