Benefits, Pension, Vacation Accrual & Payroll Deduction for B.C. Government Employees
Benefits in place before your leave will remain in place during the leave. If you choose, you may cancel extended health and dental coverage. For example, if you're unsure about returning to work and you want to minimize the repayment of benefits because you didn't satisfy the return-to-work obligation, you may want to cancel.
You must maintain Group Life Insurance and long-term disability coverage. There's no option to waive this coverage.
If you don't fulfil the return-to-work requirements, you'll have to repay any benefit premiums and/or flex credits paid on your behalf during your leave.
If you waive, are not eligible, or defer your top-up allowance and have optional life insurance coverage and you wish to maintain coverage for those plans by paying the premiums, further information and the form can be found on the Benefits While on Leave or Layoff page.
Cancelling Benefits While on Leave
Bargaining Unit Benefits
To cancel your benefits while on leave, please refer to the How to Enrol & Update Your Coverage section of the Bargaining Unit Benefits Guide to update your coverage.
Complete the Bargaining Unit Benefits Program Enrolment/Change Form (PDF, 378KB) to cancel coverage for extended health and dental and/or any optional life insurance plan after your child is born. Submit it through an AskMyHR service request using the category Myself (or) My Team or Organization > Benefits > Submit a Health Benefit Form/Application. If you no longer have access to Employee Self-Service, send to your supervisor to submit on your behalf. See the note above about mandatory coverage.
If you fail to satisfy the return-to-work requirements after your leave, you'll be required to repay these, and any other benefit premiums paid on your behalf.
Flexible Benefits for Excluded Employees
If you participate in the Flexible Benefits Program, you may cancel extended health, dental coverage and/or any optional life insurance plan after your child is born by completing the Flexible Benefits Enrolment/Change Form (PDF, 423KB). Submit it through an AskMyHR service request using the category Myself (or) My Team or Organization > Benefits > Submit a Health Benefit Form/Application. If you no longer have access to Employee Self-Service, send to your supervisor to submit on your behalf. See the note above about mandatory coverage.
If you cancel coverage under the Flexible Benefits Program, you'll receive additional flex credits each month for the length of your leave or until you reinstate coverage during Open Enrolment, or as a result of an eligible life event.
These credits count as cash earnings and are recorded on your pay. You're responsible for reporting to Service Canada any monies paid or payable to you, cash or other, while receiving employment insurance, maternity or parental benefits.
If you don't meet the return-to-work requirements, you'll be required to repay the flex credits and any other benefit premiums paid on your behalf.
To get the most out of your time off, carefully read the following information before applying for maternity, parental or pre-placement adoption leave.
In most cases, your entitlement will be pro-rated according to your maternity and/or parental leave start date. Your vacation entitlements and vacation pay continue to accrue if you're covered under the Crown Counsel Agreement or were employed before March 28, 2001, you return to work for at least six months after being on leave, and you haven't received parental allowance. Your vacation will be credited once you've returned to work for six calendar months.
Pension contributions based solely on the maternity, parental or pre-placement adoption allowance continue while you're on leave. Contributions aren't made on the amount you receive from employment insurance and you can purchase that service after returning to work.
Effective May 1, 2020, employees have the option to make continuous pension contributions monthly throughout their leave. Please refer to the Purchase of Service page on MyHR or the Public Service Pension Plan website for more information.
You may wish to cancel some deductions from your pay while you're on leave. If you've applied for the Deferred Salary Leave program, you can suspend your contributions while on a temporary leave, such as maternity leave.