Life events and your benefits

We’re here to connect you to programs and support that can help you navigate the transitions of your life and career, from getting married and welcoming a new baby to retiring or dealing with the death of a loved one.

Remember, as a UBC employee, you have access to UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program, which provides you and your family with the help you need to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues. Expert information and immediate support resources are available in-person and by phone, web or mobile app.

Moving to British Columbia

Learn what you need to do to ensure you have medical coverage for you and your family if you’re moving to BC.

Separation and divorce

If your marriage or common law relationship ends, you may need to make some changes to your benefit coverage.

Having a child - birth or adoption

Find support with expenses related to surrogacy, adoption and fertility, as well as applying for a maternity, parental or adoption leave, and your benefit coverage when you’re on leave.

Dependent children aged 19-25

Once your child turns 19, they are still eligible for coverage under your benefit plan if they are enrolled in post-secondary education or are disabled.

Illness and injury

Learn about short-term sick leave and, if your illness or injury is preventing you from working for a significant period of time, how to apply for long-term disability leave. Our Remain at Work/Return to Work Program is also a good resource for information and services.

Death and terminal illness

There are many details to take care of when facing critical illness and death. Learn about the programs and supports that can help you through this time, as well as steps you will need to take if a family member has died or if you are the family member of a UBC employee who has died.

Working past age 65

If you decide to continue working at UBC after you turn 65, you will need to make some decisions regarding your pension and benefits.


Find the answers to your most common questions about retiring – including options for your benefit coverage after retiring and converting your life insurance to an individual policy.

Leaving UBC

If you are leaving your job at UBC, your benefit coverage through UBC will end and you will need to make important decisions about your pension options if you are a member of the staff or faculty pension plan.

Extended Health & Dental Provider: Sun Life

Phone: 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212

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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