Pregnancy/Parental FAQ


The most important thing now is to take care of yourself and your family.  The CTA has prepared this information to ensure that you have all the information you need to guide you to make the most informed decision.

If you are a TTOC, you do not qualify for any leave provisions in the Provincial Collective Agreement (link) between School District 33 and the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association (CTA).

Instead, you must make yourself unavailable for the duration of your leave. However, you may qualify for some government benefits. Follow the checklist steps:

  • Ensure that you have worked 600 hours (9.1 insurable hour per day/45.5 per week) in the ‘qualifying period’, which is the shorter of:
    • 52 weeks immediately preceding a claim for benefits; or
    • the period since the beginning of the preceding claim Notify the School District by email or submit in person a letter informing them of your leave. This should be completed at least 4 weeks prior to birth.

Template email:

Sample Email for TTOCs to: Subject: Notice of Unavailability due to Pregnancy Dear Nadine, I am informing you of my unavailability for the TTOC roster effective (date). The expected due date is (date). I have entered this period of unavailability in ADS and have attached my medical documentation. Thank you,