Health Benefits Unit 1

A health benefit plan is available for Unit 1 Unit 1  members who are not graduate students. The benefit plan has been gained in the last round of U1 collective agreement negotiations. 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 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, administered by the union. You can read the Letter of Understanding on page 45 in the Unit 1 collective agreement.

Letter from Canadian Benefits that was sent to you by email on August 31 is pasted below. (New incoming members contact information has not been yet available to the union as of today, September 8).

Dear CUPE Local 4207 Member,

 On behalf of the CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee, Canadian Benefits invites you to enroll in your new Health and Dental benefit plan effective September 1, 2017. 

This plan is administered by Canadian Benefits as guided by the CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee.

After a marketing of the plan design among insurance carriers, Green Shield Canada was awarded the benefit plan contract based on their rates and their online services for plan members. 

Coverage is available by semester:

  • Fall – September to December
  • Winter – January to April
  • Summer – May to August

Enrolling for more than one semester, or for the entire academic year September 2017 to August 2018 gives you access to a higher maximum for Drugs, Dental and Paramedical coverage, as outlined in the attached Plan Design.

 Please find attached: 

  1. Enrolment Instructions
  2. Plan Design
  3. Enrolment Form for Single, Couple, or Family coverage – this form is not fillable, as your signature is required to confirm coverage and your cheque must be submitted with your enrollment form

Premiums for Single coverage are subsidized by employer contributions, lowering the rates for Single, Couple and Family coverage for CUPE Local 4207 Members with contracts totaling at least 195 hours per semester or equivalent.  The premiums per semester are:

                Single coverage – $100 with eligible contracts totaling at least 195 hours or equivalent; otherwise, $476

                Couple coverage – $496 with eligible contracts totaling at least 195 hours or equivalent; otherwise, $952

                Family coverage; – $1,092 with eligible contracts totaling at least 195 hours or equivalent; otherwise, $1,668

 Once we have received confirmation of the qualifying contracts for the Fall semester from the University, you receive a second enrollment notice outlining the timelines to enroll and to access the Green Shield Canada system. 

 If you do not qualify for employer premium subsidization for the Fall semester, you can still enroll in the plan by completing the attached enrollment form and returning it along with your payment by Thursday, September 28.

 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.

Watch for Health and Dental FAQ’s in an upcoming newsletter!  

Best regards,

Emma Rahmani

Bilingual Account Manager

Canadian Benefits Consulting Group

+ 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 3000 | Toronto | ON M4P 1E4

( 416-488-7755 ext. 229 | 1-800-268-0285 (toll free)