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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
  • $500 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

Based on prior year’s dental association fee guide in the province where the expense is incurred


  • 100% of costs for preventive dental services (e.g., routine examinations, X-rays, basic dental procedures) up to $2,500 per person, per calendar year
  • 67% of costs for restorative services (e.g., crowns, bridgework, dentures) up to $2,500 per person, per calendar year
  • 67% of costs for orthodontic services up to $2,500 per person, per lifetime (Orthodontics are not covered under the retiree Dental Plan)


Paramedical Services
  • Psychological Services including psychologists, and counselling services provided by counsellors with a Master of Social Work, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, or clinical counsellors provided they are licensed and registered by a recognized provincial governing body as defined by the benefits provider; up to $2,000 per calendar year.
  • Charges of a dental surgeon, including dental prosthesis, required for treatment of a fractured jaw or accidental injuries to natural Last Revised: June 2023 9 ▪ teeth, caused by external, violent and accidental means, provided the services are performed within 12-months of the accident (excludes pre-existing conditions).
  •  Physiotherapists, (physician’s prescription, referral or letter required).

Services of the following licensed, registered paramedical practitioners, as long as no portion of the service is covered under Provincial Health Insurance, to a combined calendar maximum of $2,500 per calendar year; subject to a per visit maximum of the lesser of i) Insurer’s Reasonable and Customary per visit maximum, or ii) $75.


  • Chiropractors, osteopaths and naturopaths, For expenses to be covered, the osteopath must be a Doctor of Osteopathy, a physician with additional qualifications in osteopathy. An osteopath with only a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) is not covered.
  • Podiatrists or chiropodists, 
  • Acupuncturists,
  • Massage therapists,
  • Speech language pathologists, This benefit is not payable if the service is available for you or your family through a program offered by the Ministry of Health or other organization with government funding. Contact Sun Life in advance of incurring an expense, to determine if coverage is available (physician’s prescription, referral or letter required).


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




Vacation Entitlement


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:



  1. July 1, 2022: $2,150
  2. July 1, 2023: $2,150

For more detailed information see the pertinent article in the MOS signed in 2022


Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship Plan

Tuition Scholarship for Dependents and Spouses

The University will award scholarships for up to eight semesters of undergraduate degree or associate diploma program or graduate program at the University of Guelph and Guelph-Humber partnership courses. Scholarship payment amounts shall not exceed tuition fees for the Bachelor of Arts program.

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 Courses or 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 2024:


  • New Years Day
  • Family Day (Monday, February 19, 2024)
  • Good Friday (Friday, March 29, 2024)
  • Victoria Day (Monday, May 20, 2024)
  • Canada Day (Monday, July 1, 2024)
  • Civic Holiday (Monday, August 5, 2024)
  • Labour Day (Monday, September 2, 2024)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Monday October 14, 2024)
  • Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25, 2024)
  • Boxing Day (Wednesday, December 26, 2024)
  • New Year's Eve (Tuesday December 31, 2024)
  • New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2025)

For more detailed information see Article 46: Vacation and Holidays in the Collective Agreement.


Last updated  March 7, 2024