FAQ's

When will I have access to systems and services?

  • Your department will be able to tell you when your appointment is processed which allows you to access libraries, get a ONEcard etc. 

Can Postdoc's Ride the LRT between South Campus and the Royal Alexandra Hospital like staff do?

  • Postdocs who have "Staff" indicated on their ONEcards are able to ride the LRT between South Campus and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Can I get a U-Pass?

  • No, the U-Pass is for registered students only.

How do I add my family to my benefits plan?

Where do I add my dependent's name(s) and date(s) of birth?

  • The form that you complete and provide to Pensions and Benefits is to only change the coverage from "Single" to "Family". Your dependent's information is supplied to Great-West Life once you need to submit a claim for them.
  • Please note: your first claim for yourself and for your dependent(s) must be a hard copy claim form that needs to be mailed to Great-West Life. Please see this link for more details.

Who Pays for the Supplemental Benefits?

  • Your supervising faculty member/department/faculty is responsible for covering the cost of the supplement benefits provided by Great-West Life for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Part-Time appointments are not eligible for the supplemental health benefits plan.

Can Postdocs Access the Gym?

  • Yes, Postdocs who are considered employees will have access to the gym without having to pay. Postdocs who are considered "Trainee's" or "Guest's" can access the gym but at a reduced membership rate. You can check the rates of the gym here

How do I get a Confirmation or Verification of Employment?

How will Bill 7 impact International Postdoctoral Employees?

As Per Immigration Services

Work Permits

Postdoctoral Fellows are Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt and fall under the International Mobility Program

The change in employment status should not affect the terms and conditions of the work permit

Permanent Residence

Immigration-related questions should be directed to immigration.services@ualberta.ca.

Can an international postdoctoral employee opt out of CPP/EI?

  • International postdoctoral employees should contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and/or a financial advisor to discuss potential options based on individual circumstances

Do Postdocs have Winter Closure off?

  • All University-wide closures apply to postdocs.