Professional Development Fund updates for staff and research associates

Professional Development (PD) Funds are available to several employee groups to support learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.

M&P staff PD Fund individual maximum increased to $750

For the 2022/23 funding year, the individual funding maximum for Management & Professional staff (AAPS) has increased from $550 to $750. This $200 individual increase is possible due to cumulative funding increases made to the overall budget during the 2019-2022 UBC - AAPS Agreement period to support the increased use of PD Funds.

Claim submission timeframe increased to 90 days

For staff and Research Associates, excluding BCGEU Okanagan, we have extended the claim submission timeframe from 60 to 90 days. As of April 1, receipts for PD expenses may be submitted in Workday within 90 days of the original purchase date to qualify for reimbursement.

New funding year begins April 1, 2022 

As of April 1, PD Funds for staff and Research Associates in the following employee groups will become available for the new funding year. There are no changes to the established individual funding maximums with the exception of Management & Professional.

  • CUPE 116: $1,000
  • CUPE 2950: $1,400
  • Executive Administrative: $1,500
  • IUOE 115: $1,000
  • Management & Professional (AAPS): $750 (increase from $550)
  • Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants: $1,000
  • Research Associates: $1,000
  • Service Unit Directors and Excluded M&P: $1,500
  • BCGEU Okanagan: $1500 Regular; $750 Auxiliary (upon completion of probationary period)

The limits noted above are prorated in some cases. Staff can confirm personal eligibility and available funding amounts online through Workday under the Expenses App -> View-> Reimbursable Allowance Plan Activity. 


For questions about these updates, please contact

For questions specific to the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund, please contact


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