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Welcome to your source for Faculty of Health Sciences human resources information.

We are a cohort in the vision of the Faculty. Working with our partners within the Faculty and beyond, we are responsible for recruiting a large and diverse number of individuals locally, nationally and internationally. We support the over 1,600 staff members (both full and part-time) as well as, 770 full-time and 1,800 part-time faculty members who help the Faculty to accomplish its mission and vision. These are dispersed amongst the Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Departmental administrators managing human resources matters may find tools, forms and guidance in the Resources for Administrators section designed especially for you.

We welcome and encourage you to explore our Faculty of Health Sciences website to learn more about benefits, employment and career opportunities, training and development services, policies, workplace programs and employee resources, as well as life on campus, in the Faculty, and the Hamilton community.



SunLife - New Out-of-Province Emergency Assistance Provider-Allianz-Effective October 3, 2016

McMaster University benefit provider, Sun Life, will be changing their out-of-province emergency assistance provider effective Monday October 3rd, 2016. The provider for claims outside of Canada and the US is moving from Europ Assistance to Allianz; there are no other changes to the coverage for all benefit eligible employees. Over the next month, Sun Life will be updating their website and reference material to reflect this change.

The phone number for within Canada and the USA remains the same: 1-800-511-4610. To call from anywhere else you can call collect through an international operator: 1-519-514-0351.

Sun Life offers a variety of ways to access information about your travel benefit including a printable travel card, a downloadable card for your Apple Wallet and My Sun Life Mobile app found on

We encourage you to visit after October 3rd, to log in to "my Sun Life" and print a Temporary Travel Card with up to date contact information. You can also familiarize yourself with the services offered online, through "my Sun Life" including online claims submission and the ability to view all your benefit information quickly and easily.


How To Read Your 2016 Penison Statement

Your statement includes important information concerning your McMaster Pension benefits. The first section of your new pension statement lists your entitlements under the McMaster Pension Plan. You will note that the information is provided as at June 30, 2015, that’s because the Plan Year for the McMaster Pension Plans runs from July 1 to June 30 of each year.

The first section of your Pension Statement describes:

  • Your pensionable service accrued since June 30, 2015 (for the Plan Year) and Total Pensionable Service since you joined the Plan; and
  • Your annual retirement pension payable at your Normal Retirement Date (to find your Normal Retirement Date, refer to the last page of your pension statement); and
  • Your contributions to the Plan.

You may have noticed that for those eligible employees, the bridge benefit is no longer listed. The pension statement is designed to show you your benefit entitlements at your Normal Retirement Date, at which point bridge is not be payable. To understand your bridge benefit entitlements, please see your Pension Highlights documents or Pension Plan Text available online.

There are additional sections which provide you with more information about the pension plans which can also be found within your Pension Highlights documents or Pension Plan Text available on the following website:


The last page provides you information pertaining to your personal details.  Here are a couple of key definitions that will assist you in reading this page.

  • Normal Retirement Date: This is the first day of the month in which a Member of the Salaried Plan attains age sixty-five (65). For Members of the Hourly Plan, this is the first day of the month next following the date the Member attains age 65.
  • Earliest Retirement Date: This is the first day of any month during the ten (10) year period preceding the Normal Retirement Date.
  • Earliest Unreduced Retirement Date: This is your "Rule" or your Special Retirement Date as defined in your employee group's Pension Highlights document or Pension Plan Text available at

It is important to review all information and ensure it is correct. Please share any updates with your Human Resources area office. As this is the first year printing statements under a new pension system, we appreciate your patience as we conduct a comprehensive review of the records.

Whenever you have a significant life event, make sure you review and update your beneficiary designation(s) for all your benefits plans. Here's how to update them all.




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