The Act states that a teacher shall be retired "when he or she is suffering from a physical or mental impairment that prevents the teacher from performing the duties of the employment in which he or she was engaged before the commencement of the impairment, provided that the impairment is medically certified as likely to be permanent."
Provided you have accumulated not less than five years of pensionable service, you will receive a pension calculated on the basis of your total pensionable service.
If you have not accumulated five years of pensionable service, then you are entitled to receive a refund of your contributions in accordance with the Teachers' Pensions Act.
You must apply directly to the TPPC, include an assessment by your attending physician and complete a form consenting to the release of medical information. This will allow the medical consultants retained by the TPPC to contact your physician(s) and make a decision regarding your eligibility for benefits. Please be assured that all consultations are performed on a strictly confidential basis.
When applying for disability pension you must advise the school board at the time the application is made. Of particular note, this is not a resignation but a required advisory under the collective agreement.