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Your benefits at a glance

General information


To find out what is covered under your benefit contract, or for any issues with claim payments, please contact Great-West Life directly or login to your GroupNet account:

Plan #: 57130

Extended health care

Extended health care benefit is designed to help cover the cost of necessary health care expenses which are not covered by OHIP. Benefit includes prescription drug coverage, paramedical services, hospital/ambulance coverage and medical equipment/supplies. 

Out of country

Provided you have the extended health care benefit, you and your insured dependents are covered while travelling out of the country for emergency medical services.

You must contact Great-West Life in the event of an emergency while traveling out of country.

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Employee & Family Assistance Program – Eligible employees of the University of Waterloo and their dependents may utilize the Employee & Family Assistance Program as provided by Homewood Health. To access this program, individuals can call 1.800.663.1142 or visit the homeweb website


Dental benefit is designed to help cover the cost of necessary dental care expenses. Benefit includes basic, major restorative and orthodontic services.



Disability benefits are designed to provide you with income continuation during periods of illness or injury


Life insurance

Life insurance provides protection and security for you and your family in event of death. Coverage includes basic life and optional life for employees, and Optional Spousal Life.


Retiree benefits

Retiree benefits are available to employees who have 10 continuous years of service at the time of their retirement. Benefits include extended health care and life insurance. Some benefit provisions change for employees at certain ages prior to retirement.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

UHIP is the university health insurance plan in effect at Ontario universities. The plan provides medical coverage comparable to that received by Ontario residents. This coverage is an OHIP replacement. Premiums will be deducted directly from your pay for employees; other covered individuals pay with cheque.

Tuition benefit

This benefit provides encouragement and financial assistance to employees and eligible retirees wishing to take education programs for themselves or their eligible children. Benefits are available to regular full time and part time staff members with an appointment duration of two years or more.