Who is taking a leave?

September 26, 2013

September doesn't just mark the start of a new school year. In 2012, it was also the most popular month for our members to start their maternity leaves.

Anyone who has taken an approved leave of absence, like a mat leave, in the past 5 years can buy back that credit for their time away from work. Last year, more than 8,600 members decided to take some time away from work.

Of those, nearly 90% were women, the bulk of which were between the ages of 30 and 40. Mat leaves represented about 66% of the leaves, with employer-approved leaves in a distant second at 21%.

Considering buying back?

If you're one of the thousands taking some time off and contemplating buying back credit, a good place to start in your decision making is our timeline tool. The interactive feature lets you scroll through and explore the process, from start to finish, so you know exactly what to expect and when.

Check out our three biggest buyback myths, demystified.

Once you decide to purchase a buyback, log into iAccess Web, and visit the Buyback Centre. Use the payment planner to explore different scenarios. You can gage the financial impact of paying for your leave in one lump sum, or spreading the payments out up to five years.