Benefits

The Benefits and Pension manager is responsible for the management and administration of a variety of employee benefit plans including: Medical & Dental Plans; Life Insurance Plans; Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plans; Pension Plans; Wellness Funds and an Employee Assistance Program.

Benefits and Pension Manager
Cheryl Rushton
Phone: 896-5729 Fax: 897-8948


CUPE, Non-Union and NSGEU employees are represented by their respective Employee Benefits & Wellness Committee. Benefits & Wellness Committee Members are dedicated to the education of members, act as a source of information and are advocates of employee concerns. We aim to promote a healthy lifestyle by offering the support and resources necessary to achieve employee wellness. For a list of Benefits and Wellness Committee members representing your employee group, please see the attachment at the bottom of the page.

NSTU employees have a Benefits and Wellness Committee through the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union. Please visit the NSTU website for more information.

Medical and Dental Plans

CUPE, NSGEU and Non-Union Employees are provided with medical and dental coverage through Medavie Blue Cross. Employees who qualify for this coverage may only be exempted from contribution if proof of spousal coverage under another comparable group plan is provided.  For more information, see the Blue Cross Benefits Summary at the bottom of this page, or visit the BlueCross Website.

NSTU Employees are provided with medical and dental coverage through Johnson’s insurance. For more information, visit Johnson’s Insurance Website

Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Long-Term Disability (LTD)

CUPE, Non-Union and NSGEU employees are provided with Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D coverage through Sun Life Assurance. In addition, NSGEU and Non-Union employees are provided with Long-Term Disability coverage through Sun Life Assurance. For more information, see the Sun Life Benefits summary at the bottom of the page.

NSTU employees are provided with Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, AD&D and Long-Term Disability through Johnson's Insurance. The Nova Scotia Teachers' Union offers an Early Intervention Program which provides support and assistance to NSTU members who are working or on paid sick leave and are experiencing illness or injury. For more information, visit Johnson’s Insurance Website or the NSTU website.

All documents and forms can be found by searching "Human Resources" via the Document Depot.

Pension Plans

CUPE

All regular full time and eligible part-time CUPE employees are enrolled in the Nova Scotia School Board Association (NSSBA) Pension Plan. Eligible part-time employees are those who have completed two (2) calendar years of service with CCRSB and have worked at least 300 hours in each year.

Contribution rates for the plan are determined based on the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE). If your salary is below the YMPE, your contribution rate is 8.5% of your salary. If your salary is above the YMPE, your contribution rate is 11% of your salary. The YMPE for 2017 is set at $55,300. CCRSB matches your contribution to the pension plan.

For more information, please see the CUPE Pension document at the bottom of the page or contact Cheryl Rushton, Benefits and Wellness Manager.

NSGEU and Non-Union

All regular full time and eligible part-time NSGEU and Non-Union employees are enrolled in the Nova Scotia Superannuation Plan. Eligible part-time employees are those who usually work at least 700 hours per year or earn at least 35% of the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE).

The YMPE and contribution rates are set by the Nova Scotia Pension Agency (NSPA) which is mandated by the Minister of Finance. The amount you contribute to your pension is dependent on your salary. If your salary is below the YMPE, your contribution rate is 8.4% of your salary. If your salary is above the YMPE, your contribution rate is 10.9% of your salary. The YMPE for 2017 is set at $55,300. CCRSB matches your contribution to the pension plan.

For more information, please visit the NSPA website or contact Cheryl Rushton, Benefits and Wellness Manager.

NSTU

All permanent and substitute teachers are enrolled in the Nova Scotia Teachers Pension Plan. The amount you contribute to your pension is dependent on your salary. If your salary is below the YMPE, your contribution rate is 11.3% of your salary. If your salary is above the YMPE, your contribution rate is 12.9% of your salary. The YMPE for 2017 is set at $55,300. The province matches your contribution to the pension plan.

For more information, please visit the NSPA Teacher's website or contact Tara Henderson, NSTU Payroll.

All documents and forms can be found by searching "Human Resources" via the Document Depot.

Employee Assistance Programs


The more complex life becomes, the more challenges we all face - at home and at work. Sometimes those challenges become stressful and even overwhelming, but who do you turn to for help?

CUPE, Non-Union and NSGEU Employees are provided with an EAP through Shepell-FGI.  Shepell-FGI is a voluntary, confidential, short-term counseling and advisory service that connect you and your eligible family members to a network of dedicated professionals who are available to give you assistance 24 hours a day.

For more information, see the Shepell-fgi Brochure.

For immediate, confidential help contact the EAP provider 24 hours/day; 7 days a week:
Phone: 1-800-387-4765
TTY Service: 1-877-338-0275
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NSTU Employees are provided with an Early Intervention Program (EIP) through the Nova Scotia Teaches' Union. EIP is a voluntary program for NSTU members while they are working or on paid sick leave and experiencing illness or injury. For more information, visit the NSTU website or call 1-800-565-6788.

All documents and forms can be found by searching "Human Resources" via the Document Depot.

This website provides brief descriptions of the benefits and general provisions of your Group Contracts.  If there is any inconsistency between this website and the actual provisions of the contract, the provisions in the Group Contracts shall apply.