A Summary of Leave of Absence Options

The Employment Standards Code provides a number of leaves of absence to allow employees time to deal with certain events in their lives without the loss of their job.

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave allows employees unpaid time off to deal with the death of a family member or a loss of pregnancy, without fear of job loss.


Compassionate Care Leave

Compassionate care leave gives employees the opportunity to take up to 28 weeks of unpaid leave to care for or support a critically ill family member who has a significant risk of death within the next 26 weeks.

Family Leave

Family leave allows employees unpaid time off to deal with family responsibilities or personal illness without fear of job loss.

Interpersonal Violence Leave

Employees who are victims of interpersonal violence may be entitled to take a leave from work. Interpersonal violence leave gives job protection to eligible employees to take time off work for specified purposes to address needs that arise from exposure to, or experiences of, interpersonal violence. 

Interpersonal violence includes domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking.

Leave for Citizenship Ceremony

Leave for a citizenship ceremony allows new Canadians to take up to four hours of unpaid leave for the purpose of attending their Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

Leave for Organ Donation

Leave for organ donation allows employees to take unpaid leave to donate an organ or tissue to another individual.

Leave for Reservists

Members of the Canadian Forces Reserves are entitled to unpaid leave and job protection while they are serving our country. 


Leave Related to Critical Illness

This leave is unpaid time off work to allow employees to provide care and support for a critically ill family member.  Legislation provides job protection during the leave.

Leave Related to the Death or Disappearance of a Child

This leave allows parents to take a leave of absence from work to help deal with the death or disappearance of a child that occurred as a result of a crime under the Criminal Code.

Long-Term Leave for Serious Injury or Illness

Employees who are suffering from a serious injury or illness which will prevent them from being at work for at least two weeks may be entitled to this leave.  Long-term leave for serious injury or illness provides time off work and protects employees from lay-off or job termination during the period of the leave.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave gives expectant mothers the opportunity to take unpaid leave from work, without the fear of job loss.

Parental Leave

Parental leave gives parents the opportunity to take an unpaid leave from work to care for a new child in their family without the fear of job loss.

Public Health Emergency Leave

Businesses and industry in Manitoba are responding to COVID-19 in a number of different ways. This situation creates new challenges for both employers and employees.

Manitoba has introduced a temporary job-protected leave to the Employment Standards Code for employees who are unable to work due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.