Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Sick Days, Leave Days & OTIP

Sick Days:

Our Sick Leave Plan will provide sick leave days and short term disability days for reasons of personal illness, personal injury, including personal medical appointments and personal dental appointments. 

A permanent full time teacher is allotted 11 days of sick leave at 100% salary and 120 days of short term disability days at 90% salary with the possibility of top up to full salary.

Top-up days: If there are any of your 11 days from the previous year which were unused, they can be used to top up your salary.

Abilities Form and Instructions

The CAREpath (Cancer Assistance Program) is a Canadian Company providing services to help you navigate the complex health care system so you and your family members who are newly-diagnosed with cancer or have a cancer recurrence can receive the very best cancer-related treatment and support. Members are assigned a personal oncology nurse case manager to guide you through your treatment. Members can see how the CAREpath Navigation System works in this short video. CAREpath's role is NOT to replace your primary treating physician, or any part of a recommended cancer care plan. What CAREpath does is make sure you get the most out of every aspect of your treatment. CAREpath will guide you regarding what questions to ask your doctors, explain your test results, and help determine the best treatment plan for you. The team at CAREpath includes leading oncology physicians and nurses from across Canada. CAREpath enjoys unrivalled access to the most up-to-date, reliable, evidence-based information on cancer care from around the world.

The CAREpath (Cancer Information Line) enables you to secure information for extended family members, colleagues and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The CAREpath Cancer Information Line provides basic information on a variety of cancer-related topics as well as direction to appropriate websites that will supply more specific information. For questions of a general nature, website addresses will be suggested. If the concerns are related to a specific cancer, more detailed information will be offered. The CAREpath Cancer Information Line is available exclusively for eligible members seeking information on behalf of non-members - i.e. extended family of friends.

Posaction is an assistance program offered as an insurance benefit under our group insurance contract. For each policy year, insureds and their immediate family members can receive up to a total of twelve hours of face-to-face psycho-social counseling for family difficulties, work-related difficulties, personal problems or dependency problems. Telephone counseling is also available for legal or financial problems, or for difficulties associated with eldercare or childcare.

Feelingbetternow.com helps members confidentially identify mental health issues early and take immediate action, allowing them to stay healthy and productive at work. The assessment tool connects individuals to a personalized and immediate action plan for self-help or collaborative carewith a conselor, psychologist, or physician. It works seamlessly with your existing benefits.

OTIP (the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan), Programs:

As an OSSTF member with an LTD plan through OTIP, you also benefit from the services provided by OTIP.  OTIP is owned by the four teaching affiliates. To access any of these OTIP programs, contact the District Office or your Branch President for the LTD plan contract number.

OTIP provides home and car insurance. For more information: www.otip.com/OSSTF13.

Paid Leave Days:

 To apply for any leave days, you must apply on the Staff Portal.

 Apply on the Portal under Quick Links→ Employee Self Serve → Forms Online (on left side of screen) → Leave of Absence  → Reason for Absence: _______________


Paid leaves with a combined maximum of 5 days per school year:

  • Leave for special events or for compassionate reasons (combined total of up to 3 days)
  • Moving to a new residence on the day of the move
  • Personal legal transactions
  • Snow day (this is only done through an appeal. Contact the District office for more information)
  • Religious Days (3 days)


Paid leaves which do not count within the maximum:

  • Quarantine by the Medical Officer of Health
  • Jury duty
  • Writing examinations or attending one's own graduation (one day)
  • Attending graduation of spouse or child from secondary or post-secondary institution (one day)
  • Attending birth of child (one day)
  • Homecoming of child (one day)
  • Bereavement leave (up to 5 days for an immediate family member)
  • Bereavement leave (1 day for an aunt, uncle or close personal friend)


Provincial Leave Day (1 day in 2017-2018 or 2018-2019):

There is also 1 paid leave day available in either 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 not included in the maximum; send an email directly to your Principal at least two weeks in advance indicating that you would like a Provincial Leave Day approved and include the specific day you are requesting; then complete a planned absence form and submit it as usual, indicating that the reason for the absence is the Provincial Leave Day; use absence code 200; unless there is a huge demand for this particular day, this approval should be automatic.


Unpaid Leave Days:

You can also apply for an unpaid day if it does not fit into any of the categories listed above.  


Leaves longer than a few days:

A similar application process through the portal covers longer leave times but there are different aspects to be aware of that are better outlined in the 2 attachments below:


Contact the District Office BEFORE applying for a leave. We are often able to advise our members on the best way to submit an application.

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