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  Maternity, Parental and Parenthood Leave

Maternity, Parental and Parenthood Leaves are available to contracted employees of the Vancouver School Board.

When and how do I apply?

  • Apply in writing to VSB Human Resources at least 4 weeks prior to the expected delivery of your child. 
  • Your letter must be accompanied by a certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner and include commencement date of the leave (as decided by the employee and physician).
  • Contact your local employment insurance office to obtain the benefits information and application form or apply online.
  • Two weeks prior to the start date of maternity leave, contact VSB Payroll for your Record of Employment and Supplementary Unemployment Benefits Plan (SUB).
  • If the birth of your baby occurs prior to the intended commencement date, contact Human Resources immediately (maternity leave must begin no later than the date of birth).

How long do I have for Maternity Leave?
The total "maternity leave period" is 18 weeks. You will receive 95% of your salary from the VSB for the first two weeks (the usual EI waiting period). The VSB will then pay the 'top up' (the difference between your salary and EI benefits) for 15 weeks. The 18th week you will only receive EI Benefits. 

How do I extend my leave or apply for Parental Leave?
As soon as you know, write to VSB Human Resources to extend your leave (in accordance with Article 10.Z. Parenthood Leave). This should be done prior to the end of your maternity leave period. You are now eligible for a total of up to 1 full year maternity/parental leave with EI benefits. You may extend your leave without pay as well as Parenthood Leave for up to 3 years (see Article 10 - Leaves of the Collective Agreement).

What about benefits?
Medical, dental and life insurance shall be maintained by the Board. Check the BCTF website for Pension information. Purchasing the time back is always cost effective.

Does this affect my seniority?
Maternity Leave shall be counted for salary purposed as service with the Board.

What position will I have when I return from Maternity/Parental leave?
You maintain your right to your current (or comparable) position at your school for the 1 year period, unless you decide otherwise. If, however, there are only 6 weeks or less remaining in the school term, the VSB may decide that a change in employee may be disruptive and they may extend your leave (without pay) until the end of the term to re-assign you temporarily to complete the term.

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