STEELWORKERS PENSION PLAN PRIVACY STATEMENT
At the Steelworker Pension Plan (“SPP” or the “Plan”), we are committed to protecting the privacy of Plan members and safeguarding their personal information. As part of this commitment, we have established this Privacy Statement to govern our actions as they relate to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information regarding SPP members, their spouses and beneficiaries.
SPP defines personal information very broadly and takes the view that all information about an identifiable individual is personal information, except that person’s name.
We invite you to review the 10 principles of our Privacy Statement. Any concerns that you have regarding your personal information with us may be addressed to our Privacy Officer, who is responsible for monitoring and promoting SPP’s compliance with this Privacy Statement.
Principle 1 – Accountability
SPP is responsible for personal information under its control.
The Privacy Officer of SPP is responsible for monitoring and promoting compliance with this Privacy Statement.
We have established policies and procedures to implement the Privacy Statement, including:
- adopting policies and procedures to protect personal information we collect, use and disclose in order to administer the Plan;
- requiring third parties who provide services to SPP to abide by the terms of this Privacy Statement;
- establishing procedures to respond to inquiries and complaints regarding the collection, use or disclosure of personal information by SPP;
- training our staff about the importance of protecting the personal information under their control; and,
- providing information to Plan members about the collection, use or disclosure of personal information by SPP.
Principle 2 – Identifying Purposes
We collect personal information from you, your employer and others that we need to administer the Plan, including to:
- accurately record and validate contributions received from employers;
- credit those contributions to individual Plan members;
- process benefit applications;
- determine benefit entitlements for Plan members and beneficiaries;
- communicate information about SPP;
- understand and analyze your pension needs and develop services to inform you about your entitlements;
- assess the quality of the service we provide; and,
- comply with applicable laws.
Principle 3 – Consent
Participation in SPP is mandatory for all bargaining unit members whose collective agreements require contributions to SPP. The information that you, your employer and others provide in relation to the Plan is collected, used, or disclosed under the authority of the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario), the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the applicable collective agreement. Your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information for the administration of the Plan is implied by your participation in SPP and cannot be withdrawn.
We will obtain your express consent before disclosing your personal information for any purpose other than the administration of the Plan, unless legally required to do so.
Principle 4 – Limiting Collection
We will collect only the personal information we need for the purposes described, and will do so only by fair and legal means.
Examples of the personal information we collect and maintain for use in administering SPP include a Plan member’s wage rate and hours of work, age, contact information, sex, marital or family status, social insurance number, pension income, tax information, work history, date of death and retirement date, as well as information regarding the member’s spouse, former spouse, survivors or beneficiaries.
Principle 5 – Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention
We will use or disclose your personal information only for the purposes described and retain it only for as long as is necessary for the administration of the Plan.
If we wish to use or disclose your personal information for a purpose other than the administration of SPP, we will obtain your express consent first, unless otherwise authorized by law.
We will not sell your personal information to other organizations or individuals.
Principle 6 – Accuracy
We will make every reasonable effort to keep your personal information up-to-date and accurate.
Principle 7 – Safeguarding Your Information
We will protect your personal information with appropriate safeguards and security measures according to its sensitivity.
We will make every reasonable effort to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
Principle 8 – Openness
Information about our privacy policies and practices concerning your personal information is available upon request.
Principle 9 – Individual Access to Information
Upon written request, we will advise you of the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information and provide you with access to your personal information. You may challenge the accuracy and completeness of this information and request to have it amended, as appropriate. We will record your concern if it is not resolved to your satisfaction.
We will respond to your access request within 30 days. There will be no charge for reasonable requests for such access.
Upon written request, we will disclose to you our record of your personal information along with an account of the source of the information, its use by us and its disclosure to third parties
We may be unable to provide access to some or all of your personal information in certain circumstances, including those where the information:
- is unreasonably costly to provide;
- contains references to other individuals;
- cannot be disclosed for legal or security reasons; or,
- is subject to solicitor-client or litigation privilege.
Principle 10 – Inquiries or Complaints
Any inquiry or complaint regarding compliance with our Privacy Statement may be addressed to our Privacy Officer, Guio Jacinto:
Steelworker Pension Plan United Steelworkers
234 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1K7
Attention: Guio Jacinto
We will respond to all inquiries or complaints related to the handling of personal information. If a complaint is found to be justified, we will take appropriate measures. Information about our complaint procedures is available from the SPP Privacy Officer.
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