Please visit the
Human Resources & Equity (HR&E) website for more information on postdoctoral fellows who are considered to be employees of the University. Employee postdocs can also find a copy of the
Collective Agreement (CUPE3902 Unit 5) for this group on the HR&E website.
The University of Toronto Governing Council establishes the policy pertaining to postdocs at U of T.
A University of Toronto postdoc is a postdoctoral fellow who is doing research on a U of T campus and/or is receiving a stipend from U of T.
Postdocs affiliated with U of T (e.g., postdocs at a teaching hospital or another organization affiliated with U of T) are not governed under the policies and procedures at U of T. Postdocs affiliated with U of T are governed under the policies and procedures at the institution where the research is being completed and/or the institution from which they receive their stipend.
U of T has several policies approved by Governing Council and which apply to all postdocs. Each postdoc should become familiar with these policies.
Policies applying to all University of Toronto postdocs:
The conduct of postdocs while at U of T is governed by policies and procedures that can be found on the HR&E website. Policies of particular importance to postdoctoral fellows are:
U of T remains committed to the highest standards of integrity in research and has a range of policies that govern how researchers should conduct their work.
Research Services provides details of different policies; guidelines for research and ethical conduct.
Office of Research Ethics (ORE) upholds the highest ethical and regulatory standards of research involving human or animal subjects at the University of Toronto.
U of T strives to cultivate a teaching, learning, and working environment that is equitable, accepting, inclusive, and free from discrimination and harassment. For more information on policies related to equity and diversity, please visit the
Please note that neither of the basic plans (OHIP or UHIP) provide travel insurance coverage for travel outside of Canada; the Green Shield Health benefit provides this coverage.
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
OHIP is a centralized, government-sponsored health care plan provided to all residents of the Province of Ontario who hold an OHIP card. OHIP covers immediate medical care, such as emergency care, in-hospital care, doctor's visits, and much more. OHIP does not cover prescription drugs, eyeglasses, or dental care.
Canadian residents returning to Canada after 212 days out of the country are eligible to enrol in
OHIP after a three-month waiting period. UHIP is required for the three-month waiting period.
Postdocs coming to Ontario from another Canadian province should consult with the health care plan in their home province prior to coming to Toronto. It is the responsibility of the postdoc to confirm that his or her current provincial plan is effective for the three-month OHIP waiting period.
After three months, provided that the postdoc engagement is at least six months, the postdoc will be covered under
Non-Canadian residents (international postdocs and dependents) that have a work permit for at least six months and a formal agreement to work full-time for at least six consecutive months are eligible for OHIP after a three-month waiting period. Proof of the engagement terms must be provided to the OHIP office. UHIP is required for the three-month waiting period for international postdocs and dependents.
If the postdoc is engaged at U of T for less than six months, the postdoc and dependents will not be eligible for OHIP. In such instances, UHIP is required for the full duration of their stay in Canada.
Please note that proof of health coverage must be provided for school-aged children prior to their enrolment in school.
For further information on OHIP eligibility, visit the
OHIP website or contact OHIP at 1-800-268-1154.
University Health Insurance Program (UHIP)
UHIP is mandatory for all postdocs and their dependents who are not covered by OHIP. UHIP coverage must be purchased from the
Postdoctoral Office within the first 30 days of arriving. If UHIP is not purchased within 30 days for dependents, a $500 late registration fee will be added to the UHIP premiums.
Please contact the Postdoctoral Office upon arrival, and be prepared to provide the following documents and payment for all members that are enrolling in UHIP:
For UHIP costs, please consult the UHIP Premium tables.
doctors' and specialists' services at home, in a hospital or institution, or in the doctor's office
one annual health exam
diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, including fractures and dislocations
surgery, including the administration of anesthetics
care related to pregnancy (prenatal and postnatal), even if pregnancy began before arrival in Ontario
UHIP does not cover:
eyeglasses, frames, or contact lenses
dental care services
medical examinations and required tests
Please note that it is extremely difficult to obtain an
exemption from UHIP. All postdocs should be prepared to purchase UHIP coverage. For information on how to apply for an exemption, please visit the UHIP website. You do not have to join UHIP if you are covered under a pre-approved plan.
If you do not see your current plan on this site, you must purchase UHIP coverage upon arrival in Canada.
For more information, visit the
The Green Shield Health Benefit plan provides postdocs with many important services, and covers some expenses not covered by OHIP or UHIP. This benefit includes some dental coverage, prescription drug costs and some additional health benefits (such as health practitioners and medical equipment).
This plan is mandatory for all postdocs who are receiving their stipend payment through the university’s payroll system and have their postdoctoral engagement at U of T confirmed in the Postdoctoral Fellows Registration Database (this is done by your graduate unit).
Please consult the
Green Shield benefit booklet for detailed information about your coverage.
The benefit coverage must be pre-paid by one month. Your monthly contributions will be deducted from your monthly stipend. This means that if you start your engagement in September and enrol in September, your first contribution will be deducted in your September pay statement and your coverage will begin on October 1st.
You can only opt out/terminate the plan if you have equivalent or better coverage through your spouse/partner's plan. You will need to provide proof that you have coverage through your spouse/partner's plan and the completed the enrolment form indicating that you are opting out/terminating the plan.
Once your postdoctoral fellowship engagement ends or is terminated your coverage will end one month following your last contribution. You will have six months after this to submit any eligible claims incurred on or before the last day of your coverage.
Register for Plan Member Online Services for your personal claims and coverage information at www.greenshield.ca under the Plan Members section of the website.
If you have any questions regarding claims or coverage eligibility, refer to your benefit booklet, visit Plan Member Online Service or call Green Shield Customer Service Center at 1-888-711-1119.
How to Register in the Benefits Plan:
Employee Postdocs are automatically enrolled in the benefits plan for single coverage; coverage is effective on the first day of the month following your first pay. If you wish to opt into family enrolment (i.e., spouse / partner and children) or to opt out of the plan based on prior spousal coverage, you will need to contact the Postdoctoral Office.
At the time of employment contract extension/renewal, the same plan coverage will be renewed automatically. Health and dental coverage remains the same and is retroactive to the end date of your previous employment contract (unless there is a break in employment), and you are enrolled in the plan at the same coverage level as your initial enrolment (i.e., single or family coverage).
Trainee postdocs who are paid through U of T will need to enrol in order to receive the benefit. Please fill out the
enrolment form and return it in person, by fax or by email to the
Postdoctoral Office. Please do not forget to sign and date the enrolment form.
Trainee postdocs, be aware that if your postdoctoral fellowship is renewed you will need to renew your enrolment by filling out the form again and submitting it to the Postdoctoral Office; your enrolment in the benefit will not automatically be extended with your fellowship renewal.
Please note: This site is for information purposes only. In the event of a discrepancy, benefits will be paid according to the official documents.