This notice is provided on behalf of SFU Human Resources, Pension & Benefits team:

You may be wondering if the retiree-paid portion of the Pacific Blue Cross premiums for SFU extended health and dental benefit plans can be claimed as medical expenses. 

To confirm:

-private health plan premiums are NOT a taxable benefit; no T4A will be issued by SFU
-the premiums paid by the retiree can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes

A letter from SFU confirming the total premiums paid is NOT required by Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) to claim the expense on your tax return.  As such, letters confirming annual benefit premiums paid will not be provided to all retirees. 

Please refer to this document for a full explanation: