Time Away From Work

Everyone needs time away from work and we recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining a balance between your career and your personal life. We understand that you have needs beyond the workplace, which is why we offer the following time away from work benefits.

While these policies generally apply to all employees, eligibility is determined by your collective agreement and/or employment status.


The town provides vacation in recognition that employees need rest and relaxation. Annual vacation entitlement for permanent full-time employees and vacation pay to all other employees is in accordance with or exceed legislative requirements.

Vacation entitlement procedure

Public holidays

The town provides time away from work for public holidays in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

Public Holidays: Full time and temporary procedure
Public Holidays: Part time and students procedure

Leaves of absence

The town recognizes that employees may require time away from work for personal or other reasons. The Leave of Absence policy and associated procedures allow employees the flexibility to better manage their work and personal lives while meeting operational requirements.

Pregnancy and parental leave
Bereavement leave
Election and voting leave
Jury or witness leave
Military reservist leave
Unpaid leave

Family member's illness

There may be times when an employee's family member's illness may require them to be absent from work due to caregiving responsibilities, treatment needs, etc. Employee's may be eligible for a job-protected unpaid leave under the Employment Standards Act. More details about these leaves can be found on the Unpaid leaves page.

If you require more information on any of the above policies or procedures, please visit our contact us page to find out how to reach us and we will be happy to assist you.