Compensation and benefits for employees

Compensation and Benefits are serviced through the Regional Human Resources Employee Service Centre (HR Service Centre).

Eastern Health understands how important it is for employees to feel confident that they are receiving the correct salary and benefits. Our goal is to provide our employees with the highest level of service regarding their salary, benefits, pension and personnel file.

Health benefits

Employees may be entitled to group insurance, which includes:

  • life insurance,
  • accidental death and dismemberment insurance,
  • health insurance,
  • dental insurance,
  • critical illness, and
  • long-term disability.

The HR Service Centre helps employees determine their insurance eligibility and makes changes to group insurance benefits such as beneficiary changes and addition of family members to plans.

Temporary employees

The HR Service Centre also conducts an annual audit for temporary employees to check to see if they meet the eligibility for group insurance benefits.

To be eligible, an employee needs to have worked greater than 975 hours (for 75 hour bi-weekly positions) or 910 hours (for 70 hour bi-weekly positions) in the previous calendar year. If the eligibility criteria is met, an employee will be eligible fro group insurance benefits on April 1st of the following year.


As an Eastern Health employee, it is mandatory to be enrolled in a Pension Plan.

Full-time employees

Employees who are in full time continuous positions for greater than four calendar months are enrolled in the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP). The primary objective of the PSPP is to provide a secure, lifetime retirement income to its members. Under the Plan, pensions are calculated based on a percentage of years of pensionable service and earnings.

As members of the PSPP, employees are required to make contributions toward the funding of their pension benefits. The PSPP is integrated with the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) on earnings up to the year’s maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE).

For more information on the PSPP, please visit

Temporary call-in, part-time and casual employees

Temporary call-in, part time and casual employees are enrolled into the Government Money Purchase Plan (GMPP).

The GMPP is a Defined Contribution Plan where members make contributions that are matched by their employer and deposited into individual accounts with Great West Life (Group Retirement Services). Members may select from several investment options and with the assistance of trained professionals, can develop a personal investment strategy suited to their goals and expectations.

For more information on the GMPP, please visit

Collective agreements

At Eastern Health, we value the contributions and support from our unions to our workforce. Below are links to collective agreements at Eastern Health:

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Last updated: 2021-07-04