UNIT 3 FUND

The Unit 3 Fund is a pool of $140,000 to be disbursed to eligible members to offset expenses incurred for (a) attendance at an academic or pedagogical conference, and (b) to offset expenses related to your teaching.

Opens: 1 December 2018 
Closes: 31 August 2019
To apply: visit the Member Portal and select ‘Fund Applications’ under the ‘Forms’ tab.

Professional Expenses Reimbursement Account (PERA)

This is a pre-Union benefit that has been “grand-parented,” i.e. maintained for those who had it in the past.

Members who taught at least 1.5 courses in 2004-05 and who continue to do so are entitled to a PERA based on course-load. You can use this money for expenses related to conferences, travel between campuses, books, journals, professional memberships, etc.

For those members who have been teaching since 2005-06, you may be eligible to apply for the Unit 3 Fund. Details for this fund can be found in the Unit 3 Benefits Section.

Group RRSP

The GRRSP is an optional RRSP for any Unit 3 member who is not already enrolled in the U of T pension plan.

All members of Unit 3 who are not on the U of T Pension Plan are entitled to membership in a Group RRSP.  The Employer will contribute 5% of the salary for all participating members members of Unit 3 — except for SL3s and WI2-Priority — who agree to contribute 5% of their U of T income to the GRRSP  The matching contribution for SL3’s and WI2-Priority is 6%. At the end of each academic year you have the choice either to leave the money in the GRRSP or transfer it out.

The enrollment form is available online. For more information regarding the GRRSP, please visit the U of T Benefits site.

You must drop off or mail in your enrolment form to: 
Central Benefits (GRRSP)
U of T Human Resources Dept
215 Huron Street – 8th floor
Toronto, M5S 1A2

Do NOT send the form to Standard Life. There is no deadline for the applications to arrive.

If you are already enrolled in the Unit 3 Group RRSP and wish to use the option to withdraw/transfer funds from the plan, you may do so between 1 September and 30 September of each year. You can call Standard Life directly and make the transfer via phone: 1-800-242-1704.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)

The Unit 3 HCSA allows Sessional Lecturers and hourly-paid sessionals with at least 50 hours of work to be reimbursed for eligible medical expenses.

Effective upon ratification of the new Collective Agreement, reimbursement of heath care expenses for Sessional Lecturers is $475 for the first half-course taught, and $325 per half-course thereafter, to a maximum of $1,775 per year.

Effective upon ratification of the new Collective Agreement, reimbursement for health care expenses for hourly-paid employees (Sessional Instructional Assistants, Music Instructors, Writing Instructors) shall be as follows:
50-99 hours: $238
100-299 hours: $475
300-449 hours: $713
450 or more hours: $800

But enrolment in the HCSA is NOT automatic: please remember to enroll yourself by downloading the enrollment form. A Human Resources guide to completing the HCSA enrolment form is available online.  Bring or send the completed enrollment form NOT to Greenshield, but to the U of T Benefits Office, at 215 Huron St, 8th floor (Toronto, M5S 1A2).  Eligibility for reimbursement begins on the date of employment, not the date of enrollment. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.

Once enrolled, you will be sent a Green Shield card to make claims. Eligible expenses are those that qualify as a medical expense tax credit under the Income Tax Act, including prescription eyeglasses, dental expenses, medical devices and supplies, prescription drugs, and services of paramedical practitioners.  Claim forms can be found online.

Reimbursement from your HCSA is not taxable under current Income Tax Act rules. However, once you receive reimbursement for an eligible expense under your HCSA, you cannot also claim this expense as a medical expense tax credit on your tax return.

If you are already enrolled in a University of Toronto benefit plan, you are entitled to continue in that plan. In this case, you are NOT also allowed to participate in the Health Care Spending Account plan. Please check with your Department to ensure that your enrollment in the benefit plan is being continued.

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.

Leave under the Collective Agreement

Members in Unit 3 have access to an array of different leaves under the Collective Agreement. 

Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP)

Members of CUPE 3902, Unit 3 have access to the University of Toronto’s Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP).

The EFAP offers free confidential short-term counselling to employees and their dependents for personal, family, and work-related problems. You and your dependents can receive counselling and referral services related to concerns in the following areas:

1. Counselling

Within a supportive, confidential and caring environment you can receive counselling for any challenge:

  • Family
  • Depression
  • Marital / Life transitions / change
  • Relationships
  • Grief / bereavement
  • Addictions
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Other personal issues

2. Plan Smart Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling

3. Online Resources

  • E-learning courses
  • Child and eldercare resource locators

For more information please visit the University’s EFAP website.

Employee and Dependent Special Circumstances Fund (EDSCF)

During the 2017-18 round of collective bargaining, the University and CUPE 3902 Unit 3 agreed to establish an Employee and Dependent Special Circumstances Fund (EDSCF), in the amount of $50,000 per year to be held and administered by the University.

The EDSCF is intended to address urgent special circumstances resulting in financial hardship for Unit 3 bargaining unit employees and their dependents, as a result of medical and non-medical needs.

Through a collaborative joint process, the University and CUPE 3902 Unit 3 have developed criteria and an application process for approval of claims and disbursement of funds. Furthermore, the University and the Union have agreed to jointly adjudicate and administer non-medical applications for assistance under the EDSCF.

Information regarding specific criteria and the application process is available on the University’s page dedicated to this fund.

With the introduction of the EDSCF, retroactive claims submitted by 15 October 2018 will be accepted for the period of 1 January 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Applications are now open for the 2018-19 academic year.