Achievements of the Administrative Staff Retirees Association (ASRA) of uOttawa

With the support of more than 350 retirees who are members of ASRA, we have obtained :

  • An increase of the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) for retirees, from $96 (since 2002) to $189 in 2019, $300 in 2020, and $350 in 2024 (applies to those who retired after April 30, 2002).
  • Access to the HCSA for retirees with less than 10 years of service provided they retired after December 31, 2018.
  • Pension increases in January 2019 for retirees who lost indexations in previous years.
  • The participation of a second retired administrative staff member on the Pension Committee since September 2018.
  • Voting rights on the Pension Committee for retired administrative staff (obtained in 2009).
  • On-campus parking privileges for University retirees, including free outdoor parking on Saturdays,
    Sundays and statutory holidays (free permit required every two years).
  • An analysis of some of the best providers of health, dental and travel insurance done in 2018 by
    Human Resources (see recommendations on the website).
  • Health conferences organized by Human Resources and presented by Mercer in 2016 and 2017, and others to come.
  • Free tuition for retirees, with no age limit for themselves, since 2006.
  • A 25% discount on non-credit courses at the University's Professional Development Institute.
  • Eligibility of retirees for discounts negotiated by the University’s Alumni Association at selected
    suppliers. See
  • The creation of a scholarship fund that allows ASRA to award a scholarship to deserving students
    each year, thanks to the generosity of both active and retired administrative staff.
  • The organization of numerous social events, meals and conferences, every year since 1997, providing
    retirees the opportunity to socialize with former colleagues.
  • A website to inform retired administrative staff of the University on the following topics:
    • News of interest to retirees
    • The names of employees who retire each month and the names of deceased retirees
    • The list of cultural and social activities organized for retirees
    • Benefits for retired administrative staff of the University
  • Sending invitations, information e-mails and newsletters to any retiree who agrees to provide their
    e-mail contact information to the ASRA.