Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits Overview

Benefits overview and supplemental benefits details for full-time postdoctoral fellows. Part-time postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for benefits.

For information on awards, funding and career development, visit the Postdoctoral Office website.

Benefit details

Benefit highlights for postdoctoral fellows
Benefit
Description
Eligibility
Amount
Alberta Health Care The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan is a government-administered health plan for medically necessary hospital and health care services. How to apply. Alberta resident Provincially funded
University of Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan If you are not eligible for Alberta Health Care, then you must enroll in the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan (UAHIP). UAHIP covers international students, employees, postdoctoral fellows and their families who are residing in Alberta for less than 12 months. Date of appointment View the UAHIP brochure, which includes current rates
Supplemental Benefits Additional health and dental benefits for some hospital, medical and dental care expenses not covered by Alberta Health Care (eg, prescription drugs, ambulance costs). Your department/faculty is responsible for covering supplement benefits. Part-time appointments are not eligible for the supplemental health benefits plan. First day of the month following your appointment date Paid by department/ faculty
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Provides total confidential, professional counselling for a broad range of personal and family problems. Date of appointment Paid by the university
Parental leave The university does not have a parental leave provision for postdocs. Some funding agencies will provide supplements for parental leaves. Postdoctoral fellows and supervisors should refer to the funder regulations for details. You may also be eligible to apply for Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits. N/A N/A
Paid leave Paid leave may be included as part of the appointment. Check your appointment letter for details. This time should be taken before the end of the term at a mutually agreed upon time. Paid leave for time not taken is not paid upon termination. Date of appointment Paid by department/ faculty

Supplemental Benefits

This supplemental health plan provided through Canada Life Assurance Company provides assistance for some hospital, medical and dental care expenses which are not covered by Alberta Health Care (eg, prescription drugs, ambulance costs). For complete details please refer to the Canada Life Benefits Booklet.

The benefits are paid for by your faculty member or department and are effective the first day of the month following your appointment date (e.g., if appointed January 15, benefits become effective February 1).

The current annual cost of the postdoctoral fellow supplemental benefits is $708.72 for single coverage; or $2,051.76 for family coverage as of July 1, 2020.

In addition, the Employee and Family Assistance Program is $8.26 per month and the cost of Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is $0.21 per $100 of the stipend based upon the annual stipend.

Enrolling in the Plan

The university automatically sets up all postdoctoral fellows with single coverage.

If you require family coverage, please fill out the Canada Life group coverage change form in sections 1 and 5, sign in section 13 and send the form to benefits@ualberta.ca.

If you are voluntarily opting out of the Canada Life Supplemental Benefits plan please complete the Canada Life group coverage change form in sections 1 and 3, sign in section 13 and send the form to benefits@ualberta.ca.

In approximately 6–8 weeks, the university will send your Canada Life Benefit Card to your department. This card will include your identification number, policy number, and division number. You will need to provide this information when completing either the Healthcare claim form or the Dental Claim form.

How to make a claim

To make a claim, you will need to know the:

  • Plan Name - University of Alberta, Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Plan Number - 155419
  • Group Number - 1
  • Plan Member ID - your seven digit UAlberta ID Number (not your CCID)

For a paper claim, please fill out the Canada Life Health Claim form or the Canada Life Dental Claim form and submit it to:

Winnipeg Health and Dental Claims Centre
P.O. Box 3050
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0E6

For an online claim, sign up at https://www.canadalife.com/. Please note the first claim you submit for yourself and for your dependent(s) must be a paper claim that is mailed to Canada Life.