Graduate students’ health and dental insurance plan includes coverage for professional health services, prescription drugs, dental care, eye examinations and glasses, and travel insurance. This plan is provided to GSAÉD’s members via the Canadian Federation of Students’ National Student Health Network. Greenshield Insurance, Canada’s only not-for-profit insurance provider, offers the most comprehensive set of benefits available for a campus health and dental plan.
The coverage period is from September 1 to August 31. All full-time students starting in September are automatically covered under the plan. Part-time students and students starting in January can opt-in. Students can also pay a supplemental premium to cover their spouse or family.
*FALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE – OCTOBER 28, 2022
*WINTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – FEBRUARY 10, 2023
If you wish to opt out of the health and/or dental insurance plan, the only way to do so is via your uoZone account. From there, click on Finances and jobs , choose Opt-out and provide the information requested by the insurance company. You must apply to opt out every school year that you do not want insurance coverage through the GSAÉD. You have to enter information regarding your comparable coverage with another insurance plan. A confirmation will be sent to you and a credit will be applied automatically to your uOttawa student account. Please note that the provincially administered health plans (OHIP, QHIP, and UHIP) do not constitute comparable coverage for the purposes of deregistration from the Greenshield group insurance offered by the GSAÉD.
Mental Health Support
Please visit the Mental Health Page in the link below.
Academic Project Funds
If you participate in conferences as a graduate student, you may be eligible for a GSAÉD Academic Project Fund (APF). This fund covers your accommodation and meals during the conference up to a maximum of $400. One APF application is permitted for Master’s-level students, and two applications are for doctoral-level students.
*Please download and fill the APF expense form required for the online application below.
You may apply for a group Academic Project Fund (APF) if your departmental association organizes a conference sponsored by your faculty, school or department.
The GSAÉD’s emergency grants are meant to assist graduate students registered in a graduate studies program at the University of Ottawa who are in dire financial need due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. illness, fire, theft, family emergency). The maximum amount one can receive through the emergency grant program is $250.
An e-grant does not need to be repaid because it is not a loan. However, if the student who received the grant can repay it, we strongly encourage her or him to do so in order to allow other students to receive an e-grant.
Whether they’re students, staff, faculty or administration, parents on campus now have a private and secure location to breastfeed their children on campus thanks to the Graduate Students’ Association’s student-parent advocacy and work with the University of Ottawa since January 2014.
The nursing room is located in the University Center in room 230E on the second floor. The room is accessible by a code available at the GSAED office (or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org), the Women’s Resource Centre, the UOSU, and the Community Life office. The room is equipped with two comfortable chairs, a changing table, a microwave, a fridge, free diapers and children’s toys. The room is also secured with a safety phone line that connects to Protection Services in case of an emergency.
The nursing room is accessible to anyone on campus who wishes to breastfeed or just spend some quiet time with their baby or toddler.
GSAÉD provides official uOttawa business cards to graduate students. Cards are offered in English and/or French. To place your order during the COVID lockdowns please contact us at email@example.com.
Orders require seven business days to process and we only accept credit card payments.
A minimum order of 100 cards, and costs vary based on order size:
- 100 cards: $ 19.91
- 200 cards: $ 21.65
- 250 cards: $ 22.72
- 300 cards: $ 24.07
- 400 cards: $ 26.08
- 500 cards: $ 28.80
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The Canadian Federation of Students-Services offers a number of programs and services in order to meet the unique needs of students and to help students’ union save money. By combining students’ unions’ promotional material orders from across the country, we can achieve economies of scale. By purchasing in bulk, we can buy high-quality materials at substantially lower prices than any campus organisation could secure individually. By dealing directly with manufacturers, like the Single Mothers’ Cooperative of El Salvador, the Canadian Federation of Students brings workers and purchasers closer together so that we know exactly how our materials are made.
Fair Trade and Union-Made
Through this service, students’ unions like the GSAÉD directly impact the shape of the promotional materials industry. When we purchase union or cooperatively made materials, other companies feel obligated to offer products that are made under ethical conditions and respect workers’ rights to organize.
Holding a sweatshop-free event or adopting a sweatshop-free purchasing policy is an easy way to reduce the impact on the environment and promote ethical labour standards. This service provides students’ unions with union and cooperatively made materials to ensure that our campuses are sweat-free.
With certain minimum order sizes, the GSAÉD can purchase mugs, water bottles, pens, highlighters, lanyards, buttons, t-shirts, tote bags, and notebooks, with or without customised artwork.
If you would like to place an order on behalf of your departmental students’ association, or for questions or inquiries about the ethical purchasing service, contact the student life & equityCommissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Student Identity Card
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is a service offered by GSAÉD due to our membership in the Canadian Federation of Students. It identifies you as a student worldwide and offers you discounts in Canada and abroad. To obtain an ISIC card, visit the office of the GSAÉD in room GSD 204. During COVID19 lockdown periods, please contact us by email at email@example.com to obtain your card.
For more information on discounts and offers, please vite the ISIC Website in the link below.
GSAÉD is pleased to offer graduate students the possibility to rent study rooms and the multi-purpose room in our newly constructed Grad House (601 Cumberland).
You may reserve at the front desk or by submitting a completed Grad House Event Space Application.
Multipurpose room 307
This multipurpose room is equipped with a projector and screen. It is perfect for a panel, a workshop or even a movie night. It seats 35 people, but the total capacity is 55. It is only available from 17:30 to 22:00 (exceptionally 23:00) during the week.
If you require the access to the multimedia tower (USB ports), be sure to get the e-card from Multimedia Services at least 48 hours before you require the room.
Note that a Special Occasions Permit is required if you are planning to sell or serve alcohol at your event in GSD 307. For information on how to obtain this permit, contact the Café Nostalgica Manager.
To inquire about room availability for GSD 307, please contact the Administration and Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613.562.5935.
Study Room 209
This study room has a capacity of eight people (with tables and chairs) or 13 people (chairs only). It contains an oval table and chairs. It is suited for committee meetings and group study.
To inquire about room availability for GSD 209, please contact the Administration and Services Coordinator at email@example.com or at 613.562.5935.
This room cannot be rented, but it always open for graduate students to use. You’ll find comfortable couches and armchairs, tables, a microwave, and a kids’ section.
UFile.ca is one of Canada’s leading online tax filing services. Despite the normal pricing for Ufile’s service – starting at $15.95 per use – members of the Canadian Federation of Students, which includes us, can use the tax filing programme for free all year round.
How to file a tax form
To file for free, members must:
Sign in to a new or existing UFile account for the current tax yearEnter tuition fees and months at school (must file T2202a)Local the “Special Offer” form in UFile’s left hand navigationEnter the special offer code: CFS1981
(note: entering the code CFS1981 at check-out will not discount the tax file, the student must enter the code in the Special Offer section.)
Weekend & Statutory Holidays Parking Pass
Please use the link below to obtain your uOttawa Parking Pass for weekends and statutory holidays. Note that this parking pass, once received, is not transferable to any other vehicle.
Parking Locations: https://tinyurl.com/y6x4a2zs