This form will provide you with details regarding the various forms of leave covered under the Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

Health Benefits

Members of Unit 1 are entitled to access health benefits under the terms of the Collective Agreement. Two plans exist: Plan A (The “Top-Up” Plan) and Plan B (The “HCSA Only” Plan).

Plan A consists of comprehensive insurance coverage, in addition to a $300 Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA). The HCSA amount increases to $600 for members with dependents. In order to be eligible for Plan A members must have a contract worth, or have worked, a minimum of 30 hours (this threshold must be achieved by July 31st of each academic year) AND must have enrolled in a “base” plan (such as the GSU, APUS, SCSU, UTSU, or PDF plans). NOTE: In order to be eligible for Plan A, members must remain in both the extended health and dental portions of their base plan. There are no exceptions. 

Members who do not meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above, will have access to Plan B (HCSA only), consisting of a $300 Healthcare Spending Account. The HCSA amount increases to $600 for members with dependents.

For more information about these two plans, please have a look at our Plan FAQ

Health Benefits - Adding Dependents

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 2018: 1 September – 1 October 2018

Winter 2019: 1 January – 30 January 2019

Looking to purchase a 12-month extension of your insurance after graduation? Please visit Student Care.

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! NEWLY updated including changes made in the recent round of bargaining!

Table of Maximum Amounts – GSU/Top-Up Plan 2018/2019 Plan Year. NEWLY updated including changes made in the recent round of bargaining!

NB:  Beginning 1 September 2018, the HCSA for members with a dependent will increase from $500 to $600/year.

HCSA Allowable Expenses – this form, created by Green Shield Canada, lists items/services that may (or may not) be charged to a HCSA, and under what circumstances certain expenses will be covered.

Grand Finale GSBF

The deadline to apply to the Grand Finale G.S.B.F. was on 12 October 2018. The application portal has now closed.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Local’s Secretary-Treasurer, Amy Conwell, at your earliest opportunity.

Rolling Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors Fund (Survivors Fund)

This fund serves as an immediate and individualized form of support for members who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.

Application period: rolling
To apply: visit the Member Portal and select ‘Fund Applications’ under the ‘Forms’ tab.

Trans Fund

This fund serves as an immediate and individualized form of support for members who self-identify as transgender.

Application period: rolling
To apply: visit the Member Portal and select ‘Fund Applications’ under the ‘Forms’ tab.

International Workers Legal Fund (IWLF)

This fund covers eligible legal expenses for members who are experiencing legal troubles related to their visa and/or immigration status that interfere with their ability to perform their Unit 1 work.

Application period: rolling
To apply: visit the Member Portal and select ‘Fund Applications’ under the ‘Forms’ tab.

Fall Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

2017-18 Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)

This fund reduces out-of-pocket tuition payments to a maximum of $3,480 for members who have advanced out of the funded cohort and are now required to pay tuition fees.

Opens: 22 October 2018
Closes: 16 November 2018
To apply: on 22 October 2018, targeted emails were sent to eligible members; members who believe they should have received a targeted email, fill out the 2017-2018 T.A.F. application Form by clicking here.

2017-18 Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF)

This final retrospective round of the G.S.B.F. tops up a member’s total net funding to $17,500 for members in the funded cohort.

Opens: 29 October 2018
Closes:  23 November 2018
To apply: on 29 October, targeted emails were sent to eligible members with disbursement amounts to confirm; members who believe they should have received a targeted email, fill out the Missing Email Form.

2018-19 Top-Up Fund (TUF)

This prospective fund, the successor to the G.S.B.F., tops up the base funding package to $17,750 for members in the funded cohort.

Opens: 3 December 2018
Closes:  25 January 2019
To apply: on 3 December visit the Member Portal and select ‘Fund Applications’ under the ‘Forms’ tab.

Spring Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (CFAF)

This fund supports members who are parents and either incur (1) childcare expenses (expenses related to paying a childcare provider for care of their child(ren) while a parent is at work or school), or (2) primary care expenses (defined as expenses associated with having the member, or a household or family member, provide primary care for one or more of their (step-)children in the eligible age range).

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

International Health Plan Assistance Fund (IHPAF)

This fund is for members who, because of their international status, must pay out-of-pocket for U.H.I.P. expenses for themselves, their spouse, or their dependent child(ren).

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

U of T Family Plan Assistance Fund (UFPAF)

This fund is for members who pay to add their spouse and/or their dependent child(ren) to their U. of T. student or postdoc healthcare base plan.

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

Research Assistants Defence Fund (RADF)

This fund compensates members in divisions 1 and 2 (Humanities and Social Sciences) who are forced to undertake T4 taxable R.A. work in order to receive the minimum guaranteed funding package.

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

2018-19 Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (USAF)

This fund provides tuition relief to unfunded members. Unfunded members are defined as members who receive less in funding than they pay in tuition, and may be undergrads, unfunded or post-funded research or professional masters’, flex-time Ph.Ds. and D.M.As.

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

2018-19 Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)

This fund provides tuition rebates to post-funded members in research stream doctoral programs to reduce out-of-pocket tuition payments to a maximum of $2,800 per year. 

Opens: 1 May 2019
Closes:  31 May 2019
To apply: on 1 May 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

Summer Financial Assistance Funds

Special Circumstances Round: 2018-19 Top-up Fund

This prospective fund, the successor to the G.S.B.F., tops up the base funding package to $17,750 for members in the funded cohort. 

Opens: 1 July 2019
Closes:  31 July 2019
To apply: on 1 July 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

Special Circumstances Round: 2018-19 Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)

This fund provides tuition rebates to post-funded members in research stream doctoral programs to reduce out-of-pocket tuition payments to a maximum of $2,800 per year.

Opens: 1 July 2019
Closes:  31 July 2019
To apply: on 1 July 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal

 Special Circumstances Round: 2018-19 Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (USAF)

This fund provides tuition relief to unfunded members. Unfunded members are defined as members who receive less in funding than they pay in tuition, and may be undergrads, unfunded or post-funded research or professional masters’, flex-time Ph.D.s and D.M.A.s.

Opens: 1 July 2019
Closes:  31 July 2019
To apply: on 1 July 2019, an application will be available through the Member Portal