Due to ongoing work to transition to Workday Student, faculty and staff will be unable to submit a Tuition Waiver for 2024 summer credit courses after July 31, 2024. Learn more

Benefit plan details

This section includes detailed information about the many benefits that are available to you as a member of UBC’s faculty and staff.

Extended Health

Read about your coverage for prescription drugs, vision care, paramedical services (such as seeing a registered psychologist, massage therapist and other health-care providers), out-of-province medical care, and medical equipment and supplies.


Learn about your coverage for basic, preventive and major procedures, and the requirement for preauthorization for all orthodontic work and any dental services over $500.

Health Spending Account

Members of Faculty, CUPE 116, CUPE 2950, IUOE 115, Management & Professional, BCGEU Vancouver (Child Care), and BCGEU Okanagan employee groups can access a yearly credit for medical expenses not covered by Extended Health or Dental.

Personal Spending Account

Effective Jan.1, 2024, eligible CUPE 2950 and M&P employees will have access to this credit for a wide range of expenses, including fitness, education and personal development purchases.

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)

All BC residents must enroll. Learn more about enrolling in MSP, including details for those employees moving to BC from out of the province or from outside Canada.

Life Insurance

Learn about mandatory Basic Life Insurance, which will pay a sum of money to your designated beneficiary if you die, as well as Optional Life Insurance and Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance that you can purchase for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children.

Long-Term Disability Plan

If you are unable to work due to an extended illness or injury, you may be eligible for long-term disability under UBC’s Income Replacement Plan/Disability Benefits Plan.

Vacation & Leaves

Learn about your vacation entitlement, as well as the many different paid and unpaid leaves you can take. This includes sick, maternity, parental and adoption leaves.

Benefits While Travelling

Your Extended Health Plan will cover many of your out-of-province emergency and non-emergency medical expenses. It’s a good idea to learn more about your coverage before you leave for a vacation or work-related trip.

Tuition Waiver

Learn about Tuition Waivers that can be used to cover the fees of eligible UBC courses.

Retirement & Survivor Benefits

When you leave your employment at UBC, you may be eligible for our Retirement & Survivor Benefit (RSB) Program, which offers coverage for Extended Health, Dental and the Employee and Family Assistance Program. If you die, your eligible dependent(s) can also enrol in this Program.

Faculty and Staff Pensions

UBC is committed to helping eligible faculty and staff create financial security in retirement. Learn more about the Faculty and Staff Pension Plans.

Extended Health & Dental Provider: Sun Life

Phone: 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212
Web: mysunlife.ca

Active Plan Group Number: 025205
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number

Retirement & Survivor Benefits Plan Group Number: 020605
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number

Need crisis counselling?

Call the TELUS Health at 1-866-424-0770 to chat with a counsellor.


The benefits information on this website is provided as a descriptive summary only. While the University has endeavored to accurately reflect its benefit programs, policies and plans, the information on this website does not create any contractual or other rights between the University and its faculty and staff members. To the extent that there are any conflicts or discrepancies between the benefits information on this website and the benefit plan documents (including group insurance contracts and benefit booklets) or any applicable collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy, the benefit plan documents and collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy will govern in all cases.

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