Dear Eligible Staff and Faculty,
As UBC follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, I would like to provide an update on the status of remote work arrangements and one-time financial assistance for certain office equipment.
Although UBC has introduced a COVID-19 safety planning process for the gradual resumption of activity on our campuses, many faculty and staff continue to work remotely – and will do so for the foreseeable future. Remote working may have meant that some faculty and staff needed to purchase office equipment, in order to have a productive and ergonomically satisfactory remote working space.
In light of these circumstances, UBC will provide financial assistance for certain office equipment in the form of a reimbursement of up to $400 – available on a one-time basis.
This reimbursement is for eligible faculty and staff who, at some point between March 16, 2020 and December 4, 2020, were required to purchase personal computer and/or home office equipment to enable them to effectively work from home due to the impact of COVID-19.
Please note that items for which you have already received a reimbursement are not eligible to be claimed for reimbursement again.
For further full details about eligible items and the reimbursement process, visit:
Please note: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers personal computer and home office equipment to be capital in nature, and a reimbursement for such items would normally be taxable. However, in the context of COVID-19, the CRA has made an exception for the 2020 tax year, allowing reimbursements for personal computer equipment and home office equipment to be granted on a tax-free basis, provided the equipment is needed in order to perform duties of employment at home.