Faculty and Staff

Retirement: Support Staff

Retirement Options

Reduced Duties Leading to Retirement - the University of Alberta offers this program to Support Staff as an option for transitioning into retirement. The program allows the employee the opportunity to take a partial leave without pay in the years immediately preceding retirement. For additional details and eligibility requirements, please see the Collective Agreement-Common Provisions-Article 19.

Please note: Each application must be approved by the Dean, Director, or Trustholder and Human Resource Services. Once an agreement is concluded it becomes binding on the employee and the Employer.

Post-Retirement Benefit Options

If you retire early, you may be eligible for Bridge Benefits until age 65. If you are not eligible for Bridge Benefits, your benefits coverage including supplementary health and dental care; life, disability and other insurance; etc. will end with retirement. Review the retirement rules surrounding your benefits coverage at Ending Employment: Support Staff. Review your post-employment benefits options at Organizations Offering Retiree Benefits.

Note: Alberta Health Services will contact you within 6 months prior to your 65th birthday regarding application for Alberta Blue Cross Senior’s Benefits. Ensure Alberta Health Services has your up-to-date, current address.

Bridge Benefits for Support Staff

Eligible staff who decide to retire early may elect to continue participation in several of the staff benefit programs during the period between the date of early retirement and the end of the month in which you will attain age 65. The employer premium costs for such benefits will be paid by the University to the same extent that they are paid for active staff members. 

Eligibility for Bridge Benefits

  • You must currently be working in a full-time regular or full-time non-established Support position funded out of the University's operating accounts (including ancillary accounts);
  • You must be at least 55 years of age, but less that age 65
  • You must currently be a member of the Public Service Pension Plan; and
  • You must have a minimum of 20 years of pensionable service with the University.

Included Benefits

Benefit Coverage
Supplementary Health Care Continue as long as you reside in Canada and are covered by a provincial medial plan
Dental Care Continues wherever you reside
Group Life Insurance Continues wherever you reside

Please see the Support Staff Bridge Benefit Program booklet for full details.