Buying service for a leave

Learn about your options for buying service during or after a leave of absence.

Eligibility for buying service for a leave

You can buy service for an approved leave if you meet the following requirements:

  • You were an active plan member before you took the leave
  • You apply within five years of the end of the leave or before ending employment with the employer with whom the leave occurred, whichever occurs first
  • Buying the leave does not cause you to exceed the limits described below

Limits on buying service for a leave

You can buy service for leaves up to the following maximums:

  • 12 months of pensionable service in a calendar year.
  • Three years of maternity or parental/adoption leave over your career. If you take off more than three years total for maternity or parental/adoption leaves, you can purchase the portion above the three-year maximum as a general leave.
  • Five years of general leaves over your career.
  • 35 years of total pensionable service over your career.

Restrictions apply if you want to buy a leave of absence for a period when you contributed to a registered pension plan with any other employer. Contact us for more information.