Effective January 1, 2013, Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) who are covered by the Short-Term Disability Benefit (STDP) and who are unable to work due to personal illness or injury may qualify for benefits under the Extended Disability Program.
- The Extended Disability Program provides benefits for up to another 74 weeks AFTER the 30 weeks of STDP benefits have ended.
- Together, the STDP and Extended Disability Program provide eligible employees with up to a total of 104 weeks of coverage for each approved claim.
- Extended Disability Program benefits are equal to 70 per cent of your base pay.
- Extended Disability Program benefits are paid by Canada Post.
Following the September 2018 RSMC pay equity resolution, benefits eligibility under the Extended Disability Program has changed as follows:
- RSMC employees with a date of disability between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018 may apply for EDP benefits after 30 weeks of STDP benefits. Should their approved absence extend beyond 74 weeks of EDP benefits, they may be eligible to apply for Disability Insurance (DI) benefits.
- Eligible RSMC employees with a date of disability on or after January 1, 2019 will no longer apply for EDP following 30 weeks of STDP benefits and are instead covered under the Disability Insurance plan.
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