What Is Bereavement Leave?

Bereavement leave is a period during which an employee can take time off from work to mourn a loved one.

How many Days Off Is an Employee Entitled for a Death?

In Canada, employees are entitled to bereavement leave of up to 5 days. These may be taken starting following the day of death and up to six weeks after the date of whichever is latest between the funeral, the burial, or the memorial service. Regulations vary among provinces.

In Quebec, employees can be absent for 5 days, including 2 with pay, upon the death of:

  • Their spouse
  • Their child
  • The child of their spouse
  • Their parent
  • Their sibling

Does Bereavement Leave Have to Be Paid?

In Canada, employees who have completed 3 months of employment with the same employer are entitled 3 days paid. If they have not been employed for 3 continuous months, they are entitled to unpaid leave of 5 days.

In Quebec, bereavement leave entitles employees to 2 days of paid leave.

Who Is Entitled to Bereavement Leave?

All employees are entitled to bereavement leave, regardless of their status.

What Are the Different Types of Leave?

The different types of leaves include:

  • Bereavement leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Parental leave
  • Personal leave
  • Serious illness leave
  • Leave in the event of temporary illnesses
  • Leave for victims of domestic violence
  • Accident leave
  • Judicial leave
  • Leave for members of the reserve force
  • Caregiver leave
  • Holidays

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