The total number of adoption benefit weeks may be taken by one of the two adoptive parents, or shared between them as they see fit. These weeks may be taken by the adoptive parents simultaneously or in succession.
The table below indicates the maximum number of adoption benefit weeks and percentage of average weekly earnings the parents are entitled to, 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|
(may be shared between the adoptive parents)
|12||70 %||28||75 %|
For adoption benefits, proof of the intention to adopt is required, so that it can be established that the child’s arrival is indeed for the purpose of adoption. In accordance with Québec law, certain documents are required to confirm the intention to adopt.
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 du travail (CNT) at one of the following numbers: 1 800 265-1414 (toll-free) or 514 873-7061. You can also visit the CNT website.
To find out the estimated amount of benefits to which you may be entitled, you can try the benefit calculation simulator before applying.
Last update: 2013-04-17