Benefits and Perks

At Laurier, we are committed to supporting our staff and faculty with benefits and perks that contribute to their health and well-being, and personal and professional development opportunities. 

Our benefits and perks programs touch on a wide range of areas that promote a healthy work-life balance and provide our faculty and staff with the resources to thrive.


Benefits and Pension 

Benefits Program

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.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Benefits

To provide an inclusive work environment, Laurier has the following 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 Kii by CloudMD.


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


Joining Laurier means you have access to a variety of perks that are unique to the Laurier employee experience. Laurier strives to provide supports that allow for flexibility and help to foster community, well-being, work-life balance and personal growth.


  • Fitness centre discounts for faculty and staff.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Priority access to childcare services.
  • On-campus bike sharing stations.
  • On-campus electric vehicle (EV) charging station.
  • Free music at noon: local, national and international artists perform.
  • Soup lunches at the Indigenous Student Centre.
  • Indigenous Circle Room and community gardens.
  • Annual Indigenist Research Symposium.
  • Staff development day.
  • Prayer and quiet spaces; including Jumu'ah service on Fridays.
  • Organized volunteer opportunities in the community.
  • New employee, manager and faculty onboarding programs.
  • Mentorship opportunities.
  • On-going professional development opportunities connected to our employee success factors.
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Professional Development

Recognizing the value of our employees as trusted partners, Human Resources collaborates with leaders at Laurier to facilitate the process of building capacity and delivering solutions to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness and growth through the following programs and services.