The table below indicates the maximum number of benefit weeks and percentage of average weekly earnings for each type of benefit, depending on the plan chosen.
|Type of Benefits||Basic Plan||Special Plan|
|Maximum number of benefit weeks||Percentage of average weekly income||Maximum number of benefit weeks||Percentage of average weekly income|
(exclusively for the woman who gave birth)
|18||70 %||15||75 %|
(exclusively for the biological father)
|5||70 %||3||75 %|
(may be shared between the biological parents)
|7||70 %||25||75 %|
(may be shared between the adoptive parents)
|12||70 %||28||75 %|
When you apply for benefits under the Québec Parental Insurance Plan, you must choose between two options, the basic plan or the special plan. This choice will determine the length of leave and the percentage replacement of your income.
It is possible to receive:
The choice of plan is determined by the first of the two parents to receive benefits, which binds the other parent, even in cases of shared custody. Once you have begun receiving your benefits, you can no longer change plans. The choice of plan is irrevocable and applies for the entire duration of the benefit period.
For example, if the mother is the first to receive benefits and she chooses the basic plan for her maternity benefits, the basic plan will necessarily apply to the paternity and parental benefits. It is therefore very important to check which of the two plans is to your greater advantage before applying for benefits. To do so, you can try the benefit calculation simulator. You can use this tool to estimate the amount of benefits to which you may be entitled, depending on the selected plan.
You must agree with your employer on the time of your leave. The Act respecting labour standards has provisions on leave for family events. For more information, contact the Service des renseignements of the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) at one of the following number: 1 844 838-0808 (toll free). You can also visit the CNESST website.
If you have made arrangements with your employer to take paid vacation days within the first 18 weeks following the birth of your child, please note that you could lose maternity benefit weeks under the Québec Parental Insurance Plan. As a rule, maternity benefit weeks cannot be paid later than the 18th week following the week of the birth. It is therefore preferable to make arrangements with your employer to schedule such paid vacation days for after your parental leave period.
Last update: 2009-06-11