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
- 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
- Contact your
local employment insurance office to obtain the benefits
information and application form or
- 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
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
What about benefits?
Medical, dental and life insurance shall be maintained by the Board.
BCTF website for Pension information. Purchasing the time back is always
Does this affect my
Maternity Leave shall be counted for salary purposed as service with the
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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