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BENEFITS

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

All forms can be submitted by e-mail to our Administrative Assistant. Forms can also be submitted in person at our office 1313 Somerville House. We even have a dropbox outside our office for after hours submission. 

Extended Health Plan

The Extended Health Plan is a supplement to Graduate Teaching Assistant's existing health insurance (e.g., the SOGS supplemental health plan or private insurance). The Extended Health Plan acts as a rebate system that covers both physical and mental health costs up to $599/year.

All members that have held a Teaching Assistant position for at least one term in the academic year are eligible for the fund.

2019-2020 Academic Year Deadlines:

Purchase Deadline: August 31st 2020

Claim Submission Deadline: September 30th 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Mental Health Fund

Similar to the Extended Health Plan, the Mental Health Fund acts as a rebate system that covers $599/year towards mental health costs (e.g., therapies, medications, etc). Once you have used all $599, members are welcome to use their Extended Health Plan or Financial Assistance Fund to cover any remaining mental health costs.

 

All members that have held a Teaching Assistant position for at least one term in the academic year are eligible for the fund.

2019-2020 Academic Year Deadlines:

Purchase Deadline: August 31st 2020

Claim Submission Deadline: September 30th 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Financial Assistance Fund

The Financial Assistance Fund exists to provide support to members who experience unexpected financial need. The following types of expenses can be funded, with appropriate justification:

1) Medical Emergencies (maximum $500 per term)

2) Personal Emergencies (maximum $500 per term)

3) Academic/Conference Travel (maximum $300 per academic year)

4) Child Care Subsidy (maximum $500 per academic year)

 

Unfortunately, the fund is limited and we cannot offer funding to all applicants. The Union's Financial Assistance Committee determines priority.

Food Support Fund

The Food Support Fund administers and dispenses resources for members who experience financial shortage that affects their ability to purchase food. Each successful applicant will receive $75 in food bank vouchers, plus $25 for every dependent in their household (e.g., spouse, children) to a maximum of $175 per term.

 

Members who live with a partner who is also employed as a TA or Post-Doc at Western shall apply together on one form. Successful two-member applications receive $75 for each member (total $150), plus $25 for dependents to a maximum of $175 per term.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee and Family Assistance Program services are provided by Morneau Shepell. It offers employees access to 24/7 crisis support, individual counselling, group therapy, and family services. Telephone assistance is available by calling 1-844-880-9142, more information can be found by following the link.

UHIP Assistance

Based on our Collective Agreement, the employer provides funds to allocate towards the International UHIP Refund Program. Any member that has held a Teaching Assistant position for at least one term in the academic year, who pays UHIP fees, is eligible for UHIP assistance.

 

Each year the application process will open and close in the spring. The amount allocated to the program shall be divided by the number of eligible applicants, and each eligible applicant shall receive a cheque. The cheque cutting process is not under our control, so expect delays.

We are not currently accepting applications for this program.