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« on: September 25, 2010, 09:28:45 am »

Can anyone tell me if Canada mandates certain number of paid sick leave for the employees in the Labour law? What about the number of paid annual leaves?

In case one's child falls sick, can either parent apply for ëmergency leave" in order to take care of the sick child at home? In my origin country, emergency leaves are usually deducted from one's annual leave.
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010, 06:51:15 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 08:34:14 pm »

Wow my husbands family has been lying to us! They said in Canada you get a year off when you have a baby - at a % of pay.

Clearly, it's not true. It appears you get upto 17 weeks unpaid, with a possible 15 of them having been paid thru maternity benefits. And it's at 55% pay, not 80% like they said. Wow, I'm really shocked as to why they'd lie about that - and makes me really, really, really question somethings about other things from them now as well!

err, wait. I think there is something else, brb!

Ah, yes! Parental benefits kick in then which can be split between either parent, so the 17+35 = 52. Whew, I can relax.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 04:06:39 am »

Labour law in Canada varies by province but as far as I know, no province requires the employer to pay for sick days.  Some employers may still do this, mostly government, city, universities and places like that and they might be paying for 10-20 sick days per year.

Most employers include a benefits package with the job including a supplementary health insurance which might include a temporary disability insurance that might pay something if you are sick.  When you apply for jobs, you can ask about their benefits package and if you have more than one offer, that can be a factor in your decision on which to take.

Apart from that, Employment Insurance includes sickness benefits and maternity/parental benefits.  In all cases, you have to have worked a certain amount of hours to qualify for that.  For parental or sickness benefits, that's 600 hrs. in the previous 12 months.  For regular unemployment it is 420 to 700 hrs. depending on the percentage of unemployment in your area.  The amount paid is 55% of your gross salary but with a maximum of $457 per week.  There is a 2 week waiting period so if you are sick for less than 2 weeks, you get nothing.

For maternity leave, it's true that it's 15 weeks for the mother and then 35 weeks can be split between the parents.  For sickness benefits, the maximum time is 15 weeks and for regular unemployment, it depends on how many hours you had worked and the unemployment rate in your area but could go up to 45 weeks according to their table.

You can find more info at

PR=Permanent resident - TFW=temporary foreign worker
FSW=federal skilled worker - QSW=Quebec skilled worker
AEO=arranged employment offer - LMO=labour market opinion
CEC=Canadian experience class - PNP=provincial nominee program
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