Change to Tri-Agency paid parental leave policy

Change to Tri-Agency paid parental leave policy

The Tri-Agencies (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) have announced a change to the paid parental leave policy.

The change applies to holders of a graduate scholarship (such as CGS-M, CGS-D or other Tri-Agency Doctoral award, or a Vanier) or postdoctoral fellowship from the granting agencies, as well as to students and fellows who are paid from a supervisor’s Tri-Agency grant.

In summer 2019, the Tri-Agencies announced the extension of the duration of paid parental leave (PPL) from 6 to 12 months for individuals who were on an active paid parental leave on April 1st, 2019 or later.  They have now extended the policy to include those who were on an unpaid parental leave of six months or less as of April 1st, 2019.

Individuals who were on an unpaid parental leave status on April 1, 2019 immediately following a paid parental leave (with no interruption in between) are now able to request an extension with funds to their initial paid leave for up to 6 additional months (thereby providing individuals with up to 12 consecutive months of PPL). Doing so will effectively convert their unpaid leave into paid leave.

The extension of the paid parental leave is not automatic.  A new form requesting the additional months of paid parental leave must be submitted to the Tri-Agency by February 14, 2020.

Further questions:

  • For students and fellows who are paid from a supervisor’s Tri-Agency grant, questions should be referred to the department’s research grant administrator.
  • For postdoctoral fellows who are Tri-Agency funding recipients, questions should be referred to the Office of Research Services (ors@ors.ubc.ca) for UBC-Vancouver trainees or Okanagan’s Office of Research Services (ubco@ubc.ca) for UBC-Okanagan trainees.
  • For graduate students who are Tri-Agency scholarship recipients, instructions on submitting paid leave paperwork are available in the Award Holder’s Guide under “Interruption of award”: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/Guides-Guides/TriRTA-TriBFR_eng.asp.  Questions can be directed to awards@ubc.ca.
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