Short Term Illness & Injury Plan for B.C. Government Employees

The Short Term Illness and Injury Plan (STIIP) is a benefit for employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury.

Eligibility

All regular employees are covered. Contact AskMyHR to find out about specific eligibility requirements for other groups, such as auxiliary or part-time employees. Employees on sick leave must

  • Submit a doctor’s certificate when asked
  • Remain under the care of a medical doctor and fully participate in any treatment they recommend
  • Participate and cooperate with rehabilitation planning and return-to-work planning
  • Not be engaged in any work for profit 

Length of Leave & Pay

STIIP benefits are set according to your length of service and employee type.

Regular Employees

  • Less than three months of service (Stage 1). Maximum of six days per calendar year at 75 percent regular rate of pay
  • Three—six months of service (Stage 2). Maximum 15 weeks* at 75 percent regular rate of pay for first six days (or remaining portion of the six days listed above), 66 percent for days thereafter
  • With six months or more of active service (Stage 3). Maximum six calendar months at 75 percent regular rate of pay

* Cannot exceed maximum weekly sickness benefit set by employment insurance

Employees unable to return to work after the maximum benefit period has expired will need to apply for general leave without pay or long term disability benefits.

A sick leave is considered to be one continuous leave if the employee has been off for the same illness/injury without returning to work for 15 consecutive scheduled work days before taking another day for the same illness or injury.

Auxiliary Employees With Benefits

The maximum benefit period for auxiliary employees who qualify for benefits is seven months at 75 percent of the regular rate of pay.

Auxiliary Employees Without Benefits

Auxiliary employees without benefits who have worked at least 400 hours in the same ministry without loss of seniority receive a weekly indemnity. The weekly indemnity provides 60 percent of normal average earnings from the 15th day of the illness or injury to a maximum of 15 weeks.

Top-up Pay

Stage 3 STIIP benefit may be supplemented—or topped up to 100 percent of regular pay—by using other available time allotments such as vacation credits, exclusion supplementary credit or compensatory time off. Enter your top-up option directly into the Time and Leave.

A full-time regular employee only earns vacation credits for a given month if they have received at least 10 days (70 hours) pay at straight time rates in that month. To prevent miscalculations and unnecessary over-payments from occurring, take into account that your vacation will be prorated. 

Other Benefits

Existing benefits—like MSP, extended health and dental—and pension contributions continue without interruption, as if you were still working.

Reporting Other Income

If you are on STIIP or long term disability, you are required to report through AskMyHR any other income received as a result of illness or injury such as WorkSafe BC, Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), private insurance, employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan or income assistance.