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Absences and Accommodations

Leaves of absences

Information about pregnancy/parental leave (including adoption), other leaves and guidelines, and Employment Standards Act (ESA) leaves are located in the links below according to the employee group. 


University of Waterloo is committed to making every reasonable effort to assist all employees who require accommodations for disabilities in the workplace. This approach is consistent with the accessibility for ontarians with disabilities act and the workplace safety and insurance board. The Accommodation Guidelines document outlines employee and manager responsibilities and the process involved with requests.

Disability management

This section covers disability management (sick leave, long-term disability and graduated return to work programs), and time off for medical appointments and tests.