During an unpaid leave of absence, you:

  • Do not contribute to the plan,
  • Do not acquire pensionable service, and
  • May not withdraw contributions or collect termination benefits such as a refund or a pension.

The treatment of paid leaves of absence is dependent on the specific circumstances of the leave (e.g., type of leave, length of leave), and may or may not be considered pensionable service.

There are special provisions for:

If you are enrolled in a deferred salary leave plan, you will continue to contribute to TRAF based on 100% of your gross annual salary rate and continue to earn full service credits during that time.

Contributions are not made to the fund, nor is pensionable service acquired during the period of leave.

However, if you attend an educational institution during your leave, you may purchase the service as an educational leave.