Vacation, Leave & Pension

Island Health offers a comprehensive benefits package, which may vary depending on the collective agreement and employment status.

Most packages will include:


Most vacation entitlement starts at four weeks with additional time accrued based on years of service.

Statutory Holidays

Twelve statutory holidays are observed annually.

Sick Leave

For employees who have accrued sufficient paid sick leave credits, short-term sick leave benefits are provided if unable to work due to injury or illness.

Special Leave

Unpaid Compassionate Care Leave may be available to care for a terminally ill family member (in accordance with the Employment Standards Act).

Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave

Leave is provided in accordance with the Collective Agreement and legislation. A supplemental employment benefit/top-up (SEB) may be payable to eligible employees. In addition, paid time off may be available in the event of a family crisis.

Pension Plans

The Municipal Pension Plan and Public Service Pension Plan are cost shared arrangements where both the employee and employer contribute. Employees are vested after contributions have been made to the plan for two years.