Long Term Disability Leave

This benefit provides some financial assistance in the event you are unable to work because you are suffering from a long term disability. You are covered under the Long Term Disability Plan on the date you become eligible to participate in the staff benefit plans. For other eligible staff members, the benefit is funded by the University of Alberta. For further information regarding Long Term Disability benefits please contact Human Resource Services at 780-492-0725.

The Support Staff Long Term Disability Plan provides some financial assistance in the event you are totally disabled and unable to work because of a prolonged injury or illness. The benefit provides:

  • 70% of your basic monthly earnings
  • Continuation of all benefit coverage and payment of your PSPP contributions
  • Required deductions are made from this income, including income tax as well as CPP and EI premiums

For a copy of the Long Term Disability Plan, see Long Term Disability Plan (Support Staff).

For more information see Support Staff Long Term Disability Frequently Asked Questions.

The Academic Staff Disability Leave program provides some financial assistance in the event you are totally disabled and unable to work because of a prolonged injury or illness. The benefit provides:

  • 70% of your basic monthly earnings
  • Continuation of all benefit coverage and payment of your UAPP contributions

Required deductions are made from this income, including income tax as well as CPP and EI premiums.

Eligible staff may also be eligible for the Medical Accommodation Supplement benefit. For additional information, please discuss this with your assigned Rehabilitation & WorkLife Consultant in Organizational Development, Equity and Health.

If you expect your medical leave to exceed 26 weeks, you will need to apply for long-term disability benefits.

The Management and Professional Staff (MAPS) Disability Leave Program outlines your entitlements to long-term disability benefits.

  • If you are covered under long-term disability:
  • your benefits payments will be 70% of your salary and will be taxable.
  • your benefit payments may be adjusted if you have income from other sources such as Canada Pension Plan Disability Pension.
  • your eligibility will be assessed on an ongoing basis.
  • your coverage will end when you turn 65.

If your application is declined, you may appeal the decision within 30 days.

No vacation will be earned during disability leave.


Other Benefits While Disabled

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) - Disability Pension

The CPP provides for the payment of a disability pension to eligible persons who as a result of sickness or accident become disabled. The maximum benefit payable changes from year to year. This benefit is taken into account in determining the amount of your benefit under the University's Long Term Disability Plan and if you are receiving CPP disability benefits, you will no longer be required to pay the annual premium contribution. Detailed information and application forms are available from Human Resource Services or the Human Resources Development of Canada office in Edmonton, Alberta.