In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government closed schools and daycares. The government has now started to allow daycares and schools to open. Each province and city will be different in their approach, guidelines and dates of re-opening.

Canada Post Corporation (CPC) informed the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that since the economy is starting to re-open, they will have their local management team contact members off on Special Leave for Family Care. A series of questions will be asked by local management to determine if you qualify to remain on paid special leave. If in CPC’s opinion, you do not qualify, we suggest you contact your union representative as other options may be explored.

CPC also informed CUPW that as of July 1, 2020 when your personal day allotments reset, if you have not found alternate family care, that you will be required to exhaust all personal days as per clause 21.03 of the Urban collective agreement and clause 19.03 of the RSMC collective agreement. In addition, anyone who has upcoming annual leave booked will not be permitted 😮 displace them, but will be required to use their leave prior to being put back on special leave.

There is an obligation for anyone on Family Care leave to actively look for alternatives. There is no hard return to work date. CPC must review each situation on a case-by-case basis depending on the availability of childcare/eldercare in your area and your personal situation. CPC has stated they will follow up with individuals on Family Care leave bi-weekly.

If you are unable to find alternate family care, CPC may provide the following options:

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