21. A teacher who has had a period of absence without pay at a time he or she held pensionable employment may, if the teacher applies therefor, be credited in whole or in part with the period of absence if it consisted of more than 30 consecutive days or, in the case of part-time absence, of more than 20% of the regular time of a full-time teacher holding similar employment.
The teacher may not be credited with less than 10 pensionable days in respect of the same school or calendar year, as the case may be, unless the number of days is less than 10. In such a case, the teacher may be credited with all those days.
To redeem a period of absence, a teacher must be contributing to the plan on the date the application is received by the Commission which must be subsequent to the date of the end of the period of absence except if pursuant to section 18 or 19 the teacher does not pay contributions. However, such a period may also be redeemed if, at the end of the period, the teacher is no longer contributing to the plan by reason of eligibility for a pension or death, by reason of a transfer agreement entered into under section 158 of the Act respecting the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (chapter R-10) or, where the teacher contributed after the period of absence, if the teacher’s application for redemption and pension application are received simultaneously by the Commission.
For the purposes of the third paragraph, a teacher who, at the end of the period of absence without pay, is contributing to the Pension Plan of Peace Officers in Correctional Services, the Civil Service Superannuation Plan, the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan or the Pension Plan of Management Personnel even, in the latter two cases, if the teacher holds pensionable employment under the Pension Plan of Certain Teachers, may also redeem a period of absence prior to his or her participation in any such plan if the application was received while the teacher was participating in this plan.
A teacher who ceases to participate in the plan after a period of absence without pay of 30 consecutive days or less for which only part of the amount to be withheld pursuant to section 29.0.1 has been withheld may also be credited with that part of the period of absence for which no amount has been so withheld.
With respect to the person referred to in section 8.8 of the Act respecting the Pension Plan of Peace Officers in Correctional Services (chapter R-9.2), the eligibility for a pension provided for in the third paragraph refers to the pension accrued under the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan.
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