Updating Your Personal Information
Keeping your information up-to-date is important and not just during retirement.
Changing Your Name, Address, Email, or Phone Number
Do we have your correct address, phone number, and email? We regularly reach out to members via email, so if you have added a work email to your account, you may want to give us your personal email in order to ensure you continue to get communication from ATRF when you retire or during summer breaks.
To change your name, address, email, or phone number:
- Sign in to MyPension to make the change on our secure member portal.
- Call 1-800-661-9582 or (780) 451-4166,
- Fax: (780) 452-3547,
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (if you’re retired) and email@example.com (if you’re teaching)
- Send details of your new address to:
- Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund
500 Barnett House, 11010 142 ST NW
Edmonton, AB T5N 2R1
- Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund
- If you are updating your information using mail, fax, or email, ensure that you have filled out the Information Update form below.
To change your name in our records, send us a signed letter along with proof of the change (such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate) to the address shown above.
Updating Your Beneficiary(ies) or Pension Partner
If you marry or have been in a common-law relationship for three or more years, please complete the
- name change, if applicable,
- change of address, if applicable,
- your pension partner’s name and date of birth, and
- any change in your beneficiary designation. (Remember to name someone other than your pension partner – see below for an explanation.)
What is the difference between a Pension Partner and a Beneficiary?
ATRF is required to protect the rights of a pension partner and as such your pension partner is automatically your primary beneficiary, regardless of whom you have named as a beneficiary. This means that your pension partner is first in line to receive an entitlement to your pension if you happen to predecease your pension partner before commencing pension benefits.
If you pass away without a pension partner, then your beneficiary(ies) are entitled to your pension. If you die without having named any beneficiary, any pension entitlement will be paid to your estate.
You may change your beneficiary(ies) at any time by either completing the change on MyPension or submitting a new Designating a Beneficiary Form (see below) with the name of your new beneficiary(ies). However, your beneficiary designation cannot be changed, even by a person with Power of Attorney, if you pass away. This is why it is important to ensure that your beneficiary information is always up-to-date.
Changing Your Banking Information
If you are receiving a monthly pension and would like to change your banking information, the quickest and easiest way to do that is by logging in to MyPension and updating.
We also accept a signed direct deposit form that can be printed from your online banking account. You can send in this form using fax, or scan and email it to us.
You may also mail or fax a cheque marked “VOID” to ATRF, or have your bank fax or email the change to us on your behalf. Changes must be received by the 15th of the month to be effective for that month’s payment.
You may also refer to the Change of Direct Deposit Information form at the bottom of the page.
Removing a Pension Partner
Pensions are considered family property and may be shared as the result of a Family Property Order if relationship breakdown occurs. As such, ATRF may require additional information before you can remove a previously named pension partner.
Note that prior to January 1, 2020, Family Property Orders were known as Matrimonial Property Orders and were only available to married couples who were separated or divorced. Common-law couples whose relationship ended on or after January 1, 2020 are eligible to obtain a Family Property Order to divide a member’s benefit entitlement in the plans.
Reporting a Death
It is important that the death of a member and/or pension partner be reported as soon as possible. This will ensure that you and your loved ones will not have to deal with large overpayments that may arise when a death is not reported on a timely basis.
You can report this information by contacting us via email, phone, mail, or fax.