U of G Staff Coverage

U of G Staff Coverage


The below is general information about paramedical services covered by the University of Guelph staff benefits, please check the details and eligibility requirements of your specific benefit package to be sure you are covered.

Services of the following licensed, registered paramedical practitioners. A physician’s prescription, referral or letter is not required.  (No Physician’s referral Required)

  • Chiropractors, osteopaths, and naturopaths, limited to $20 a visit to a maximum of $300 per practitioner per calendar year, if no portion of the service is covered under Provincial Health Insurance; also, up to $15 per calendar year for one X-ray by a chiropractor or osteopath. For expenses to be covered, the osteopath must be a Doctor of Osteopathy, a physician with additional qualifications in osteopathy. An osteopath with only a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) is not covered
  • Acupuncturists, up to $300 per calendar year.
  • Massage therapists, to a maximum of $30 per visit, up to 15 treatments per calendar year

Services of the following licensed, registered paramedical practitioners. Prior to incurring a claim obtain a physician’s prescription, referral or letter.  (Physician’s Referral Required)

  • Physiotherapists (100% with physician’s referral)
  • Orthotics for the correction of deformity of bones and muscles, provided they are not solely for athletic use, and are prescribed by a physician, podiatrist, chiropodist, or chiropractor. The current reasonable and customary coverage allows for one pair of Last Revised: October 2020 10 orthotics every 24 months (subject to a maximum); based on the date on which your orthotics are paid in full.

Taxable Wellness Spending Account (TWSA) - $200 per calendar year

Supports health and wellness for employees only (i.e. spouses/dependents are not eligible).  This account can be used to pay for items including but not limited to fitness club membership fees, fitness or sporting equipment, personal training sessions, nutritional counselling, weight loss programs, smoking cessation programs, legal advice and/or financial advice.  Wellness spending account reimbursements are taxable benefits and will be reported on annual T4 statements of the employee.  Income tax related to this benefit will not be deducted from an employee's pay.  Any required tax will be payable at the time the employee files their annual income tax return.