Benefit Details

This section includes detailed information about the many benefits that are available to you as a member of UBC’s faculty and staff.

BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)

All BC residents must enrol in MSP. UBC is no longer administering a group MSP plan for its employees effective January 1, 2020. Learn more about enrolling in MSP, including details for those employees moving to BC from out of the province or from outside Canada.


Learn about your coverage for basic, preventive and major procedures, and the requirement for preauthorization for all orthodontic work and any dental services over $500.

Extended Health

Read about your coverage for vision care, paramedical services (such as seeing a registered psychologist, massage therapist and other health-care providers), out-of-province medical care, and medical equipment and supplies.

Health Spending Account

Members of CUPE 116, CUPE 2950, IUOE 115 and Management & Professional employee groups can access a yearly credit for medical expenses not covered by Extended Health or Dental.

Employee & Family Assistance Program

Read about the 24/7 counselling and support services available.

Life Insurance

Learn about mandatory Basic Life Insurance, which will pay a sum of money to your designated beneficiary if you die, as well as Optional Life Insurance and Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance that you can purchase for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children.

Long-Term Disability Plan

If you are unable to work due to an extended illness or injury, you may be eligible for long-term disability under UBC’s Income Replacement Plan/Disability Benefits Plan.


UBC offers a Staff Pension Plan and Faculty Pension Plan. Learn more about how these plans can help you prepare for retirement.

Vacation & Leaves

Learn about your vacation entitlement, as well as the many different paid and unpaid leaves you can take. This includes sick, maternity, parental and adoption leaves.

Benefits While Travelling

Your Extended Health Plan will cover many of your out-of-province emergency and non-emergency medical expenses. It’s a good idea to learn more about your coverage before you leave for a vacation or work-related trip.

Professional Development

Learn about the funding to support your professional or personal development. This includes Tuition Waivers that can be used to cover the fees of eligible UBC courses.

Retirement & Survivor Benefits

When you leave your employment at UBC, you may be eligible for our Retirement & Survivor Benefit (RSB) Program, which offers coverage for Extended Health, Dental and the Employee and Family Assistance Program. If you die, your eligible dependent (s) can also enrol in this Program.