Resources & Related Sites

Preparing for retirement/Things you should know as a new retiree

The University of Waterloo Retirees Association (UWRA) has compiled a list of websites to assist UW employees in preparing for retirement and information that may be of interest to retirees.  This list will be updated with new information as available.

1. University of Waterloo Retirees Association (UWRA)

Benefits of Membership

  • Email updates from the UWRA President and the UWRA Board on UW notices and events of interest to retirees
  • Email notices of UWRA-sponsored social and recreational events
  • A way to keep in touch with the university and with former colleagues
  • Opportunities to make new friends and acquaintances
  • A voice in ongoing discussions about pension and health benefits through our seat on the University Pensions and Benefits Committee and the opportunity to make your views known through our representative
  • A voice on the Honorary Members of the University Committee to solicit nominations and make recommendations to the UW Senate
  • Information about the UW Faculty, Staff and Retirees Giving program and about retiree-funded UWRA bursaries and scholarships to University of Waterloo students
  • WATtimes, the official newsletter for UW retirees
  • A variety of social activities throughout the year such as a fall reception and spring and fall luncheons that include talks by individuals who always inform and entertain
  • Discounts with UWRA Partners

UWRA Communications

2. Other Retiree Associations:

3. Income 

4. Income Tax 

University of Waterloo

Retiree Resources, Benefits and Privileges

Privileges for UW Retirees 

  • Parking Privileges
  • PAC UW Retirees can join the PAC for the usual fee.
  • Library privileges do not change at retirement. 
  • Email

WatCard for Retirees

  • Retirees can apply for their personal WatCard identifying them as "Retiree".
  • The WatCard service counter is located within The Centre, in Needles Hall (NH).
    Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. excluding university holidays. WatCard contact us page offers additional ways to reach them if you can't make in person.
  • Application information is available for non-student members of the University community.

The Honorary Member of the University

The Honorary Member of the University designation recognizes employees for outstanding service to the University as a whole. It is the highest honour a staff member can attain at the University of Waterloo. For faculty members, it recognizes distinctive administrative or other service to the University (as distinguished from Distinguished Professor Emeritus, which recognizes academic excellence). For more information please got to the following web page.


6. Government of Canada

7. Ontario Government

8. Region of Waterloo

9. Housing

  • Assisted Living Directory
  • Comfort Life has a data base of retirement homes across Canada.
  • Long-Term Care Homes
    -For an overview of long-term care in Ontario and how to apply.
  • The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care provide a database of long-term care homes that is searchable by map, postal code, location, or name.  The site provides detailed information about long-term care homes, including complete contact information and inspection reports.
  • Concerned Friends s a registered charity dedicated to advancing the health and well-being and enriching the experiences of persons living in long-term care homes across Ontario.  The organization's website provides a comprehensive checklist for choosing a long-term care home information about residents' rights, summaries of inspection reports, and links to various organizations serving seniors.

10. Wellness, Aging and Research

11. Insurance: Health and Dental Insurance (Non-governmental)

12. Mental Wellness


13. Learning Opportunities

14. Fitness

15. Travel

16. Hobbies & Entertainment

17. Discounts

The Volunteer Action Centre Interested in volunteering your time and skills to a charity or not-for-profit organization in the Waterloo region? The Centre receives information about needs from over 160 local voluntary sector organizations. The website is organized to help you match your skills and interests with the available positions.