Our benefits programs touch on a wide range of areas that provide for a healthy work-life balance:

  • Extended health, dental and vision care.
  • Life insurance and disability insurance benefits.
  • Maternity and parental leave supplementary benefits.
  • Tuition waiver program (up to 100%).
  • Financial assistance for computer/peripherals purchase.
  • Employee and family assistance program.
  • Generous vacation allowance and other leaves.
  • Short-term and long-term disability programs designed to provide income protection and support.

To provide an inclusive work environment, Laurier has the following Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) benefits:

  • Personal days, which can be used for childcare or religious accommodations.
  • On-campus prayer space.
  • Diverse on-campus food offerings including Halal and vegan options.
  • Access to smudging and other Indigenous ceremonies.
  • Priority placements at childcare centres.
  • Proactive wellness resources and accommodations available.


Laurier's pension plan is a money purchase plan with a minimum guaranteed pension level. This "hybrid" plan design provides you with better benefit than a more traditional defined-benefit plan, because it enables you to reap the rewards of the plan's investment performance, while having the security of a minimum guaranteed benefit.


Laurier is committed to providing an inclusive workplace. We believe that a healthy, productive workforce is essential to our ability to provide quality service. We recognize that on occasion, employees may experience health conditions that prevent them from attending work.

Sick Leave and Abilities Management Program

Laurier offers both a sick leave and abilities management program that provide income protection and support should an employee be unable to attend work or require an accommodation within the workplace for health reasons, due to non-work related illness or injury.


Staff and faculty receive a discount on memberships to the athletic complex. Upon purchase of a membership, staff and faculty have access to their own change area, fitness centre (and use of the pool and squash courts on the Waterloo campus).

Employee and Family Assistance

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to all Laurier employees and their dependents. It provides confidential, professional counselling services that are free, voluntary and high-quality through Homewood Health Inc.


Every year Laurier hosts a variety of health and well-being focused events including Thrive Week and lunch and learn sessions.