Guide to Leave Without Pay (LWOP)*


This document was developed by APEX for information purposes only and does not constitute an authoritative document. It is important to always verify with Government of Canada sources before making a decision. In situations where there is a difference between the information contained in it and the official information available from Government of Canada sources, the latter will take precedence.

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Table of Contents



Types of Leave Without Pay*

Pension Implications of Leave Without Pay*

Benefits Coverage and Leave Without Pay*

Leave Entitlements and Leave Without Pay*




This Guide has been developed to assist you in understanding leave without pay (LWOP) and its implications on your pay, pension plan contributions, benefits coverage and leave entitlements.

If you are employed by a Separate Agency, you should contact your Human Resources department to confirm if the Directives referenced in this document or organization-specific approaches apply.