Parental Benefits

The total number of parental benefit weeks may be taken by one of the two parents, or shared between them as they see fit. Parents may take these weeks simultaneously or in succession.

In addition to the parental benefits, the woman who gave birth is entitled to maternity benefits and the father to paternity benefits.

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
Maternity
(exclusively for the woman who gave birth)
18 70 % 15 75 %
Paternity
(exclusively for the father)
5 70 % 3 75 %
Parental
(may be shared between the parents)
7 70 % 25 75 %
25
(7+25=32)
55 %

Basic Plan

Example 1 :

Under the basic plan, a mother may receive a maximum of 50 benefit weeks, i.e., 18 weeks of maternity benefits and 32 weeks of parental benefits if the father agrees that she alone receives all parental benefits.

Example 2 :

Under the basic plan, a father may receive a maximum of 37 benefit weeks, i.e., 5 weeks of paternity benefits and 32 weeks of parental benefits if the mother agrees that he alone receives all parental benefits.

Special Plan

Example 1 :

Under the special plan, a mother may receive a maximum of 40 benefit weeks, i.e., 15 weeks of maternity benefits and 25 weeks of parental benefits if the father agrees that she alone receives all parental benefits.

Example 2 :

Under the special plan, a father may receive a maximum of 28 benefit weeks, i.e., 3 weeks of paternity benefits and 25 weeks of parental benefits if the mother agrees that he alone receives all parental benefits.

To find out the estimated amount of benefits to which you may be entitled, you can try the benefit calculation simulator before applying.

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 websiteLink to external site..

Last update: 2017-05-30

 
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