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The Pension & Benefits Committee approved changes effective January 1st, 2024.

What does this mean?

The amount available for reimbursement has increased to the new maximum as outlined above. For example, the coverage for paramedical practitioners (e.g., physiotherapy) has an annual reimbursement maximum of $841, instead of $811 per year.

As we approach the end of the year, the official change in our benefit plan provider from Canada Life to Green Shield Canada (GSC) on January 1, 2023 is fast approaching. As part of our communication and change management plan to support our employees with this transition, welcome kits from GSC have been mailed to your home address on file with the University.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Updating your address in Workday

  • Employees participating in benefits should ensure their address on Workday is current
  • Your new Green Shield Canada membership kits and ID cards will be mailed based on the address on file
  • Please update your address in Workday before November 21

On January 1, 2023, the University’s provider for extended health and dental benefits is changing from Canada Life to Green Shield Canada. Welcome kits with new benefit ID cards will be delivered to home addresses of plan members (eligible employees and retirees) by Green Shield Canada in early December 2022.

  • Staff continue to have two choices for performance documentation
  • We have updated the performance summary form for 2022
  • Supporting resources are available on the HR website to assist you
  • Workshop sessions to support supervisors and employees are available

The annual performance appraisal season for 2022 for University of Waterloo staff employees has begun.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Minimum Wage Changes October 1, 2022

The minimum wage rates in Ontario are increasing on October 1, 2022 as summarized in the following table:

Minimum wage rate Current wage rate Effective October 1, 2022
General minimum wage – applies to most employees $15.00 per hour $15.50 per hour
Student minimum wage – applies to students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays $14.10 per hour $14.60 per hour
  • Each summer our extended health and dental benefits provider requires confirmation of eligible overage dependent children to properly resolve adjudicate claims.
  • Employees with dependent(s) who will be between the ages of 21 and 25 during the upcoming Academic year (September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023) are asked to review and update their dependent’s student status in Workday.

What you need to do: To ensure continued coverage for your dependent(s) please log in to Workday to review and update their student status no later than August 19, 2022. For detailed instructions, please refer to the Workday User Guide for Overage Dependents posted on the Workday resources website.