The Extended Health Benefits Fund is collectively bargained by and for all bargaining unit members of CUPE 3903.
The purpose of the EHBF is to support members with health care costs that would cause an undue financial burden and that are not covered by the Sun Life Insurance plan, whether due to lack of coverage by the plan or exhaustion of benefits. In setting up the policy, guidelines and allocation process for the EHBF, the Union recognizes that there is a strong relationship between a range of social factors and a person’s health and well-being. Such social determinants of health include, but are not limited to: income, social support, education and literacy, employment and working conditions, housing, health services, nutrition and coping skills. The Union also recognizes that inequitable access to resources and supports may be specific and/or systemic. People may have a lack of access due to poverty and they may be denied access due to one or more forms of social exclusion (such as racism, sexism, ableism heterosexism and transphobia). Health issues and health inequities are thus often deeply intertwined.
This understanding also incorporates the fact that there is a finite amount of money in the fund for a growing union membership. Ongoing collective bargaining is critical to continuing to improve member access to funds to support them with health care expenses.
Maximum Award: Up to $3,000 per Collective Agreement year (this limit can be waived at the discretion of the Committee). Please note that the committee may award the full amount or a portion of the amount requested, depending on the grounds for the application and the amount of funds available.