Flexible Credits

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Postdoctoral Fellows (represented by PSAC) and Postdoctoral Associates are provided with $1,400 in Flexible Credits to be allocated between a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and a Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) Account.

By default, the allocation will be $1,400 to your Health Care Spending Account.

Health Care Spending Account

A Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) is to reimburse expenditures on health, dental, vision and other medical expenses incurred under non-taxable private health services plans, including eligible premiums to other eligible health insurance plans (eg. UHIP).

Eligible expenses include expenses that qualify for the medical expense tax credit, as defined by the Income Tax Act (Canada) and its Regulations.

Manulife Financial is the administrator for this benefit. You may seek reimbursement for medical expenses incurred by submitting online or by completing a HCSA Claim Form and sending it to Manulife Financial. If you don’t use all the credits allocated to your HCSA in the calendar year, the remaining credits will be carried forward and added to any credits for the following year. At the end of the second calendar year, tax law requires that any credits remaining from the previous calendar year’s allocation be forfeited.

Professional Expense Reimbursement Account

A Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) Account is to reimburse expenditures on conference registration, conference travel and accommodation, to purchase a computer or software, and for other expenses.

Western Financial Services is the administrator for this benefit.  Further details concerning claims eligibility and claims procedures can be found on the Financial Services website.

Financial Services - Post Doctoral PER Information

If you don’t use all the credits allocated to your PER in the calendar year, the remaining credits will be carried forward one year.

Claims for any given year must be submitted by March 31st of the following year. For example, 2019 PER expenses must be claimed by March 31, 2020.


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