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Critical illness leave

Critical illness leave is unpaid job-protected leave of absence of up to 37 weeks in relation to a critically ill minor child, or 17 weeks in relation to a critically ill adult within a 52-week period.

An employee with 6 months of service can take a Critical illness leave to provide care or support to a critically ill child or adult for whom a qualified health practitioner has issued a certificate stating:
  • that the minor child is a critically ill minor child, or the adult is a critically ill adult who requires the care or support of one or more family members, and
  • sets out the period during which the minor child or adult requires the care or support.

The University may ask the employee to provide a medical notification; forward it to Human Resources as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit the Critical Illness Leave web page of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Leave Management System

You must enter your leave in the FAST leave management system (on-campus access only) prior to your leave or if this is not possible, immediately upon your return to work.