Benefits

As a member of the WTA you are entitled to certain benefits. For a $150/year membership fee, the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association (WTA):

  • Bargains directly with the Winnipeg School Division on behalf of its approximately 4,000 members;
  • Manages workplace safety and health issues;
  • Provides a health plan and benefits plan unique to the division;
  • Throws social events, including retirement receptions;
  • Distributes funds from a wellness grant; and
  • Provides scholarships and distinguished service awards.

WTA members also are members of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), which represents all public school teachers in Manitoba. MTS members pay their $1008/year membership fee in addition to the local WTA fee.

For this annual membership fee, MTS:

  • Participates at the bargaining table with WTA, acting as a full-time liaison and providing counselling services;
  • Provides members with a disability benefits plan;
  • Helps to solve conflicts between two WTA members;
  • Upholds a code of professional practice and misconduct; and
  • Provides all members with a membership card.

WTA members have the opportunity to participate on standing committees of MTS. 

Group Benefits Information

Dental Plan: Canada Life (formerly Great West Life) — plan booklet:  51001 The Winnipeg School Division Class 2 – Winnipeg School Division, All Employees

Extended Health Care Plan: Manulife  — plan booklet: booksumed
Summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Active Members: Health Benefit Summary WTA Actives_Oct 2020
Summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Retired Members

Summaries of MTS Group Benefits:

Maternity, Parental and Adoptive Leave Package.

CHANGES TO THE WSD TEACHERS’ DENTAL PLAN

Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were not changed from premiums paid last year.  Effective January 1, 2022, premiums will continue to be set at 1.3% of payroll.  Also in 2012, deductibles will be not charged by your dentist.

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Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were decreased in 2021 from 1.4% of payroll to 1.3% of payroll.  Also in 2011, deductibles were not charged by your dentist.

Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were increased in 2020 from 1.38% of payroll to 1.4% of payroll.

Effective January 1, 2019, the deductible holiday ended.  Deductibles will be charged by your dentist.  Single members will pay $25 once per year and members with a family enrolment will pay $25 on the first visit and $25 on the next visit for a total of $50 per year per family.

Effective January 1, 2017, the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan was improved as follows:  the orthodontic maximum was increased to $1,750 per person per calendar year.

Further, effective January 1, 2016, dependent coverage was changed so that dependent means your unmarried children under age 21, or under age 25 if they are full time student.  This harmonizes the maximum age limits for the WSD dental group plan and the WSD extended health care plan.

CHANGES TO THE WSD MANULIFE EXTENDED HEALTH CARE PLAN:

Claims and costs to the extended health care plan have been increasing by double digit percentages.  To keep the plan viable, without changing the benefits, our consultants recommended we increase premiums by 18%.  They cited inflation, costs related to the pandemic and increasing use of benefits to be the causes of this large increase.

Our only two options to pay for increasing costs and usage are to increase premiums and to cap the maximums that can be claimed.  The WTA considered its options and chose a middle ground: effective March 1, 2022, extended health care plan premiums will be increased by 8%.

We also capped the psychology benefit to $1,000/person/calendar year and we capped massage therapy to a maximum of $850/person/calendar year.  Without these two caps, the premiums would have to be increased another 1.8%.

For active teachers:  Premiums for Single enrolment in 2021 was $58.08 and effective March 1, 2022, they will be $62.72.  Premiums for Family enrolment in 2021 was $120.76 and effective March 1, 2022, they will be $130.42.

For retired teachers:  Premiums for Single enrolment in 2021 was $72.60 and effective March 1, 2022, they will be $78.40.  Premiums for Family enrolment in 2021 was $150.96 and effective March 1, 2022, they will be $163.04.

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In August 2020, members of the retiree class of the Manulife extended health care plan will receive Pay Direct Drug Cards for use effective September 1, 2020.  Drug cards allow members to have their claims adjudicated at the pharmacy, without having to pay for eligible drug claims up front and being reimbursed after submitted claims are adjudicated.  When using the drug card, members only need to pay the out of pocket expenses at time of sale.  (Active teachers already have the Pay Direct Drug Card benefit.)

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Effective March 1, 2018, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: coverage for all vaccines; increased coverage for custom-made orthotics from $500 per person per two calendar years to $500 per person per calendar year.

Effective March 1, 2018, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for retired teachers: coverage for vaccinations for hepatitis and shingles; increased coverage for custom-made orthotics from $400 per person per three calendar years to $400 per person per two calendar years.

Effective March 1, 2017, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: an increase to the maximums allowed for paramedical claims to $1,000 per person per calendar year. Paramedicals include Acupuncturist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Dietician, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Osteopath, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, Psychologist and Speech Therapist.

The EHC plan was also improved effective March 1, 2017, for retired teachers (in Classes B and H), with an increase to the maximums allowed for Cardiac Rehab to $500/lifetime.

Effective March 1, 2016, these two benefits were added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: custom ear plugs, paid to reasonable and customary maximums, requiring a prescription; and a Pay Direct Drug Card. Manulife brochure

Effective March 1, 2016, EHC Plan eligibility requirements were relaxed: “The loss of coverage due to a spouse’s retirement is considered to be voluntary withdrawal and therefore is not considered a Life Event,” was deleted from the definition of Life Events.

The EHC plan was also improved effective March 1, 2016, for retired teachers (in Classes B and H), with an increase to the maximums allowed for paramedical claims to $850 per person per calendar year. Paramedicals include Acupuncturist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Dietician, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Osteopath, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, Psychologist and Speech Therapist.