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Alberta Public Service benefits programs

Find information on the MyCHOICE and 1stchoice benefits programs for government employees.


Benefit plans help government employees pay for health services that are not part of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, which provides universal health care for all Albertans. The benefit plans also provide disability and life insurance services.

The Alberta Public Service offers 2 benefits programs for employees, based on their type of employment:

  • MyCHOICE Benefits Program for Government of Alberta Bargaining Unit (union) employees
  • 1stchoice Benefits Program for management, opted out and excluded government employees

Both plans include:

  • Group Life Insurance Plan
  • ​​​Dental Plan
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Extended Medical Benefits Plan
  • Long Term Disability Income Continuance (LTDI) Plan


Read more about your plan and coverage options in the:

Premium rates

The premiums are deducted on a bi-weekly basis from the employee's bi-weekly salary. There are separate bi-weekly premium rates for Core (single or family) or Enhanced (single or family) coverage for each of the plans. Family rates will include the employee and all eligible dependents who are enrolled.

Premiums for different plan choices are available in the following rate sheets:


Termination of Benefits for Non-payment of Premiums While on Leave Without Pay

Employees granted a leave without pay who are currently covered by the Dental, Prescription Drug, Extended Medical, and/or the Group Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) plans will continue to be covered by these plans for the duration of the leave. The employee and employer will continue to pay their respective benefit premiums for these plans for the duration of the leave.

Failure by the employee to remit premiums when due will result in termination of benefits for the employee and all enrolled dependents. For full details, refer to the Termination of Benefits for Non-Payment of Premiums Guideline.

Group Life Insurance

The Government of Alberta employee group life insurance policy provides coverage for:

  • Core Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance, which is mandatory and cost-shared by your employer
  • Paid Up Life Insurance for eligible retired or terminated employees (for employees who have accrued service prior to April 1, 2012), which is funded by your Core Life insurance and provided at no cost to you

You can choose to pay for optional, additional coverage:

  • Enhanced life insurance
  • Dependent life insurance

Refer to the benefit handbooks (linked above) to explore the coverage options available to you.

Critical Illness Insurance

Critical Illness Insurance applies to employees age 18 to 65 who are covered under the "1st choice" Enhanced Life Insurance policy.

For more details, see Critical Illness Insurance.

Dental Plan

The Dental Plan provides coverage for 3 types of services:

  • basic care
  • major services
  • orthodontic care

Different levels of coverage are available to help you tailor your dental benefits to meet your and your family's needs.

Refer to the benefit handbooks (linked above) to explore the dental coverage options available to you.

Prescription Drug Plan

The Prescription Drug Plan helps make medication costs more manageable.

Refer to the benefit handbooks (linked above) to explore the prescription drug coverage options available to you.

Extended Medical Benefits Plan

Extended medical benefits help you pay for certain medical services, supplies and products that either are not covered, or have limited coverage, under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP).

Refer to the benefit handbooks (linked above) to explore the extended medical services coverage options available to you.

Long Term Disability Income Continuance (LTDI) Plan

See the Long Term Disability Income Continuance page.

Health Spending Account

The Health Spending Account (HSA) is a non-taxable benefit that complements the traditional group benefit program (1stchoice) to help you manage your health-related expenses. Employees eligible to participate in the 1stchoice group benefits program are eligible for the HSA.

Credits can be used to cover health and dental expenses that are either partially covered or are not covered by the benefit programs and are considered eligible by the Canada Revenue Agency.

HSA Guide

For more information on how the HSA works, which expenses are eligible, and how to make a claim, see the HSA Guide relevant to you.

For information about specific circumstances and cases, see:

Flexible Spending Account

The Government of Alberta Bargaining Unit has implemented a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for Bargaining Unit (union) employees effective April 1, 2020. If you are eligible to participate in the MyCHOICE group benefits program, you are eligible for the FSA.

The FSA includes the existing non-taxable Health Spending Account (HSA) and the additional taxable Wellness Spending Account (WSA). The FSA consists of an annual credit allotment provided to eligible employees for expenses not covered by their benefit plan. You can allocate credits to either your HSA, your WSA or a combination of both.  For more information, see:

Retirement plans and programs

See the APS pensions and retirement page.


See the Benefits forms and resources page.