Programs & Services A-Z

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    30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge
    Interactive online training program to teach the core skills of mindfulness and how to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace.
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    Administrative Executive
    Administrative Executives hold senior administrative roles – such as vice president or associate vice president of non-academic units – at UBC.
    Academic Executive
    Academic Executives hold senior academic roles – such as president, provost, vice president and associate vice president – at UBC.
    Accidents at Work
    If you are injured at work, you must report the accident within 24 hours to both your supervisor and electronically through the UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System.
    Acupuncture
    A holistic treatment that involves pricking the skin with needles, often used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional health conditions. This is a paramedical service covered as part of the UBC extended health plan.
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    Basic Life Insurance
    At UBC, Basic Group Life Insurance is mandatory for eligible employees.
    BC Services Card
    The new BC Services Card replaces the BC CareCard, and is secure government-issued identification that eligible British Columbians can use to access provincially funded health services under the Medical Services Plan (MSP).
    BCGEU Okanagan
    The BCGEU Okanagan employee group includes Teaching Assistants, Technician/Research Assistants, administrative support, library assistants, and other clerical staff at the Okanagan campus.
    BCGEU Childcare
    The BCGEU Childcare employee group includes child care staff at the Vancouver campus.
    Breastfeeding on Campus
    Learn about breastfeeding on campus including listings and maps of designated breastfeeding-friendly spaces, semi-private, and private spaces at UBC.
    Benefits FYI
    Benefits FYI is our quarterly benefits newsletter for UBC staff and faculty who are enrolled in one of our benefits plans.
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    Coordinating Benefits
    If you are covered under another Extended Health and Dental benefits plan in addition to the UBC plan (for example, through your spouse’s plan), you can submit expenses under both plans to maximize your reimbursement.
    Common Law
    If you are married or are in a common-law relationship, you may want to add your spouse or partner to your benefit coverage. This means that your spouse or partner will be able to receive coverage for many benefits offered through UBC, including health benefits.
    CUPE 2278
    The CUPE 2278 employee group includes teaching assistants and English language instructors at the Vancouver campus. Benefits coverage by UBC is available only to ELI staff; teaching assistants are covered by the AMS/GSS Student Health Plan.
    CUPE 2950
    The CUPE 2950 employee group includes clerical, secretarial, clinical and library support staff at the Vancouver campus.
    CUPE 116
    The CUPE 116 employee group includes staff in areas of trades, custodial, food services, housing and hospitality, and research assistants at the Vancouver campus.
    Chiropractors
    This non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline focuses on the musculoskeletal system and re-alignment of joints in the body. It is paramedical service covered as part of the UBC extended health plan.
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    Divorce
    If your marriage or common law relationship ends, you may need to make some changes to your benefit coverage. You may also want to connect with a counsellor, free of charge, through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.
    Deductible
    A deductible is the amount that you pay for medical services, that is not reimbursed by the benefits provider. The deductible you pay depends on your employee group and on the benefit being accessed.
    Dependents
    Your dependents may be eligible for some benefits through your UBC Benefit Plans. Who qualifies as your dependent depends on the benefit offered.
    Dental Preauthorization
    A dental preauthorization is a request from your dentist to Sun Life, in advance of the dental proceedure, to make sure that Sun Life will pay for some of the proceedure, and you will not be out of pocket for the entire amount.
    Disability Benefit Plan
    A long-term disability benefit plan for staff. If you are on medical leave and unable to work for more than a four or six-month period (depending on your employee group) due to illness or injury, you may qualify for long-term disability.
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    Extraordinary Expense Fund
    The Extraordinary Expense Fund (EEF) Policy (UBC Policy #86) was established by the University to help protect researchers with grant- and contract-funded staff and faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) with employee status and Postdoctoral Fellow award recipients who either receive their earnings through UBC or who receive funding directly from a source external to UBC, by providing a fund for extraordinary expenses not otherwise covered.
    Employee Groups
    The benefits packages you are eligible for depends on your UBC employee group.
    Employment Insurance (EI)
    In Canada, Employment Insurance provides temporary benefits for employees when you cannot work. You may need to access EI if you are off work sick for a period of time, or while you are on maternity/parental leave.
    Executive Administrative
    The Executive Administrative employee group includes administrative support staff in executive offices, Human Resources, and other locations at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
    Events
    Healthy UBC Events and Workshops are free ongoing university-wide educational opportunities focusing on promoting positive mental health and overall physical wellbeing for staff, faculty, and departments.
    Employee & Family Assistance Program
    The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary counselling support service that provides you and your family with the help you need to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues.
    EFAP
    UBC's employee assistance program is known as the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
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    Fair Pharmacare
    Fair PharmaCare is the BC Government's plan that aligns prescription drugs deductibles with family income. Under the provisions of the UBC's Extended Health Benefit, the prescription drug plan coordinates coverage with the Fair PharmaCare Plan.
    Farm Workers
    The Farm Workers employee group includes staff who perform farm-related duties in the Dairy and Education Research Centre in Agassiz.
    Faculty
    UBC’s faculty are responsible for teaching, scholarship and research. Faculty appointments at UBC include Professors and Associate Professors, Instructors, Sessional Lecturers, Librarians, and Program Directors.
    Fitness
    Educational information, programs, and events supporting physical activity and fitness.
    Fitness Discounts
    A wide range of health, fitness, and family discounts for both on and off campus businesses available for staff and faculty.
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    Health Fair
    The Travelling Health Fair is an annual free mobile health clinic for UBC staff and faculty. It offers one-on-one health assessments and consultations every February.
    Healthy Workplaces Initiatives Fund
    A start-up fund available for UBC departments and units to support sustainable and grassroots activities that promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.
