Unit 1 Benefits & Funds

See the links below for information about Unit 1 benefits:

Overview of Leave Provisions

Financial Assistance Funds and Overview of Health Benefits

Applications for the Unit 1 Financial Assistance Funds will be open from May 1 until May 31.  The application links will appear here on May 1.  Keep an eye on the listserv for updates.  If you’d like to be added to the listserv, please email Ann at info@cupe3902.org.


Health Benefits – More Details

U of T’s Page on Unit 1 Health Benefits

Top-up Healthcare Plan Details Pamphlet

Top-up Healthcare Plan FAQ

Table of Maximum Category Amounts for GSU ~ Top-up Healthcare Plan 

Most questions are answered in the above documents.  However, if you are now enrolled and have specific questions about claims, coverage, or online services, you can contact Green Shield Canada at 1-888-711-1119. If you have any questions about your eligibility or are not yet loaded into the Plan, please contact the U of T Benefits Department at benefits.help@utoronto.ca or 416-978-2598.

Please note that in order for plans to be properly coordinated it is vital that you register for your plan services with your name exactly as it appears in your student/PDF enrolment.


Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF)

The Union filed an Unfair Labour Practice complaint at the Labour Board alleging that the Employer acted in bad faith during our last round of bargaining by giving us misleading data. As a result, the Graduate Student Bursary Fund is being held in abeyance until we resolve this issue. We will give updates as they are available.

The process to get the GSBF complaint resolved is long and involved. As such, it is imperative that we keep in touch with anyone who believes they are eligible for a GSBF payment. Please fill out this form if in the 2014-15 academic year you were a Unit 1 member and a graduate student in the funded cohort with funding at less than $17,500.

We also suggest that anyone who expects a payment from the GSBF keep any paperwork and records regarding tuition paid and funding and awards received for the relevant year.

We understand that the lack of anticipated GSBF money has had serious financial implications for some members.  While we can’t promise anything at this time, we’d like to hear from anyone who has found that the lack of this GSBF payment has left them in an urgent financial situation in order to explore options for the interim such as emergency interest-free loans.  If you are in such a situation, please email the Secretary Treasurer at st@cupe3902.org.

Media Press Release about our Unfair Labour Practice Complaint

Our Complaint Filed at the Labour Board.  The allegations contained in this complaint are at this stage allegations and have not been proved.