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Vacation time and travel outside of Canada

9/1/20 6:00 PM

From Employee Relations

The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. As a reminder, before returning to work, all travellers who have returned from anywhere outside of the country must complete 14 full days of quarantine even if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you do have any symptoms, a 14-day self-isolation is mandatory. There is currently no requirement to quarantine following domestic travel. Self-isolation is required if you return from domestic travel and are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Employees that elect to travel outside of Canada must discuss their travel plans with their Supervisor in advance of their departure, as well as their need to self-isolate upon their return to Canada. The mandatory 14-day quarantine period can form a part of an employee’s vacation time, or an employee may apply for an additional period of unpaid leave of absence for the mandatory period of quarantine. Any unpaid time to fulfil the mandatory 14-day quarantine period will be granted or denied based on operational requirements. An employee’s ability to work from home for all or part of the quarantine period may be taken into consideration when granting the additional leave requests.

It is against the law for someone to travel internationally and not observe the mandatory quarantine period. Employees should ensure they have applied for – and been granted – the necessary vacation and/or unpaid leave time before booking vacations and travelling internationally.

As a reminder, all employees are required to use their vacation entitlement in the normal course for this calendar year. As per policy, employees are required to take their annual vacation entitlement in the year that they receive it and are eligible to take it. Requests for vacation carry-over outside of policy will not be considered.

For additional information, please refer to the Staff Vacation policy or applicable collective agreement (available on the TTC intranet).

Sean Milloy
Director – Employee Relations
September 1, 2020

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