BENEFITS, LEAVES, & VACATION
This section includes detailed information about the many benefits that are available to you as a UBC staff member.to view all the different types of benefits available.
To learn about the benefits you are eligible for, when your coverage becomes effective and the cost of these benefits, please click here.
Depending on your employee group, you may be eligible for the following benefits and services:
BC MEDICAL SERVICE PLAN (MSP)
The Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the BC provincial government’s medical insurance plan and is administered by Health Insurance BC.
Learn about your coverage for basic, preventative and major procedures, and the requirement for preauthorization for all orthodontic work and any dental services.
Review your coverage for prescription drugs, vision care, paramedical services, and other health care services.
HEALTH SPENDING ACCOUNT
The HSA benefit is available to employees who are members of the CUPE 116, CUPE 2950, IUOE 115, Management & Professional, BCGEU Child Care, Non-Union Child Care and Faculty (includes Academic Executives and Postdoctoral Fellows) employee groups who are also enrolled in the UBC Extended Health Plan.
As an employee of UBC you and your dependent family members may be eligible to take many UBC courses without paying some or all of the tuition fee.
EMPLOYEE & FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary counselling support service that provides you and your family with the help you need to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues.
Learn about the basic life insurance as well as the optional life insurance program.
LONG-TERM DISABILITY PLAN
If you are unable to work due to an extended illness or injury, you may be eligible for long-term disability under the Disability Benefit Plan for staff employees.
BENEFITS WHILE TRAVELLING
Your extended health plan will cover many of your out-of-province emergency and non-emergency medical expenses.
RETIREMENT AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS
The Retirement and Survivor Benefits (RSB) Program is for former UBC faculty and staff who have retired or who left UBC at age 55 or older.
UBC is committed to helping eligible staff create financial security in retirement.
VACATION AND LEAVES
UBC offers many different types of paid and unpaid leaves – from time off for professional development to a leave to look after a critically or terminally ill family member. Click here to view all the different types of leaves that are available to you. Please note, your annual vacation entitlement is determined by your continuous service date, which can be different from your hire date.
ANNUAL VACATION ENTITLEMENT
Your vacation entitlement depends on your UBC employee group and starts from your date of hire. If you are a part-time employee, your vacation is pro-rated based on the number of hours you work (for example, if you work 50% time, you are eligible for half the vacation entitlement). Click here for a detailed breakdown of your entitlement based on your employee group.
Eligibility for Christmas leave depends on your employee group. Click here for further information.
BENEFITS COVERAGE WHILE ON LEAVE
Depending on your UBC employee group and the type of leave, your UBC benefits might be affected. On some leaves, you continue to receive your UBC benefits, while for other leaves, you will need to pay both your cost and UBC’s cost to maintain your benefits. See Benefits Coverage while on a Leave for more information.