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.

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 2018: September 1 – October 1, 2018

Winter 2019: January 1 – January 30, 2019

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! 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 September 1, 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 G.S.B.F.

The deadline to apply to the Grand Finale G.S.B.F. was on October 12, 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: fill out this form: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/k1dc7ak50ot4q98/

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: fill out this form: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/k1sbrkgi0yk56jn/

International Workers Legal Fund (I.W.L.F.)

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: fill out this form: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/k1dxt43m1hxg9h1/

Fall Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

2017-18 Tuition Assistance Fund (T.A.F.)

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: October 22nd, 2018
Closes:  November 16th, 2018
To apply: on October 22nd, 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 (G.S.B.F.)

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: October 29th, 2018
Closes:  November 23rd, 2018
To apply: on October 29th, 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 by clicking here.

Top-Up Fund (T.U.F.)

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: November 26th, 2018
Closes:  December 21st, 2018
To apply: on November 26th, fill out the application form, a link to which will be posted here.

Spring Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (C.F.A.F.)

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

International Health Plan Assistance Fund (I.H.P.A.F.)

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

U. of T. Family Plan Assistance Fund (U.F.P.A.F.)

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

Research Assistants Defence Fund (R.A.D.F.)

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

2018-19 Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (U.S.A.F.)

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

2018-19 Tuition Assistance Fund (T.A.F.)

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

Summer Financial Assistance Funds 2018-19

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

Special Circumstances Round: 2018-19 Tuition Assistance Fund (T.A.F.)

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

 Special Circumstances Round: 2018-19 Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (U.S.A.F.)

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