Social Leaves, Statutory Holidays and Leaves without Pay


The following provides a summary of benefits related to social leaves, statutory holidays and leaves without pay. For further information, please consult Article 19 of the Collective Agreement.

Bereavement Leave

Instructors are entitled to 7 consecutive days of paid bereavement leave upon the death of an immediate family member, and 2 consecutive days for other close family members such as in-laws. An Instructor shall be entitled to additional leave without pay up to a maximum of 14 consecutive days in the event of a death as above. For more detail, see Article 19 of the Collective Agreement.

Emergency Leave

Instructors are entitled to a maximum of 7 consecutive days of paid leave in the event of an emergency such as illness of an immediate family member, fire, or flood. Where necessary, the leave can be discontinuous, following agreement between the Centre and the Instructor. However, the number of days paid shall not be increase by virtue of this discontinuity.

Leaves for Court Appearances

Instructors are entitled to paid leave when they are required to appear in court as a witness, a jury member or as a result of their involvement in a case.

Personal Leave

Instructors are entitled to one day of unpaid personal leave per session.

Compassionate Leave

Instructors are entitled to leave without pay in order to attend to children or other family members whose health condition requires their presence, the length of the leave to be agreed upon by the Centre and the instructor.

Statutory Holidays

Statutory holidays shall be as follows:

  • National Holiday
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • National Patriots’ Day

For each of the above holidays, Instructors under contract when the holiday occurs shall be paid at the rate of one fifth (1/5) of the total salary earned, excluding vacation pay, under the terms of the Collective Agreement, during the week in which the holiday occurs. This indemnity is paid within twenty-one (21) days of the holiday. The University reserves the right to observe or not an additional holiday designated as “President’s Day”. When this holiday is observed, Instructors under contract when the holiday occurs shall be paid according to the provisions of above. Except in the case of Intensive Courses, Instructors shall make up the hours which would normally have been worked had it not been for the holiday. Hours which would normally have been worked had it not been for the holiday, are counted as hours worked, for the purpose of seniority calculations.

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Instructors who have been on a seniority list for 3 years are entitled to 12 months unpaid leave of absence. Those who have been on a seniority list for 5 years are entitled to 24 months. At the time of the request for unpaid leave, the instructor must be under contract with the Centre or have been under contract during the previous session.