Health and Dental Benefits

All post-docs have access to a health and dental benefits plan through Greenshield Canada. You must enroll with Greenshield Insurance as soon as you start at U of T. Plans are prepaid by one month, so your coverage will come into effect the month after you begin your contract.

Unit 5 Benefits Booklet

Looking for more information? Click here to see an overview of practical information provided to post-docs at U of T.

Leave Under the Collective Agreement

Post-docs, who are members of Unit 5, have access to the following types of leave:

Pregnancy Leave Up to 17 weeks
Parental Leave Up to 35 weeks (37 for non-birth parent)
Sick Leave 5 days per contract year
Bereavement Leave 3 consecutive days (5 days if extensive travel required) per contract year
Compassionate Leave One week per contract year
Jury Duty Leave 1 week
Holidays Statutory holidays and Presidential Days
Vacation 3 weeks per contract year


For more information about each type of leave, please visit this page or view the relevant pages from the Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

Other Benefits

Post-doctoral fellows also have access to a number of other services and benefits at the University, including access to the Employee Family Assistance Plan (EFAP). To learn more about these other benefits, click here.