How the plan decides where to invest

Investing for such a large plan is complex. Policies help the Teachers' Pension Board of Trustees decide how and where to invest.

Investment beliefs

The board follows a set of investment beliefs as a guide for making investment decisions. These beliefs help the board define the plan’s approach to investing to make your pension a secure and valuable part of your future.

Investment beliefs also help the board make practical decisions about responsibilities such as:

  • Monitoring British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) as the fund’s investment manager
  • Allocating assets
  • Setting goals for investment performance

Each investment belief is backed by supporting principles.

The investment beliefs fall into four categories:

graphic of four categories of investment beliefs


  • Good governance helps the plan provide BC teachers with reliable retirement income

Risk management

  • The board must take and effectively manage risk to achieve the plan’s long-term goals
  • Focusing on long-term investment results gives the plan a competitive advantage

Environmental, social and governance/Climate change

  • Investments perform better over the long term and have less risk when the board considers environmental, social and governance matters
  • Climate change is a complex issue that will have a significant long-term impact

Portfolio management

  • BCI chooses between active and passive management strategies based on what it expects to bring higher returns
  • Costs must be effectively managed
  • The board must understand the plan’s liabilities to set the investment strategy
  • No one investment style, region or capitalization (company size) will always produce higher returns, and it isn’t possible to predict which will perform better over a given period

See the Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures for a complete list of investment beliefs and supporting principles.

Related document for investments

Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures

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