Find out about other leaves

There are some other leaves that people can get if they're covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA).

Organ donor leave

You might be able to get organ donor leave if:

  • you're having surgery so you can donate an organ
  • you've worked for your employer for at least 13 weeks

You can take up to 13 weeks of organ donor leave. And you may be able to get up to 13 more weeks if you have a medical certificate that says how much more time off you need before you can go back to work.

You might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits for up to 15 weeks. You might also be able to get money from the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD).

Reservist leave

Reservist leave is for members of the Canadian army reserve forces when they're away helping with an emergency.

For example, this could be a search and rescue operation or dealing with an event like a flood or ice storm.

The leave can be for as long as the army is helping out with the emergency.

To get reservist leave, you must have worked for your employer for at least 6 months in a row.

You must tell your employer in writing when the leave will begin and end.

Crime-related child death or disappearance leave

People take crime-related child death or disappearance leave if their child, who is under 18 years of age:

  • has disappeared or died, and
  • it's likely that the death or disappearance is because of a crime.

This includes your stepchild, your foster child, and a child you're the legal guardian for.

The leave can be up to:

  • 52 weeks if a child disappears
  • 104 weeks if a child dies

To get this leave, you must have worked for your employer at least 6 months in a row.

Your employer can ask you for proof that you have a right to take the leave. For example, you might need to show your employer proof that there is a police report about your missing child.

You might be able to get Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children for up to 35 weeks.

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