Leaves for Staff

Maternity Leave

Please refer to your collective agreement or employment policies for the maternity and parental leave policies that will govern your leave. Your collective agreement or employment policies can be accessed on the Human Resources and Equity website. On the Human Resources and Equity website you will also be able to find a brief summary of the leave entitlements. If you have any questions about the University policy, you can contact your Human Resources Generalist or the Family Care Office.

Parental Leave

Please refer to your collective agreement or employment policies for the maternity and parental leave policies that will govern your leave. Your collective agreement or employment policies can be accessed on the Human Resources and Equity website. On the Human Resources and Equity website you will also be able to find a brief summary of the leave entitlements. If you have any questions about the University policy, you can contact your Human Resources Generalist or the Family Care Office.

This leave may not available to employees who have taken Primary Caregiver and Adoption Leave.

Primary Caregiver & Adoption Leave

Please refer to your collective agreement or employment policies for the primary caregiver and adoption leave policies that may govern your leave. Your collective agreement or employment policies can be accessed on the Human Resources and Equity website. On the Human Resources and Equity website you will also be able to find a brief summary of the leave entitlements. If you have any questions about the University policy, you can contact your Human Resources Generalist or the Family Care Office.

Paternity Leave/Non-Birth Parent Leave

Please refer to your collective agreement or employment policies for the paternity leave/non-birth parent leave policy that will govern your leave. Your collective agreement or employment policies can be accessed on the Human Resources and Equity website. If you have any questions about the University policy, you can contact your Human Resources Generalist or the Family Care Office.

Depending on your collective agreement or employment policy, you might be eligible for a paternity leave. Fathers and same-sex parents may be granted up to five days' paid leave of absence upon the birth or adoption of a child.

Compassionate Care Leave

The University may grant compassionate care leave to employees who take a leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave provisions of the Employment Standards Act of Ontario. For employees with one(1) year of service or more the University will pay the equivalent of the weekly Employment Insurance Compassionate Care benefit (EI) for which the employee is qualified during the two (2) week waiting period provided that the employee applies for and receives EI benefits. Please refer to your collective agreement or employment policies which can be accessed on the Human Resources and Equity website to determine if you are entitled to this benefit.

Additional Leaves

There are unpaid, job-protected leaves that you may be able to access if you are caring for a seriously ill family member. Employment Insurance (EI) benefits may be available for some of these leaves.

Family Caregiver Leave

Family Medical Leave and EI Compassionate Care Benefits

Critically Ill Child Care Leave and EI Special Benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children

Book an Appointment

Email us or call 416-978-0951 to book a confidential appointment with a staff member at the Family Care Office to discuss your particular situation.

Information Package

Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave packages are available from the Family Care Office. Each package contains the following:

  • Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Checklist
  • University of Toronto Notification of Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Form
  • Information on Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits provided by Service Canada
  • U of T Benefits Information
  • U of T Family Care Office Workshop Information on Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning and Choosing Child Care That Works for Your Family.
  • U of T Child Care Bookmark

To request one of these packages, contact the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951, or email family.care@utoronto.ca. All calls are completely confidential.

Additional Assistance

Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Workshops

Notification of Leave Form Instruction Sheet

If you require further information about the completion of your notification of leave form, on-line application for Employment Insurance, child care or combining work and family life, please feel free to contact the Family Care Office at (416) 978-0951.