Adoption Benefits

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
Adoption
(may be shared between the adoptive parents)
12 70 % 28 75 %
25
(12+25=37)
55 %

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, 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..

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.

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

 
 
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