Employee Wellness Support Program

The wellness of members has always been at the heart of every union's work.

We developed EWSP to protect members from political attacks on sick leave and to ensure every member has the sick leave they need when they need it.

EWSP is our solution. We developed it and negotiated for it. It’s our win.


This program ensures members will immediately have access to 26 weeks of sick leave at 100% income replacement for each illness. Sick leave will be available when you need it, as often as you need it.

EWSP will include:

  • 26 weeks of paid leave with 100% income replacement
  • 3 day paid qualification period for short-term disability benefits
  • 9 fully-paid sick days
  • 3 day carryover of unused sick leave days
  • qualifying chronic or episodic illnesses will be exempt from the waiting period
  • travel time for diagnosis and treatment
  • an employee on the EWSP leave will be considered to be on leave with pay
  • full costs of administering the EWSP will be borne by the employer
  • family-related leave will increase by one day

Pledge to vote for EWSP

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Latest News

15 July 2020
EWSP was developed by members for members, so that in times of need you can focus on your health. Learn more about the 26 weeks of leave paid at 100%.
8 June 2020
The Employee Wellness Support Program (EWSP) is moving forward after some delays at the beginning of the year. We have now finalized an agreement on the design of the program and this work is advancing smoothly.
4 February 2020
After we fought back Harper’s attack on our sick leave, we began negotiating the new Employee Wellness Support Program (EWSP). The recent election and change in cabinet have delayed this process. We are working hard to ensure EWSP remains a priority.
8 October 2019
1) Is my sick leave changing if I vote for this tentative deal?
3 October 2019
Background The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Treasury Board have reached a tentative deal on a Memorandum of Agreement to support employee wellness.
15 August 2019
The PIPSC EWSP technical and steering committees met several times with Treasury Board in late 2018 and early 2019 to finalize the proposed employee wellness support program that would replace our current sick leave regime.
12 July 2019
The PIPSC EWSP Advisory team has moved to a more intensive meeting schedule, with meetings now occurring every three weeks to coincide with, and provide support to the Technical Committee, that is meeting with Treasury Board to develop the proposed new wellness regime.
23 June 2019
Developing the Program and Reaching out to Members - Employee Wellness Support Program (EWSP) Update #3 The PIPSC EWSP Advisory Team has been meeting since last August, providing advice and guidance for the Technical Committee that is working with Treasury Board to develop the proposed
14 May 2019
The PIPSC Advisory Team continues to play a key role in developing and providing specific direction to the Technical Committee, as well as approving their work on a monthly basis.
24 April 2019
The Treasury Board and PIPSC have established a joint Steering Committee whose mandate is to ensure the success of the Technical Committee.
22 April 2019
In December 2016, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and Treasury Board reached a Memorandum of Agreement to support employee wellness. Multiple groups are now involved in the development of an EWSP for our PIPSC members.
13 February 2019
In support of the Memorandum of Agreement on the Employee Wellness Support Program (EWSP), the Professional Institute of the Public Service has established this committee to direct the negotiations of a new EWSP.
20 February 2018
In this 15-minute video, representatives from the EWSP Advisory Team will walk you through the background of the program, how the ongoing work is getting done and the progress that has already been made.