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 2019: 1 September – 30 September 2019

Winter 2020: 1 January – 31 January 2020

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 2019/2020 Plan Year. 

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. Members are able to claim their health and dental premiums through their HSCA account. Check out this handy guide for details on how to do so!

Financial Assistance Funds

November 1 - 30, 2020

TOP-UP FUND (TUF, round 1)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021)
  • Purpose: increase funding for graduate-student members in research-stream programs (aka “the funded cohort”, as defined by SGS) to $19,000, at a minimum, in the 2020-21 academic year. Depending on the number of applicants and their overall need, we may be able to raise this threshold. Please apply if your funding is less than $20,500.

january 1 - 31, 2021

Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (CFAF, Special Round)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work between May 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
  • Purpose: offset childcare expenses for members’ child(ren) under the page of 16, and offset primary care expenses for members’ child(ren) below the age of 4. This special round covers childcare expenses incurred between May 1 – August 31, 2020.

February 1 - 28, 2021

International Health Plan Assistance Fund (IHPAF)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021)
  • Purpose: reimburse members in full for out-of-pocket payments made to purchase UHIP for themselves or their dependent spouses. 
U of T Family Plan Assistance Fund (UFPAF)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: reimburse members in part for out-of-pocket payments made to add their immediate familites to their health care base plan (for example, the GSU plan).

May 1 - 31, 2021

Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF, round 1)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: decrease out-of-pocket payments for post-funded PhDs (that is, for PhDs previously in the funded cohort, as defined by SGS) to $2,800, at most, in the 2020-21 academic year. Depending on the number of applicants and their overall need, we may be able to provide more support than this. Please apply if you paid any amount of tuition out-of-pocket.

july 1 - 31, 2021

Research Assistants Defence Fund (RADF, Round 2)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: protect funding package for PhDs and MAs in the funded cohort (as defined by SGS)  in Divisions 1 and 2 (Humanities and Social Sciences) to ensure that no one works for more than $8,200 of their funding package.
Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (USAF)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: decrease out-of-pocket tuition expenses for members who were never in the funded cohort (as defined by SGS, for example, undergraduates, flex-time PhDs, professional masters). The amount of support we can provide depends on the number of applicants and their overall need. Please apply if you paid any amount of tuition out-of-pocket. 
TOP-UP FUND (TUF, round 2)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: increase funding for graduate-student members in research-stream programs (aka “the funded cohort”, as defined by SGS) to $19,000, at a minimum, in the 2020-21 academic year. Depending on the number of applicants and their overall need, we may be able to raise this threshold. Please apply if your funding is less than $20,500.
  • Please ONLY apply in this round if you missed the previous deadline or had a special circumstance that prevented you from applying in the prior round (for example, if you didn’t get Unit 1 work until after the round 1 application deadline).
Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF, round 2)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 academic year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).
  • Purpose: decrease out-of-pocket payments for post-funded PhDs (that is, for PhDs previously in the funded cohort, as defined by SGS) to $2,800, at most, in the 2020-21 academic year. Depending on the number of applicants and their overall need, we may be able to provide more support than this. Please apply if you paid any amount of tuition out-of-pocket.
  • Please ONLY apply in this round if you missed the previous deadline or had a special circumstance that prevented you from applying in the prior round (for example, if you didn’t get Unit 1 work until after the round 1 application deadline)

September 1 - 30, 2021

Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (CFAF, Special Round)
  • Eligibility: 30 hours of work between May 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
  • Purpose: offset childcare expenses for members’ child(ren) under the page of 16, and offset primary care expenses for members’ child(ren) below the age of 4. Starting this round, the eligibility period for childcare expenses will be September 1 – August 31 (that is, the academic year). 

Rolling: May 1-April 30

Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors Fund (SF)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 fund year (between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021).
  • Purpose: support survivors. Please apply if you need support of any kind related to your experience as a member of this group.
Trans Fund (TF)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 fund year (between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021).
  • Purpose: support trans members. Please apply if you need support of any kind related to your experience as a member of this group.
International Workers Legal Fund (IWLF)
  • Eligibility: one hour of work in 2020-21 fund year (between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021).
  • Purpose: support international members facing legal difficulties. Please apply if you need support of any kind related to your experience as a member of this group.
 

How to Access Application Forms

During application periods, forms will be available online and accessible through the Member Portal. To find application forms, scroll up to the top right of the Union’s website.

If, during applicatino periods, you do not see application forms on the Member Portal (under ‘Forms’), then you likely need to fill out a Membership Application Form (also found under the ‘Forms’ tab). When your membership application is processed, application forms for funds you may be eligible for will be accessible through the portal. PLEASE NOTE: processing of membership applications can take up to four (4) business days.