Opt-out cheques ready almost a month late

Opt-out cheques from Ryerson’s Health and Dental plan will be available for pick up on Dec. 1, according to the consulting and outsourcing company in charge of them.

Cheques were originally supposed to be directly deposited into students’ bank accounts on Nov. 10.

They were postponed repeatedly due to technical glitches and errors with banking information provided online.

“Students for whom we have the wrong financial information will be provided a reimbursement through the issuance of a cheque, instead of an electronic fund transfer,” says Karen Giardetti, consultant for brokering company Morneau Shepell.

Morneau Shepell received ‘rejected’ lists from students’ banking institutions if their information hadn’t been submitted online correctly.

A cheque will be available for students who haven’t received a direct deposit in the Student Campus Centre this Monday.

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) introduced a new way to opt-out of Ryerson’s Health and Dental plan this year. Instead of manually picking up cheques, a system hosted by brokering company Morneau Shepell allowed students to opt-out online for a direct deposit instead of waiting in line on campus.

Student complaints have prompted the RSU to reconsider using the same system next year.


Students lined up to collect their opt-out cheques on Nov. 11, 2013. (Erynn Sally, Ryersonian Staff)

Students lined up to collect their opt-out cheques on Nov. 11, 2013. (Erynn Sally, Ryersonian file photo)

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