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.

Benefit Plans

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 eligible 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 USask 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

Other benefits

Pregnancy/Adoption/Parental Leave

Eligible employees can take a pregnancy, adoption or parental leave of up to 52 weeks. This leave may be taken at your discretion before and/or after the birth or adoption of your child but is normally taken within 52 weeks of the birth or adoption of the child. Some employee groups will have their wage topped up to 95% for a part of your leave.

Tuition waiver

Eligible faculty and staff can take classes where tuition is waived or reimbursed.

Professional Development Fund

Eligible faculty and staff receive annual funding to help pay for activities that will enhance your work performance, ability or effectiveness. This can include conferences, training courses or professional memberships.


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


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 achieve 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. 

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
    • child care
    • elder care
    • moving and relocation
  • wellness
    • nutrition
    • weight loss
    • quit smoking

Fitness Facilities

Our Physical Activity Complex is a state of the art fitness facility that caters largely to students, faculty, and staff.

Cost of the fitness membership is an eligible expense under the Personal Spending Account or the Flexible Spending Program. Some employment groups receive free membership.


Once you become part of the University of Saskatchewan family, you will be able to enjoy all the great perks available for faculty and staff. We have world-class fitness facilities within your reach, paths to explore our beautiful campus and resources to help your achieve work-life balance.

Campus Daycare

The Campus Daycare centre offers licensed care for the children of USask students, staff and faculty. The facility has room for 44 children between 30 and 60 months (two and a half to six years old). Email or call the centre for more information:

The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) also offers spots to faculty and staff if spaces are available. Learn more.

Microsoft Employee Advantage

The Microsoft Employee Advantage program allows eligible USask faculty and staff to install and use the latest desktop versions of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac on up to five devices (including work and personal). In addition, Microsoft Employee Advantage also allows access to the mobile version of Office on up to 5 tablets and up to 5 phones per user.

LinkedIn Learning

All USask faculty, staff and students have free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, an online training resource containing thousands of videos on the latest software tools and skills. Learn more.

Bus Pass

USask offers an Eco Pass to eligible employees. The Eco Pass is a regular adult bus pass which costs 40% less than a normal adult bus pass and offers the same riding privileges. You pay for your Eco Pass by monthly payroll deduction and can pick up your pass at the Parking and Transportation Services office. Learn more.

Retail Services discounts

USask offers you an education discount on some computer packages, books, art supplies and textbooks through USask’s Retail Services. Learn more.

Animal Clinic discounts

As an employee of USask, you’re eligible to receive a 10% discount on all services and pet food and a 5% discount for lab fees. The Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) offers primary clinical services such as vaccinations and regular checkups, plus it provides a range of specialized services including medical imaging, internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dentistry, ophthalmology, reproduction services, acupuncture and rehabilitation. VMC offers 24-hour emergency and critical care and serves as the referral center for veterinarians across Western Canada. The discount doesn’t apply to the cost of drugs. Learn more.

University Club

As an employee, you can purchase a membership to the University Club for lunches, suppers and special events. Learn more.

Food Services – many on-campus choices

As an employee of USask  you have access to many on-campus choices for meals. For your convenience, you can sign up for an employee meal plan or a cash card to make purchases easily. Learn more.


  • Relocation Expenses
  • Housing Assistance
  • Spouse/Partner Career Program