To view a document or more information on a topic, simply click on the appropriate heading. Should a link be broken, please contact the Union office.

Leave under the Collective Agreement

Click on the above link for a brief overview of the leave provisions contained within the Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Unit 1 Funds and Health Benefits Guide

This brochure will give you a break down of the various funds Unit 1 members may apply to, as well as important information regarding your health benefits.

Health Benefits – More Details

NOTE: To opt-in your dependents to your primary plan (in order for them to have access to the Top-up Plan), you must opt them in annually, at the beginning of the term you are first registered in.   For graduate students, visit Student Care to opt-in online during the periods below.  Members with primary coverage from APUS, SCSU, and UTSU should refer to their respective website for similar deadlines.

Fall 2016: September 1 – September 30, 2016

Winter 2017: January 1 – January 30, 2017

Looking to purchase a 12-month extension of your insurance after graduation? Please visit this link

Health Benefits – Important Forms and Websites

Unit 1 Health Benefits – University of Toronto’s webpage

Top-Up Plan Pamphlet – access this pamphlet for more details on your top-up plan

Top-Up Plan FAQ – have a question about your top-up plan? Check here first for an answer!

Table of Maximum Amounts – GSU/Top-Up Plan 2016/2017 Plan Year

NB:  The Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA) for those with a spouse and/or children enrolled in their base plan will increase from $400 to $500 per year effective September 1, 2016.

Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)

The University has now contacted all members it believes are eligible for the 2015-16 Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF). Therefore, if you meet the eligibility requirements (listed below), you should have received an email from the University on 23 September 2016 entitled “CUPE Local 3902, Unit 1 – Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)” to your UofT email account letting you know how much you’re receiving. Think you were entitled to more funding than what the university told you? Click below to find more information on how to proceed.

TAF Info

Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF)

The Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) tops up funding for each academic year to $17,000 + tuition and fees for anyone who had Unit 1 work (TA, CI, CPO, etc.) during that year. Because many departments/faculties have raised their minimum funding packages, we are now able to increase the level that the fund is topping up members’ funding to somewhere between $17,000 and $17,500 + tuition and fees. The exact amount for each year will be determined in January 2017, once we have received and processed all the forms for both years.

2014-15 academic year: Most claims forms are now closed.  If you have received an email with an extended deadline due to delays on our end, please follow the instructions in that email.  We anticipate that cheques will be mailed at the end of January.

2015-16 academic year: Most claims forms are now closed.  If you have received an email with an extended deadline due to delays on our end, please follow the instructions in that email.  We anticipate that cheques will be mailed at the end of January.

If you have any questions about the GSBF, please see the FAQ here. The FAQ will be continuously updated as we receive more questions.

Summer Financial Assistance Funds 2017

Applications for the International Health Plan Assistance Fund (IHPAF), the UofT Family Plan Assistance Fund (UFPAF), the Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (CFAF), the Unfunded Students Assistance Fund (USAF) and the Research Assistants Defense Fund (RADF) are now being accepted.

Please see the FAQ for:

  • The up-to-date eligibility criteria for all three funds;
  • Links to the application forms; and
  • Answers to questions you might have about the funds.

The deadline for applications to all five funds (IHPAF, UFPAF, CFAF, USAF, and RADF) is 31 May 2017 at 11:59PM EST. The forms will close automatically at this time and applications will not be accepted after this deadline for any reason.  More information about the funds can be found here.

**Note** All PhD students in years 7+ are now eligible to apply to the USAF, as the result of a motion passed at a Unit 1 meeting in January.

There is an online quiz to help members determine which funds they may be eligible for. Throughout the quiz, it will tell you what funds you may be eligible for. At the end of the quiz, there is a link to a form to give us feedback about the quiz. Please note that this quiz may not capture every possible eligibility, so please do not use the quiz as a substitute for reading about the funds themselves!