Taking leave

This section is intended to provide you with information about some of the common leave types requested by employees throughout their career in the public service. Collective Agreements, various Terms and Conditions of Employment and the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements (links below) provide the full details and provisions of the leave entitlement, as well as many other types of leave not included in this document.

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Care of family

Get the information you need before requesting unpaid leave from the public service to care for your family

Compensatory leave

Record and request leave in exchange for overtime worked in the public service, or cash out a balance of unused leave

Designated paid holidays and statutory holidays

As a public servant, your employment terms and conditions and collective agreement determine your holiday pay

Educational leave

Find out about your options before requesting unpaid leave from the public service to pursue your education

Leave without pay because of illness or injury

Learn about long-term disability or disability leave and insurance options if you are a public servant

Leave with income averaging

Spread out your public service salary over twelve months if you wish to take leave without pay for a certain period

Disability

Learn what happens in cases of long or permanent absences from the public service due to illness or disability.

Maternity and parental leave

As a public servant, you may be eligible to take unpaid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child

Other leave or time off with pay

Find out what other types of leave with pay your terms and conditions of employment and your collective agreement allow

Other types of leave without pay

Find out what other types of leave without pay your terms and conditions of employment and your collective agreement allow

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Personal needs

Get information about the conditions you need to meet before requesting unpaid leave from the public service

Pre-retirement transition leave

Reduce your workweek by up to 40% if you are within two years of retirement from the public service

Relocation of spouse

Request unpaid leave from the public service if your spouse or common-law partner must relocate

Sick leave

Earning and using sick leave in the public service, including extended sick leave options

Vacation leave

How the Pay Centre calculates and records vacation leave. About your annual vacation leave options

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