Total Compensation

At Dalhousie, Total Compensation covers Payroll & Benefits, Pension, Compensation and Data and Systems Management. The team works to support the Dalhousie community and help deliver on some of the core features of the university’s commitment to its people.


Collective agreements: Most of Dalhousie's salary levels and scales are established through collective bargaining with its employee groups, and outlined in collective agreements. (exception: Dalhousie Professional and Managerial Group, DPMG, which is non-unionized) Visit Labour Relations for more details about each collective agreement.

December holiday break: The time between the statutory holidays of Christmas and New Year’s is granted to employees as days off separate from their standard vacation allotment. 


The terms of Dalhousie's group benefits packages are considered through the Dalhousie University Employee Benefits Committee. The committee considers all matters relating to benefit programs for faculty and staff, and works together to bring forward common changes. Visit Benefits for each employee group's benefit package and details.


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While most pension plans integrate or are offset by payments from the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), the Dalhousie Pension Plan is “stackable,” which means employees keep the full Dalhousie pension amount in addition to the CPP payments. This plan is especially attractive given the Government of Canada’s plan to enhance CPP contributions over the next seven years that would translate into more retirement income for Dalhousie employees.

Visit the Pension Plan for more details.