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For detailed information on benefits see the UGFA Benefits Booklet



Extended Health Care

The University plan covers 100% of the reasonable and customary costs of services and supplies not covered under the Provincial Health insurance including:

Prescription drugs

  • 100% limited to the cost of the lowest-priced generic drug, unless otherwise specified by your physician


Vision Care

  • $350 per adult every 24 months for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery, and every 12 months for dependents under 12;
  • 100% of cost for eye examination every 24 months;
  • $200 lifetime maximum for non-surgical treatment of keratoconus + eyeglasses/contacts necessary as a result of surgical procedure or treatment of keratoconus


Dental Care

  • 100% of cost for preventative services up to $2,500 per person per calendar year;
  • 67% of cost for restorative services up to $2,500 per person per calendar year;
  • 67% of cost for orthodontic services up to $2,500 per person per lifetime.


Paramedical Services

  • Acupuncturist - $300 per year;
  • Chiropractor - $20 per visit up to a maximum of $300 per year;
  • Massage Therapist - $30 per visit up to 15 treatments per year
  • Naturopath - $20 per visit up to a maximum of $300 per year;
  • Osteopath (DOMP) - $20 per visit up to a maximum of $300 per year;
  • Psychologist - $300 per year;
  • Physiotherapist - 100% with physician's prescription, referral or letter;
  • Podiatrist or chiroprodist - $20 per visit for non-surgical services up to a maximum of $300 per year and up to $15 per year for one X-ray;
  • Psychologist - $300 per year;
  • Speech Language Pathologist - $300 per year.


Equipment and Other Medical Items

  • Orthotics - one pair every 24 months;
  • Orthopaedic shoes - 100% of reasonable and customary cost of one pair per adult (16+years) per year, and limited to  total charges less the average cost of shoes up to $75 per person under 16 years per year;
  • Hearing aids - $300 per person in any 5-year period (excluding cost of batteries);
  • Trusses, crutches or braces - 100% of cost
  • Blood glucose monitors - $150 per person per 5-year period
  • Elastic support stockings (physician or podiatrist prescribed) - 2 pairs up to $250 per year.


For more equipment and medical items covered see the Group Benefits Booklet.
For access to health and dental claims forms follow this link to Human Resources - Benefits




Professional Development Reimbursement (PDR)


All Faculty, Professional Librarians and Veterinarians who are full-time probationary and tenured, or who are on full-time contractually limited term appointments of more than 12 months are eligible to receive Professional Development Reimbursement. Each eligible member may claim reimbursement of eligible expenses up to a value of:


  • July 1, 2017: $2,000
  • July 1, 2018: $2,050
  • July 1, 2019: $2,100
  • July 1, 2010: $2,150

For more detailed information see the pertinent article in the Collective Agreement.



Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship Plan

Tuition Scholarship for Dependents and Spouses

This plan provides tuition scholarships up to a maximum of $2,000 for eligible dependent children and spouses for tuition fees payable for courses taken for credit in University programs leading to an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or an associate diploma.
For more information see the full Tuition Scholarship Plan.

Download the Tuition Scholarship Application Form.

Tuition Waiver

In general the cost of tuition for courses taken at the University of Guelph, excluding the cost of textbooks and laboratory fees, is waived for all full-time employees who have completed one year of service with the University.

For more information see Continuing Education Coursesor the Tuition Waiver Application Form.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can my child/spouse use the Tuition Scholarship to help pay for studies at another institution?
Unfortunately not. The tuition scholarship is only available for dependents and spouses attending the University of Guelph.

Can my husband/wife use the Tuition Scholarship to pay for a course at the University of Guelph?
Spouses of eligible employees can apply for the Tuition Scholarship if enrolled in full-time studies at Guelph (3 or more courses). Tuition Scholarship cannot be used to supplement the cost of just a single course. Tuition waiver (see above) for single courses is available only to full-time Members employed by the University of Guelph.

Vacation Entitlement


Vacation entitlement for Faculty, Librarians, and Veterinarians is:


  • 22 days from the first year up to and including the eighth (8) year of service;
  • 25 days from the beginning of the ninth (9) year of service up to and including the twentieth (20) year of service;
  • 30 days from the beginning of the twenty-first (21) year and for all subsequent years;
  • in lieu of a paid vacation, 8% of salary earned for contract Members appointed for less than 12 months; and,
  • Any day the University is closed.


The following Paid Holidays are in addition to paid Vacation (for 2019):


  • New Years Day
  • Family Day (Monday, February 168, 2019)
  • Good Friday (Friday, April 19, 2019)
  • Victoria Day (Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Canada Day (Monday, July 1, 2019)
  • Civic Holiday (Monday, August 5, 2019)
  • Labour Day (Monday, September 2, 2019)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Monday October 14, 2019)
  • Christmas Day (Monday, December 25, 2019)
  • Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26, 2019)
  • New Year's Eve (Tuesday, December 31, 2019)
  • New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020)


The University will also be closed January 2 and 3, 2020.
For more detailed information see Article 46: Vacation and Holidays in the Collective Agreement.

Last updated February 2019