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Sick Leave & Special Leave

Salaried physicians have access to many leaves: sick, general, disability, deferred salary, family and bereavement.


Salaried physicians have access to paid sick leave during periods of illness. Leave is accumulated at a rate of 11.25 hours/per month.
Maximum leave accumulation is 1612.5 hours.


Special leaves of absence (with or without pay) may be granted following a written request. Each request is considered on an individual basis. Request must be made four weeks in advance of leave.


Upon the expiry of sick leave, disability leave – without pay – may be granted up to a maximum of 12 months for physicians who qualify. During the period of unpaid disability leave, the physician will continue to have group insurance (premiums paid by Health PEI) and matched pension contributions. Following 12-months of leave, employment with Health PEI is terminated. The physician may then be eligible for the long-term disability as made available through the group benefits plan.


A leave of one year under the deferred salary plan may be provided. The leave is typically granted if a locum physician is hired to replace the physician on such special leave. Leave of absence under a deferred salary plan must comply with the Income Tax Act.


Where no one other than the physician can provide for the medical needs of a member of his/her immediate family during illness, the physician shall be granted up to one day of paid leave. Family leave is limited to 37.5 hours/ illness to a maximum of 75 hours per fiscal year.


Signed medical certificate by a treating physician
Qualifying family members are:

  • spouse and dependent children
  • parents
  • other relative residing in the same household

Note: In the case of serious illness of a parent, spouse, brother, sister, or child, compassionate leave with pay of up to three days may be offered.


In the event of the death of a physician’s spouse, child, step-child, grandchild or parent, a full-time physician will receive five paid bereavement days. Leave must be taken within seven days of the death. Part-time physicians will receive four days. Bereavement leave for extended family members is also available: three days for full-time physicians and two days for part-time physicians. Extended family are: brother, sister, grandparent, great-grandparent, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or any relative permanently residing with the physician.


MASTER AGREEMENT: Articles B6 & B7, page 21