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

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

Who is eligible to apply to the fund?

For the May 2019 round of the I.H.P.A.F., anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You have secured at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. (b) You are an international member who paid U.H.I.P. fees out of pocket for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent child(ren) in the 2018-19 academic year.

What is an eligible expense?

U.H.I.P. fees for eligible members’ spouses and/or their dependent child(ren) are always eligible. U.H.I.P. fees for members themselves are only eligible if paid for out of pocket, that is, not covered by a funding package. All students in the funded cohort have their U.H.I.P. fees covered by the funding package with two exceptions: (1) Funding does not cover U.H.I.P. fees for those students in the funded cohort who are paying domestic tuition but are still on U.H.I.P; (2) Major external awards that replace funding packages do not take U.H.I.P. into account. Members in such situations are eligible to claim their own U.H.I.P. premiums.

How much money will I get?

The I.H.P.A.F. has been allocated $120,000 per year. The fund reimburses eligible U.H.I.P. fees in full. In 2017-18, a full year of U.H.I.P. coverage cost $612 per person. If there are monies left over after the fund has reimbursed all eligible claims, the remainder of the monies will be reallocated to the U.S.A.F. for that year.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open between May 1 and May 31, 2019. Disbursements will follow in the Summer semester.

How do I apply?

When the application opens on May 1, 2019, the form will be available online and accessible through the Union’s website. To find the application, login to the Member Portal (found by scrolling up to the top right of this page).

A complete application for the I.H.P.A.F. will include: (a) a membership card, (b) the 2018-19 I.H.P.A.F. Application Form, and (c) supporting documentation—a receipt showing you paid U.H.I.P. fees out of pocket in the 2018-19 academic year.

You will receive an immediate confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.


If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a CUPE No., found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), you will be directed to fill out a Membership Application Form (also found on the ‘Forms’ tab). When your membership application is processed, the 2018-19 I.H.P.A.F. Application Form will be accessible through the portal. PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days. Failure to fill out a membership application in a timely way (i.e., less than five days before the deadline) is not grounds for submitting a late application.

If you lost your (c) receipt, you can get it reprinted at the UHIP office.

Applications will be accepted between 1 – 31 May 2019.