    Health Spending Account
    Members of CUPE 2950, IUOE 882 and Management & Professional employee groups can access a yearly credit for medical expenses not covered by Extended Health or Dental.
    Health Contacts
    Weekly email to UBC Health Contacts with up-to-date information on free events and workshops, tips to stay healthy and well, on-and off-campus discounts, and more.
    Healthy UBC Newsletter
    The Healthy UBC Newsletter comes out monthly for those who are interested in health and wellbeing topics at UBC.
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    IUOE 882
    The IUOE 882 employee group includes maintenance and operating engineers at the Vancouver campus.
    Income Replacement Plan
    A long-term disability benefit plan for faculty. If you are on medical leave and unable to work for more than a six-month period due to illness or injury, you may qualify for long-term disability.
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    Life Insurance Conversion
    You can convert your UBC group life insurance coverage to an individual policy when you leave UBC. You can also convert any reduction in life insurance coverage (for example, working past normal retirement) to an individual policy.
    Lifetime Maximum
    A lifetime maximum refers to the total maximum amount a benefits provider will pay out for an individual in their lifetime. For active employees, the Sun Life lifetime maximum is $1-million; for RSB members, the lifetime maximum depends on your enrolled plan.
    Long-Term Disability
    For faculty, the long-term disability plan is called the Income Replacement Plan (IRP). For staff, the plan is called the Disability Benefit Plan (DBP).
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    Marriage
    If you are married or are in a common-law relationship, you may want to add your spouse or partner to your benefit coverage. This means that your spouse or partner will be able to receive coverage for many benefits offered through UBC, including health benefits.
    Management & Professional
    The Management & Professional employee group represents management and professional staff at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
    Meditation
    Discover benefits of meditation, meditation meeting groups on campus, along with meditation and mindfulness programs at UBC.
    Mindfulness
    Explore UBC offerings for opportunities to learn mindfulness and practice meditation.
    Mental Health
    Learn about mental health and wellbeing initiatives, explore tools and resources to support colleagues and your own mental health, resiliency, and coping skills.
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    Normal Retirement Date
    Your normal retirement date depends on your employee group. If you are a member of the Academic Executive or Faculty, your normal retirement date is June 30 or December 31 following (or on) the date you turn 65. For Staff, your normal retirement date is the last day of the month you turn 65.
    Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants
    The Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants employee group includes technician/research assistants at the Vancouver campus who are not covered by any union certification.
    Nutrition
    Information and resources to support nutritional health including healthy eating tips and the Healthy UBC Recipe Series.
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    Occupational Health
    Learn more about the vaccinations and services to help UBC employees manage potential risks in the workplace.
    Office Ergonomics
    Take part in our do-it-yourself Office Ergonomics checklist.
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    Paramedical Practitioner – Qualifications
    The cost of paramedical services will only be covered if the paramedical practitioner meets specific qualifications/designations for their profession and they are licensed/registered with an appropriate regulatory body or society where the service is received (in Canada or the United States only). For example, in British Columbia, you will only be reimbursed for the cost of the services provided by a Naturopath with an N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine) designation and who is licensed/registered with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.
    Paramedical Services – Reasonable & Customary Charge
    Medical services providers and suppliers charge a range of fees for certain services, including paramedical services. Sun Life will determine “reasonable and customary” charges as the basis for reimbursing your paramedical claims, which are also subject to the reimbursement level and maximum amounts specified under the Extended Health Plan. If your practitioner charges more than this, you are responsible for this additional cost.
    Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge
    The annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge event is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to take the stairs.
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    QPR Suicide Prevention Training
    QPR Training is an international recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR Training is available for staff, faculty, and students to help prevent suicide.
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    Recipes
    The Healthy UBC Recipe Series offers a collection of inspiring, nutritious, and delicious recipes.
    Return to Work
    This program offers employees the support they need to keep working or return to work while managing a medical impairment or disability.
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    Supplementary Employment Benefit
    For eligible employees, the Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Program pays the difference between the Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and/or parental benefit and 75% or 95% of your salary for a specified period of time.
    Separation
    If your marriage or common law relationship ends, you may need to make some changes to your benefit coverage. You may also want to connect with a counsellor, free of charge, through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.
    Sports Day
    Staff & Faculty Sports Day is an annual event for all to enjoy fun teamwork activities in celebration of the end of the school year.
    Stair Challenge
    The annual Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge event is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to take the stairs.
    Special Leave
    BCGEU Okanagan members are entitled to three days of paid leave in a calendar year for certain circumstances.
    Suicide Prevention Training
    QPR Training is an international recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR Training is available for staff, faculty, and students to help prevent suicide.
    Shepell
    Shepell is UBC's provider for the Employee & Family Assistance Program
    Sun Life
    Sun Life is UBC's benefits provider for extended health, dental, and life insurance.
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    Virtual Health Fair
    Explore various health screenings, tools and resources to help you assess your current health status and make improvements towards a healthier self.
    Viewpoints
    Viewpoints is our semi-annual newsletter for members of the Retirement and Survivor Benefits (RSB) Plan.
    Vaccinations
    If you need vaccinations specifically related to the work that you do, our Occupational & Preventive Health Unit provides services and programs to help UBC employees manage potential risks in the workplace.
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    Walking Programs
    Learn about the many walking activities and programs happening at UBC.
    Wellbeing Initiative
    Wellbeing at UBC is a strategic vision and involves students, staff, faculty, senior administration, partners, and communities working together to promote wellbeing across the university. Learn about the emerging focus areas to create happier, healthier, and more sustainable communities at UBC.
    WorkSafeBC
    If you are injured at work, you may also need to seek medical attention or file a claim with WorkSafeBC.
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