Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, your Committee of General Chairpersons met with Air Canada Labour Relations to discuss
changes to the sick leave provisions of the Canada Labour Code (CLC).
Members are advised that the new sick leave provisions of the CLC have been integrated into the legacy
sick leave provisions contained in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Under the CLC, federally regulated employees are entitled to accrue up to ten (10) paid sick days per
calendar year. As of January 1, 2023, employees were allocated three (3) paid sick days and will further
accrue one (1) day of paid sick leave per month up to a maximum of ten (10) days per calendar year.
For 2024 and subsequent years, one (1) paid day of sick leave per month will be accumulated as of
January 1st, up to the maximum of ten (10) paid days per calendar year. Unused CLC sick days will be
carried over into subsequent years up to the maximum of ten (10) sick days per calendar year.
Note that CLC paid sick days do not count as occurrences under LOU 10.04 of the CBA and are not
subject to the associated penalties or time windows, but your legacy collective agreement rights
Starting January 1, 2023, Members accessing sick days will have their accumulated CLC sick
bank debited first. If/once the CLC bank is exhausted, any additional sick days will be applied in
accordance with the existing (CBA) legacy sick leave provisions.
The CLC states that employers may request medical substantiation for absences lasting five (5) days
or longer. At this time Air Canada has not advised of any amendments to their Attendance
President & Directing General Chairperson