There is a new protected leave in the Labour Standards Code which gives employees the right to take time off work to attend their Citizenship Ceremony.
Like all protected leaves, this leave is unpaid, but it protects the employee’s job security. The leave is for up to one day, or less if the employee chooses.
If possible, employees must give their employer 14 days notice that they plan to take the leave. If this is not possible, they must give as much notice as reasonably possible.
If the employer asks, the employee must provide evidence that they are attending their citizenship ceremony on a particular day, for example the “Notice to Appear” sent by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.