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Benefits FYI Newsletter

Benefits FYI is our quarterly benefits newsletter for UBC staff and faculty who are enrolled in one of our benefits plans.

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ALAViDA TRAiL substance use management

Substance use is part of many people's lives: 27% of your coworkers reported drinking or using a substance. 66% of them said they would like to reduce or quit. That’s where ALAViDA comes in.

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Extended Health Plan Update - October 2021

UBC is committed to supporting faculty and staff health and wellbeing. As such, we are expanding provisions and introducing new services under the extended health benefit plan. These plan updates ensure continued access to robust services and reimbursements to support you and your dependents. 

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Return to campus: Supporting faculty and staff mental health

Take a look at three of the most important mental health supports available for faculty and staff: our employee and family assistance program, mental health services through our extended health benefits, and the Not Myself Today initiative. 

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Try a free two-minute total wellbeing assessment with LifeWorks 

Do you want a quick way to see how you are doing in key areas of your life such as physical, financial, mental and social health? Take a two-minute assessment with UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider LifeWorks. 

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How to Prepare for a Travel Emergency: COVID-19 edition

With the easing of travel restrictions in many parts of the world and an increase in individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, travel may be an activity that many are (finally!) starting to consider.

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Tuition waivers for UBC employees

Tuition waivers are available to eligible staff and faculty members, and eligible dependents of staff and faculty members. Eligible dependent children of faculty members also have access to tuition waivers.

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Under one plan: opting out of student health plans

If faculty or staff have an eligible dependent child (up to age 25 and who are in full-time attendance in their program) or spouse who are covered under their parent’s (or spouse’s) UBC Extended Health and Dental Care plans, they can provide confirmation of this coverage and may opt out of the UBC Student Health plan or other post-secondary institution’s health plan.  

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UBC’s EFAP provider Morneau Shepell is changing its name to LifeWorks

On July 1, 2021, our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Morneau Shepell, changed its name and rebranded to LifeWorks. This change to LifeWorks is not just a new name, logo, and colour scheme; faculty and staff at UBC now have access to more services.

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