Programs and Services

Emergency Leave

  • Employment

Emergency leave is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 10 days each year, through Ontario Ministry of Labour.

  • Emergency leave may be taken in the case of illness, injury and certain other emergencies and urgent matters
  • Employees who work for employers that regularly employ at least 50 employees are entitled to emergency leave
  • Reasons for taking emergency leave include: personal illness, injury or medical emergency, and death, illness, injury, medical emergency or urgent matters relating to a relative (see website for list)
  • The 10 days of an emergency leave do not have to be taken consecutively. Emergency leave is counted in full days
  • An employee must inform the employer that he or she will be taking an emergency leave of absence
  • If an employee has to begin an emergency leave before notifying the employer, he or she must inform the employer as soon as possible after starting the leave
  • An employer is allowed to ask an employee to provide proof that he or she is eligible for an emergency leave of absence
  • The employer cannot penalize him or her in any way for taking a leave

For more information:

Phone: 1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free), 416-326-7160 (Local), 1-866-567-8893 (TTY)

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Disclaimer: The MS Society is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions. For specific information and advice, please consult your personal physician. Read our full privacy policy.

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