The following employees are eligible for benefits:
- Regular employees (full and part-time).
- Auxiliary employees who've completed 1,827 hours of work in 33 pay periods with the same ministry.
- Auxiliary employees (BCGEU only) who have worked three consecutive years with the same ministry without a loss of seniority and have 1,200 hours of straight-time in the past 26 pay periods.
For information about when coverage begins, please read Benefits for Bargaining Unit Employees - When Does Coverage Begin? and Benefits for Excluded Employees - When Does Coverage Begin?
The following dependants are eligible:
- A same or opposite sex, legal or common-law spouse.
- Children under the age of 19 or full-time students under the age of 25.
- Children with mental or physical disabilities over the age of 19.
See your benefits guide for more information.
To include a common-law spouse (opposite or same sex), you'll sign a declaration or affidavit that you've been living in a common-law relationship or cohabiting for at least 12 months. The cohabitation period may be less than 12 months if you claimed the common-law spouse's child/children for tax purposes.
You have to wait 12 months between removing a former common-law spouse and adding a new one. This waiting period only applies in this case; it doesn't apply when you're going from a legal spouse to a common-law spouse, legal spouse to a legal spouse, or common-law spouse to a legal spouse.
Health & Welfare Allowance (Auxiliary Employees)
In lieu of health and welfare benefits, auxiliary employees receive a compensation allowance. Refer to the Work Related Expenses & Allowances page for rate information.