Fact Sheet


Leave for Citizenship Ceremony


Leave for a citizenship ceremony allows new Canadians to take up to four hours of unpaid leave for the purpose of attending their Canadian citizenship ceremonies.





Who Qualifies for Leave for a Citizenship Ceremony?

Employees who have worked for their employer for 30 days qualify for this leave.


How long can an employee be off for a citizenship ceremony?

Employees may take up to 4 hours of unpaid leave to attend their citizenship ceremony and receive their certificate of citizenship, as provided for under the Citizenship Act.


How much notice must an employee give to the employer to take Leave for a Citizenship Ceremony?

Employees who wish to take leave for a citizenship ceremony must tell their employer at least 14 days before the ceremony or, if 14 days is not possible, as much notice as is reasonable in the circumstances.


Does the employer need to pay during the leave?

No. Employers are only required to provide time off and allow employees to return to their job when the leave has ended. Employers do not have to pay wages during the leave.


Who decides what type of leave an employee is taking?

Employees must tell their employer what type of leave they are taking. The employer will need enough detail to show the time off meets the requirements for a statutory leave.

If an employee requests time off, the employer should ask whether they are advising of a leave available under The Employment Standards Code or requesting permission for unpaid time off. Employers do not control when an employee can take a statutory unpaid leave, but they do control other types of time off.


Is the employer required to keep information related to the leave confidential?

Yes.  Unless it is required by law or the employee has given consent, employers cannot disclose information related to a leave except to other persons in the workplace who need it to carry out their duties.


What is a period of employment?

The length of time from when an employee starts working for an employer until the day the employment ends.

The period of employment also includes periods of temporary interruption in employment (a layoff, an unpaid leave) seasonal employment, and when an employee returns to work for the same employer after a break of less than two months.  Employees who work in a seasonal industry and return to work with the same employer each season have continuous service. Each consecutive season they return adds one more year of service to their total period of employment.


For more information contact Employment Standards:

Phone:     204-945-3352 or toll free in Canada 1-800-821-4307

Fax:           204-948-3046

E-mail:     employmentstandards@gov.mb.ca

Website:  www.manitoba.ca/labour/standards

This is a general overview and the information used is subject to change. For detailed information, please refer to current legislation including The Employment Standards Code, The Construction Industry Wages Act , The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act, or contact Employment Standards.


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Date Published: February 21, 2017