Paid Time Off (PTO) in Nunavut
Vacation Leave Quota
2 or 3 weeks of vacation.
An employee who has worked for the same employer for one year and then for the next five years is entitled to a 2-week vacation per year.
After the first five years of employment (regardless of whether the period of employment is consecutive or accumulated within the last 10 years), the employee will be eligible for a 3-week vacation per year.
4% or 6% of gross wages.
Employees are entitled to vacation pay of 4% of gross wages for the first 5 years of employment and 6 % of gross wages after 5 years of employment. The vacation pay must be paid at least one day before the beginning of the vacation.
Statutory Provisions Addressing Vacation Pay
Vacation is considered earned wages.
Payment of Accrued, Unused Vacation on Termination
When employees leave their job, whether voluntarily or due to being laid off or terminated, they are entitled to receive any accumulated vacation pay that has not already been paid.
PTO accrual system is not mandatory in Nunavut, but is widely used by companies.
Employers are generally free to design their own vacation accrual system, although it is usually based on the pay period (payroll cycle).
The “use-it-or-lose-it” policy is illegal in Nunavut.
The “use-it-or-lose-it” refers to a policy or benefit that requires employees to use a certain amount of vacation time within a certain timeframe, or risk losing it.
Sick Leave in Nunavut
Sick Leave / Family Responsibility Leave
Up to 3 days of unpaid leave.
Employees are entitled to up to 3 days of unpaid leave per calendar year, after completing 3 consecutive months of employment with the same employer. This leave can be taken for the employee’s own illness or injury, or the illness or injury of a family member.
Compassionate Care Leave
Up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave.
Employees are entitled to up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave to care for and support a family member with a significant risk of dying within 26 weeks. Leave may be taken in periods no shorter than a week. Leave may be taken by 2 or more employees, not to exceed 8 weeks. The employee must provide written notice and a medical certificate.
Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave in Nunavut
The maternity leave could last a maximum of 52 weeks (the pregnancy leave lasts for 17 weeks, and after that, mothers can take an additional 35 weeks of parental leave), in which case the father would get no paternity leave.
17 weeks of unpaid leave.
Pregnant employees are entitled to up to 17 weeks of unpaid leave, commencing at any time during the seventeen-week period immediately preceding the estimated date of delivery. Leave may be extended, but not to exceed an additional 6 weeks. Employees must provide their employers with a medical certificate if requested.
Up to 37 weeks of unpaid leave.
Both female and male employees are entitled to take unpaid parental leave to care for their newborn or adopted child. Leave can be taken for up to 37 weeks (unpaid). Parental leave may be shared. Maternity and parental leave, when taken by the employee, may not exceed 52 weeks.
Employees are eligible for pregnancy and parental leave if they have worked for the same employer for at least 12 consecutive months.
Pregnancy and parental leave in Nunavut are unpaid.
Bereavement Leave in Nunavut
No bereavement leave specifically, but employees may use Family Responsibility Leave for this purpose.
In Nunavut, the Employment Standards Act does not specifically provide for bereavement leave, but it does provide for Family Responsibility Leave, which allows an employee to take up to 3 days of unpaid leave per calendar year to attend to the health or care of a family member, but also for the death or funeral of a family member.
Bereavement leave in Nunavut is unpaid.
Jury Duty Leave in Nunavut
A leave without pay.
Employers are obligated to grant their employees unpaid time off to participate in the jury selection process and fulfill their duties as jurors.
Employers are not required to pay employees who miss work to attend court. However, jurors can claim an allowance or compensation for time spent in court. In Nunavut, jurors receive $100 for the first 5 days (6 days or more: $150 a day).
Reservists’ Leave in Nunavut
A leave without pay.
Employees who are members of the reserve force and have been employed by the same employer for at least 6 consecutive months are entitled to unpaid leave for the following reasons:
- participation in an operation, an exercise, training, a search and rescue operation, an emergency situation or other military activity, and
- treatment, recovery, or rehabilitation in respect of a physical or mental health problem that results from participation in an operation, exercise, training, search and rescue operation, an emergency situation, or other military activity.
Employees are required to provide employers with four weeks’ written notice. An employer may require an employee requesting reservist leave to provide a certificate from an official with the reserve force stating that the employee is a member of the reserve force and is required for service.
Reservists’ leave is unpaid.
Voting Leave in Nunavut
2 consecutive paid hours.
An employee is allowed to take 2 consecutive hours of paid time off from work to go vote. However, if the time off requested falls outside of the employee’s regular working hours and during voting hours, the employer is not required to grant it.
The 2023 Statutory Holidays in Nunavut
The public service holidays in Nunavut for 2023 are:
New Year’s Day (in lieu of) – January 2, 2023
Good Friday – April 7, 2023
Easter Monday – April 10, 2023
Victoria Day – May 22, 2023
Canada Day (in lieu of) – July 3, 2023
Nunavut Day (in lieu of) – July 10, 2023
Civic Holiday – August 7, 2023
Labour Day – September 4, 2023
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (in lieu of) – October 2, 2023
Thanksgiving – October 9, 2023
Remembrance Day (in lieu of) – November 13, 2023
Christmas Day – December 25, 2023
Boxing Day – December 26, 2023
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2024
- Nunavut Labour Standards Compliance Office, https://nu-lsco.ca/faq-s
- Nunavut Employment Law, https://www.replicon.com/regulation/nunavut/
- Consolidation of Labour Standards Act, https://nu-lsco.ca/phocadownloadpap/Labour%20Standards%20Act%20Consolidation.pdf
Updated: January 17, 2023
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