Industrial Alliance launches its online retirement planning learning module for group pension plan members

QUEBEC CITY, March 10, 2006 – Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. has just launched its new retirement planning tool, Your Virtual Guide, a learning module for group retirement plan members. In just a few simple steps, Your Virtual Guide allows plan members to evaluate their retirement needs, establish objectives, select the type of investments that correspond to their investor profile and, where applicable, enrol in the plan.

“In an environment where few set aside sufficient time needed to plan for their retirement, Your Virtual Guide constitutes a user-friendly, awareness-building tool that is complete and accessible to plan members at all times,” stated Lucie Lachance, Director, Actuarial Services and Marketing, Group Pensions, Industrial Alliance. “The many resources that are at the disposal of plan members in Your Virtual Guide remind them of the importance of proper and timely planning in order to realize their retirement dreams.”

In terms of information, Your Virtual Guide explains to plan members the
importance of personal retirement savings and the advantages of group retirement savings plans. It also provides plan members with advice on how to optimize their retirement savings strategy. Housed in a secure web-site designed specifically for plan members, Your Virtual Guide also contains decision-making tools (such as the Retirement Planner and the Your Investor Profile questionnaire) that can be used by plan members in total confidence. These cutting-edge tools form part of a concrete approach that will allow plan members to plan a retirement that is in line with their expectations.

The new learning module is a clear indication of Industrial Alliance’s constant commitment to offer both accessible and innovative services that provide plan members with assistance in their retirement planning.

About Industrial Alliance

Founded in 1892, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. is a life and health insurance company that offers a wide range of life and health insurance products, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, mutual and segregated funds, securities, auto and home insurance, mortgage loans and other financial products and services. Through its specialized team of group pension advisors, the Industrial Alliance Group Pensions sector offers numerous investment possibilities, including retirement savings plans, annuity products, actuarial services and an ever-growing number of investment funds.

The fifth largest life and health insurance company in Canada, Industrial Alliance is at the head of a large financial group, the Industrial Alliance Group, which has operations in all regions of the country. Industrial Alliance insures over 2 million Canadians, employs more than 2,700 people and manages and administers over $38 billion in assets. Industrial Alliance is among the 100 largest public companies in Canada.