CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5): Other Available Benefits

Working at U of T, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, allows you to take advantage of a number special programs and services that can make your time here even more rewarding.

Career Exploration and Education Centre

The Career Exploration and Education Centre offers a comprehensive, personalized range of career education and employment services to support and empower participants in making informed decisions about their career and employment goals. All specialized workshops available to graduate students at the Career Centre are also available to U of T postdocs. Individual career consultations are also available.

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (School of Graduate Studies)

Advanced communication training can be an instrumental component of your future academic success. To help you excel, we offer workshops through our Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) program. Register now and get help with grant proposals, presentations, and more.

Graduate Professional Skills (School of Graduate Studies)

Take courses and workshops that will hone your communication skills, help you better plan and manage your time, build entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as leaders.

English Conversation Communities for Grads (Centre for International Experience)

Would you like help with your day-to-day communication skills? The Centre for International Experience offers a 10 week English Conversation Communities for Grads (ECCG) each academic session. A class for postdoctoral fellows only is available.

English Language Program (SCS)

If you are looking for more in-depth programs or help, you may be interested in the English Language Program available through the School of Continuing Studies at U of T. Postdoctoral fellows receive a 25% discount on any courses taken within the English Language Program unit.

My Grad Skills

Online and free, MyGradSkills is a series of learning modules that allows students and postdocs to acquire professional skills on their own time, at their pace, and anywhere they can access the Internet. The 18 module topics are varied: academic and research integrity, converting a CV to a resumé, entrepreneurship and new venture creation, understanding mental health and well-being, exploring diverse career paths for PhDs, and teaching online. If you are an Ontario graduate student or postdoc with an institutional email address, you can access this training.


Postdoctoral fellows have full-access library privileges with their T-Card. For information on how to register, visit the Current Postdocs page on the SGS website.

Teaching in Higher Education (Woodsworth)

The objective of the THE500 course is to support doctoral students and postdocs from all divisions at U of T in their professional preparation for academic careers by introducing effective strategies in teaching in higher education; providing an opportunity for the practice of teaching methods; encouraging students to develop their own teaching philosophy and style; providing information on the teaching and learning resources available at U of T and in current research; and discussing some of the broader issues and concerns of members of the academy. Up to five spots per section are reserved for postdocs.

Student Family Housing

A high-rise community is located at 30 and 35 Charles Street West. Postdocs may be eligible depending on availability.

Athletic Centre and Hart House (and UTM and UTSC athletic facilities)

Please consult the individual facilities about postdoc preferred rates. In most cases, memberships are available on a four-month or one year basis.

UofT Parking

Postdocs are eligible for annual parking permits. You’ll need to provide a letter (on department letterhead) from the department your are doing your postdoctoral engagement, stating your personnel number and the length of your engagement contract with the University. To pay for your permit, you will have to provide payment for the full fiscal year at the time of purchase. If you have any further questions please contact the U of T Parking Services office.


Postdocs who are nearing the end of their fellowship may request a parchment from the Postdoctoral Office. The Parchment will indicate your name, the unit in which you undertook your fellowship, and the start and end dates of the fellowship. The Parchment will be signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice-Provost Graduate Education, embossed with the School of Graduate Studies seal, and sent to your supervisor for his or her signature. Please contact the Postdoctoral Office by email to request a parchment.

Employee Family Assistance Program

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees (including trainee postdocs) of the University of Toronto who are eligible to participate in the University’s group benefit programs, and their dependants: spouses, partners (including same-sex partners) and dependent children. This program is provided at no cost to you. The EFAP offers free confidential short-term counselling to employees and their dependants for personal, family, and work-related problems.

Visit the EFAP page for more information.

Health & Well-Being Programs & Services

Visit the Health & Well-Being page for more information.

Equity @ U of T

Visit the Equity @ U of T page for more information.