Care of family

Information: Life events disclaimer

The following material is intended to provide you with information about some of the common types of change in employment situations and the effects it will have on your employment.

When should I notify my manager of my intention of proceeding on leave without pay for the care of my family?

You should notify your manager as far in advance as possible, but not less than 4 weeks of the commencement of the leave.

Is the approval of leave without pay for care of family discretionary?

Approval of leave without pay for care of your family is not discretionary. This leave shall be granted upon your request.

How is my leave without pay for care of family recorded?

The Pay Centre does not have access to your departmental leave system. Therefore, it is your responsibility for requesting and receiving authorization for any absences from the office through your departmental leave system.

In the event your department does not have a departmental leave system, your authorized leave request form will be forwarded to the Pay Centre for recording your leave usage.

How will the Pay Centre be notified that I will be proceeding on leave without pay for the care of my family?

Once your leave is approved, your manager will notify your departmental human resources section, who will in turn provide the necessary information to the Pay Centre under cover of a pay action request form. The Pay Centre will take the appropriate action to temporarily stop your salary and provide you with detailed information about the effects of your leave without pay on your pay and any related benefits or insurances.

Is there a minimum and maximum amount of time that I can apply for leave without pay for the care of my family?

The minimum amount of time you can request to be on leave without pay for the care of family is 3 weeks. The total leave you may request for the care of family is 5 years during your total period of employment in the public service.

Are there exceptions to the minimum and maximum amounts of time that can be requested for leave without pay for the care of family?

There may be exceptions to the time periods; however, you must provide proof that you are in receipt of or are awaiting employment insurance compassionate care benefits. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

I was previously on leave without pay for care and nurturing of my preschool age children and/or long-term care of a parent. Will that time be counted towards the 5 year limit?

Some Collective Agreements contain a clause where time off without pay for the care and nurturing and/or long-term care of a parent will not count toward the 5 year limit of the care of family leave entitlement.

If I want to make a claim for employment insurance, what is the process?

A web-based record of employment will be completed on your behalf and retained at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. In the event you’d like to make a claim for employment insurance, this information is required in order to establish your eligibility and level of benefits. Information about applying for Employment Insurance benefits can be obtained online at Service Canada or from your local Service Canada office.

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