Good news! Trans* members of the United Church’s benefits plan have new benefits and rights.
In 2009, the United Church created a Trans and Gender Diversity Task Group (2009-2011). Their final report in early 2012 asked the church to “research the cost of providing extended physical and mental health coverage for persons in gender transition who are employed by the United Church of Canada, and to make the coverage available.”
After a lot of work by many current and former staff, the Executive of the General Council approved the recommendation from the Permanent Committee on Ministry and Employment Policies and Services to extend some financial support for benefit plan members who are transgender and are transitioning. Working in combination with provincial health care, the financial support will be administered via Green Shield.
Plan members who want more information are encouraged to e-mail:
MinistryandEmployment@united-church.ca The Ministry and Employment staff would appreciate hearing back about things they can improve on, and what things are well done. They want to ensure the best experience possible for Plan members and their dependents. So please help them out!