Total Rewards

Our competitive total rewards package demonstrates our commitment to recruit, retain and develop outstanding leaders, faculty and staff. We position ourselves competitively in our marketplace while ensuring we recognize the outstanding contributions of our employees.


We offer a competitive wage package reflective of your qualifications with the opportunity for performance-based pay. Learn more.


Employee benefits support the University’s total rewards and wellness principles in creating an environment that supports overall physical and mental well-being of our employees.

We offer a comprehensive benefit package for employees that includes:


  • Health
  • Dental
  • Flexible Spending
  • Disability (if eligible)
  • Basic Life


  • Drug
  • Basic Dental
  • Basic Life


We offer new employees enrolment in one of our Defined Contribution (DC) Pension Plans or Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Plans.

A Defined Contribution Pension Plan is a tax-deferred savings vehicle that allows contributions to accumulate for use as retirement income. Earnings in the plan accumulate tax-free until retirement. Both you and the U of S contribute equally to the Plan and these contributions are invested. The retirement income accumulated depends on the amount of money contributed and the performance of the investment vehicles you choose.

The Defined Benefit Pension Plan, available to CUPE 1975 employees only, is designed to provide you with a regular monthly income after retirement. A Defined Benefit plan provides you with a pension calculated according to a set formula based on Pensionable Earnings and years of Pensionable Service. Both you and the University contribute equally to the plan.

Research Pension Plan (DC)

  • Salaried full-time or part-time employees (0.5 FTE or greater):
    • Participation is mandatory if you have an appointment of greater than 6 months
  • Part-time pension eligible employees:
    • You can choose to join if you’ve been employed by the University for 24 continuous months and, in each of the two previous calendar years, have earned at least 35% of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings.

2000 Academic Money Purchase Pension Plan (DC)

  • Salaried full-time or part-time employees (0.5 FTE or greater):
    • Participation is mandatory if you have an appointment of greater than 6 months

Non-Academic Pension Plan (DB)

You are eligible to participate in the University of Saskatchewan Non-Academic Pension Plan if you are an employee who works at least half-time and who is:

  • a permanent or seasonal employee, or
  • a term employee who has been employed continuously in the same position for more than one year and who has worked a total of two consecutive years


The University of Saskatchewan is striving to create an environment that promotes the well-being for all who study and work at all of our campuses. We offer services to help you maintain a positive work-life balance and help you achieve optimal mental health.

Wellness Resources

Wellness Resources is committed to helping faculty and staff achive their optimal wellness and workplace productivity. They work to ensure medical accommodations, medical absences, disability benefit management and other wellness needs are all handled in a discrete and timely manner and develop and implement wellness strategies, programs, workshops and initiatives. Learn more.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

Our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides free, confidential 24/7 service for university faculty and staff and their families. It offers short-term counselling, work-life solutions, legal and financial advice, health coaching and crisis intervention services.

Services include: 

  • confidential counselling
  • financial information and resources
    • debt counselling
    • tax questions
    • retirement planning
  • legal support and resources
    • divorce and family law
    • real estate transactions
    • landlord/tenant issues
  • work-life solutions
    • chlid care
    • elder care
    • moving and relocation
  • wellness
    • nutrtion
    • weight loss
    • quit smoking

Online Resources

GuidanceResources Online offers expert, online information on the issues that matter most to you—relationships, work, children, wellness, legal, financial and more.

Wellness Strategy

We are currently developing a new wellness strategy that will shift our university to a stronger place of wellness by bringing awareness and support to the campus community. Learn more.

On campus physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic services

The Student Health Centre offers faculty and staff the convenience of  physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic services on campus. These services may be covered by your benefit plan. Learn more.

Campus Pharmacy

The U of S has an on-campus pharmacy, conveniently located in Upper Place Riel,  available to you. Refill a prescription, get your flu-shot or seek helpful advice from a qualified pharmacy member. Learn more.