What types of leaves are available to employees?

There are a large number of leaves available depending on each province, and new leaves are often added to employment standards legislation to reflect changing scenarios (for example the COVID-19-related leaves). Some of the common examples of leaves are:

  • Parental Leave
  • Personal Emergency Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Organ Donor Leave
  • Reservist Leave
  • Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave

The leaves are different from province to province, and obviously the duration of the protected leaves is quite different. For example, personal emergency leave generally runs for only a few days (there are longer caregiver leaves, if required), whereas the crime-related child death or disappearance leaves can run in excess of 12 months or longer.

It is also important to note that while employees may require generic medical leaves to deal with an injury or illness, those are not broadly protected under employment standards legislation, and instead are covered under provincial and federal human rights laws.

Learn more about the types of leaves employees may be entitled to here.