Health Benefits Unit 1


The 2018 FALL TERM coverage starts October 1 this year (2018 SUMMER TERM coverage ends September 30).

Fall Coverage: October 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Winter Coverage: February 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019

Summer Coverage: June 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019


 To qualify for subsidized rates you only need a valid contract, no specific number of hours is required.

Premiums per semester:

  • Single coverage with contract – $120
  • Single coverage with NO contract – $490
  • Couple coverage with contract – $600
  • Couple coverage with NO contract – $1,000
  • Family coverage with contract – $1,300
  • Family coverage with NO contract –  $1,800

Our health and dental plan is administered by Canadian Benefits, in consultation with CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee. Green Shield Canada is the insurance carrier.

CANADIAN BENEFITS have sent updated documents to members on SEPTEMBER 25. Here is their email from September 25th 2018. It includes info on a new, medical cannabis, coverage.

Benefits Overview 2018-19

Enrollment Form 2018-19 to enroll, print out this form, fill it in and send to CanBen

Individual Replacement Insurance New

Direct premium withdrawals: Simply forward the copy of your banking information or void cheque along with the completed Enrollment form and we will withdraw the semester’s premium directly from your bank account. Withdrawals are made on the last Friday of the first month of the semester. Payment can also be made by cheque or bank draft.

When you enroll, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information on accessing the Green Shield Canada system.   

Canadian Benefits is always available to answer your questions.  Please contact us at for assistance.


Some background on 4207 health benefits:

A health benefit plan has become available in the Fall 2017 for Unit 1 members who are not graduate students. The benefit plan has been negotiated for the latest Unit 1 collective agreement*. Finally, since 1998 when our local was certified, the TAs, instructors, lab demonstrators, marker/graders and course-coordinators who are not graduate students, achieved some modest form of real health benefits. It is a good start!

*The university agreed to contribute $100,000 each year of the duration of the Unit 1 contract (2016-2019, three years) towards a health benefit plan. You can read the Letter of Understanding on page 45 in the Unit 1 collective agreement.