Taking time off


Employees can take time off work for life situations


Annual vacation

After one year of work, employees get to take vacation days – time off with pay.


Job-protected leaves of absence

Employees unable to work for specified reasons relating to COVID-19 can take job-protected leave.

An employee's job is protected while they are on leave. Employees can also take a leave of absence for things like family responsibilities or jury duty.


Sick days

Employees can take up to 3 days of unpaid, job-protected illness or injury leave. To qualify, an employee must have been employed for 90 calendar days.

If an employee needs this leave without warning, they don't need to give the employer advance notice. If an employee can’t work due to illness or injury, they should notify their employer as soon as they can. An employer can ask for reasonable proof that an employee is entitled to this leave.

Effective January 1, 2022, eligible employees can take up to 5 paid days and 3 unpaid days of job-protected illness or injury leave.


Statutory holidays

A statutory holiday does not necessarily mean employees get a day off. Instead, employees may qualify for statutory holiday pay.


Unexpected situations

Employees can take time away from work to deal with unexpected illness or life situations.

Employers need to follow B.C. employment standards if their business is unexpectedly disrupted or employees must be absent from work.


Find out what you can do


If you're having issues at work, find out what you can do: