Life Events


We’re here to connect you to programs and support that can help you navigate the transitions of your life and career, from getting married and welcoming a new baby to retiring or dealing with the death of a loved one.

Moving to British Columbia

Learn what you need to do to ensure you have medical coverage for you and your family if you’re moving to BC.

Getting married or entering a common-law relationship

Consider adding your spouse to your UBC benefit coverage. And if you’ve changed your name, you’ll need to let us know.

Separation and divorce

If your marriage or common law relationship ends, you may need to make some changes to your benefit coverage

Having or adopting a child

Learn about applying for a maternity, parental or adoption leave, as well as your benefit coverage when you’re on leave. You may want to add your new child to your UBC benefit coverage so that they can access a full range of extended health, dental and other benefits.

Dependent children between ages 19 and 25

Once your child turns 19, they are still eligible for coverage under your benefit plan if they are enrolled in post-secondary education or are disabled.

Transgender and gender-diverse faculty and staff at UBC

As a transitioning employee, you can expect a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful work environment. Learn how we can help support you during your transition and/or gender affirming process.

Managing illness and injury

Learn about short-term sick leave and, if your illness or injury is preventing you from working for a significant period of time, how to apply for long-term disability leave. Our Remain at Work/Return to Work Program is also a good resource for information and services.

Death and terminal illness

There are many details to take care of when facing critical illness and death. Learn about the programs and supports that can help you through this time, as well as steps you will need to take if a family member has died or if you are the family member of a UBC employee who has died.

Working past age 65

If you decide to continue working at UBC after you turn 65, you will need to make some decisions regarding your pension and benefits.


Find the answers to your most common questions about retiring – including options for your benefit coverage after retiring and converting your life insurance to an individual policy.

Leaving UBC

If you are leaving your job at UBC, your benefit coverage through UBC will end and you will need to make important decisions about your pension options if you are a member of the staff or faculty pension plan.

Remember, as a UBC employee, you have access to UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program, which provides you and your family with the help you need to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues. Expert information and immediate support resources are available in-person and by phone, web or mobile app.