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Faculty & postdoctoral fellows (employees and award recipients): Benefit Eligibility, Start Dates and Cost

The benefits you are eligible for and when they come into effect may depend on the length and type of your faculty appointment, whether you meet minimum salary requirements, and your age on your date of hire.

In addition to Extended health benefits, Dental plan, Life insurance, Disability plan, and Pension plan, you may also be eligible for the following benefits and entitlements:

You do not need to enrol in the above benefits. You apply for them when you want to use them.

For all other benefits, you will receive a benefits task in your Workday inbox to enrol. Once you receive this task, please ensure that that you enrol in the benefit plan.

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Faculty & Postdoctoral Fellow Benefit Packages 

Click on the Faculty Benefit Package that applies to you to learn more about your benefits.

The normal eligibility requirements for full benefits are:

  1. An appointment of at least one year in length (for Sessional Lecturers only, an appointment of at least four months in length).
  2. A minimum 50% appointment.
  3. Meeting the minimum salary requirements for that position.
  4. Being hired before your normal retirement date (NRD), which is either June 30 or December 31 on the same date or following the date you turn 65.


  • Sessional Lecturers: Your appointment must be at least four months in length. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for pension and benefits (appointment under 50%, regardless of length or less than four months, regardless of % FTE), you are eligible for a modified benefit package.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Award Recipients: If you receive your funding directly from a source external to UBC (rather than being paid through UBC), you must also provide proof of this award and your earnings to your Supervisor and have a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number.
  • Assistant Deans/Associate Deans in the Faculty of Medicine: If you are an employee of the university (and not a contractor) with an unpaid clinical faculty appointment, you are eligible for benefits if you meet all other criteria described above.
  • Hourly paid faculty appointments: If your faculty appointment is hourly paid, you are eligible for statutory benefits only.

1. Tenure & Confirmation stream (including grant) appointment

2. Lecturer; Term appointments: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, librarian, program director

3. Sessional lecturer

4. Research associate; Clinical faculty (all Faculties); Associate/assistant deans (Faculty of Medicine only)

5. Clinical fellow; Postdoctoral research or teaching fellow; Postdoctoral fellow award recipient receiving earnings through UBC

6. Postdoctoral fellow award recipient receiving funding from a source external to UBC

7. Visiting faculty; Adjunct professor

You are part of this group if you are a clinical fellow, clinical faculty, research associate, postdoctoral research and teaching fellow or assistant/associate dean and you do not meet the benefits criteria described above and/or hired at age 71 or over. You are also part of this group is you are a visiting faculty member, or an adjunct professor with salary.

Those who are assigned this package and are receiving salary (as opposed to a fellowship) receive statutory benefits only. These include:

  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • statutory leaves

Those who are assigned this package and are receiving a fellowship (as opposed to salary) receive Workers Compensation and are eligible for statutory leaves. However, they are not eligible for Employment Insurance or Canada Pension Plan benefits.


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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