Benefits

Unit 1 (GTAs, UTAs, GSA-1s)

Yearly Individual Maximum (per claimant): $300 for vision, and $300, at 50% co-pay, for mental health care (excluding prescription drugs).
Benefit Year: September to August (academic year)
Eligible Expenses:
Members of Unit 1 are eligible to claim vision care expenses only up to $300 per academic year (September to August) for themselves, their spouses or partners, and their dependants. Each individual claimant (member, spouse or partner, dependant) is able to claim the Yearly Individual Maximum (above). In order for you to be eligible for these benefits you must first submit a claim to your primary coverage provider (either the Graduate Students’ Association [GSA] or the Central Student Association [CSA]). You can do this by visiting their joint benefits office on the first floor of the University Centre outside The Daily Grind. If you have opted out of coverage with the GSA or CSA then you must first submit these expenses to your own primary coverage provider before submitting them to CUPE Local 3913. For more information about the types of vision care expenses that are covered, please refer to the Income Tax Act under section 118.2(2)(j).
Members of Unit 1 are also eligible to claim mental health care expenses (excluding prescription drugs), which will be reimbursed at 50% up to a maximum of $300. For a partial list of mental health resources available both on campus and off,

Unit 2 (Sessional Lecturers)

Yearly Individual Maximum (per claimant): $1000, plus $200 for prescription drugs only
Benefit Year: September to August (academic year)
Eligible Expenses:
Members of Unit 2 are eligible to claim any expenses under the Income Tax Act 118.2(2) up to $1000 per academic year (September to August) for themselves, their spouses or partners, and their dependants. Each individual claimant (member, spouse or partner, dependant) is able to claim the Yearly Individual Maximum (above). In order for you to be eligible for these benefits you must first submit a claim to your primary coverage provider.

Unit 2 members are also eligible to claim, after they have exhausted their $1000 maximum, up to $200 for prescription drugs, out of a $25,000 pool designated for that purpose (when the total claims for supplementary prescription drugs reaches $25,000, no other supplementary claims will be reimbursed).

If you are a graduate student your primary coverage provider may be the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). You can submit a claim to the GSA by visiting their joint benefits office on the first floor of the University Centre outside The Daily Grind. If you have opted out of coverage with the GSA then you must first submit these expenses to your own primary coverage provider before submitting them here. For more information about the types of expenses that are covered, please refer to the Income Tax Act under section 118.2(2). The most commonly claimed eligible expenses are dental, prescription drugs, vision care, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic.

**Please be advised that if you are a member of Unit 1 and Unit 2, you are eligible to claim a maximum of $1000 per claimant.