General Leave for B.C. Government employees

General Leave Without Pay

Leave without pay is based on collective agreement provisions for bargaining unit employees and the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Excluded Employees/Appointees.

Review the General Leave Without Pay - Approval and Acknowledgment Letter (DOCX, 20KB) before talking to your supervisor. It explains the impacts of taking leave without pay.

Submit a written request to your supervisor that outlines your reason for taking leave.

Excluded employees, see Part 09 of the Terms & Conditions of Employment


30 calendar days or less

  • Enter in Time and Leave
  • Use the LWOP General pay code

More than 30 calendar days

  • Supervisor and employee sign a General Leave Without Pay approval and acknowledgement letter

Benefits While on General Leave Without Pay

Benefits coverage is suspended for a leave greater than 30 calendar days for any calendar months that you do not receive pay. If you wish to maintain your coverage, please complete and send the Option to Continue Benefits While on Leave of Absence Without Pay or Layoff (PDF, 665KB) through AskMyHR.

See monthly costs for benefits.

Cuso Leave

If you’re volunteering for Cuso International, you can maintain your benefits coverage if you return to work for a period equal to the length of your leave. Fill out the Option to Continue Employee Benefits While On a Leave to Volunteer for CUSO Projects (PDF, 108KB).

When you return to work, contact AskMyHR to make sure your benefits are reinstated.

Please see Purchase of Service to learn about purchasing a leave of absence.


Pension contributions cannot be made during a leave without pay. However, after returning to work, you can purchase pensionable service for the time you were away.

General Leave With Pay

General leave with pay may be granted to excluded and PEA employees in extenuating circumstances. (This leave is not available to BCGEU employees or Nurses.) 

Submit a written request to your supervisor  that outlines your reason for taking a leave. Leaves will be granted for legitimate reasons. Exceptions include requests for leave to work for another employer or when it is not operationally possible for you to be absent.