Leave for Injured Military Reservists

The Ontario government is introducing new legislation to create job-protected leave for injured military reservists. If passed, the legislation will allow military reservists to return to their civilian jobs after deployment. A job-protected leave will acknowledge their physical and mental trauma, and could provide the reservists with additional time off to recover before returning to work. The new legislation may also amend the Ontario Employment Standards Act to expand reservist leave for employees who receive physical or mental treatment, recovery or rehabilitation. This can only be applicable if it is related to a participation in a military operation or specified activity.


The Canadian Armed Forces continues to experience shortages of reservists and troops, with one in 10 of the military’s 100,000 positions unfilled. This legislation, if passed, aims to help relieve that shortage.