CAPS/ACSP now offers health/dental insurance plans for our Contributing Members through Manulife’s Association Plans with Specialized Benefits Inc. acting as our insurance advisor/broker.

Contributing Members have access to over 20 different Health/Dental Insurance Plans through Manulife, starting at $55/month and offering coverage related to:

  • prescription drugs;
  • eye exams;
  • dental visits;
  • massage;
  • chiropractic;
  • emergency transport (ambulance);
  • family coverage; and
  • travel insurance.

Specialized Benefits Inc. is also happy to offer Contributing Members of CAPS/ACSP the following:

  • Disability/critical illness insurance
  • Life insurance

To learn more about the plans available to CAPS/ACSP Contributing Members or get a free (no-obligation) quote, please contact:

Specialized Benefits Inc. 
Phone: 780.416.2057  or  1.866.444.2057 (toll free)

Follow the instructions below (under Eligibility) to access the insurance plans for CAPS/ACSP Contributing Members and contact if you have any questions. 


Specialized Benefits Inc. is now happy to provide health/dental insurance coverage to CAPS/ACSP Contributing Members in all provinces in Canada!


To be eligible for enrollment in any Insurance Plans offered to CAPS/ACSP Members, you must:

  1. Register as a regular member of CAPS/ACSP for free – the appropriate registration forms can be found here – NOTE: only Active or Alumni Members of CAPS/ACSP (i.e., current or former “Canadian” postdocs) are eligible!
  2. Join (and do not unsubscribe from) the National Postdoc Registry when completing your membership registration.
  3.  Request access to the CAPS/ACSP Contributing Members Plan – click here for more information and instructions.

To confirm your eligibility and/or request more information about the insurance plans available to CAPS/ACSP Contributing Members email

Low-income Waiver

Active and Alumni Members (i.e., current and former Canadian postdocs) who do not belong to a Contributing Affiliate Organization and who truly cannot afford to pay the one-time $50 Contributing Members fee can request that CAPS/ACSP waive the Contributing Member requirement for eligibility for any of the insurance plans offered to CAPS/ACSP Members.

Please send requests for a low-income waiver to including a brief explanation of your financial situation along with any evidence you are comfortable submitting. All information related to waivers and waiver requests will be treated as strictly private and confidential and there are no specific requirements with respect to evidence. The CAPS/ACSP Executive Council will approve up to 10 waiver requests at each monthly Executive meeting based on anonymized information.

These waivers are for those who are truly in need, so please do not apply for a waiver unless you meet the requirements and your financial situation is grim. Each waiver we approve for someone who can afford to pay is a waiver that is not going to a person who truly needs it.