Québec Parental Insurance Plan

Québec Parental
Insurance Plan
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Features

The Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) is generous, flexible, accessible and provides benefits specifically for the father.

Generous

  • The maximum insurable earnings considered when calculating benefits are $78,500 in 2020 and $83,500 in 2021. This income is adjusted on January 1 of each year at the rate set by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).
  • An increased benefit may be granted to individuals whose average weekly earnings are less than the equivalent of a normal work week of 40 hours paid at the general minimum wage rate effective in Québec. 
  • Additional benefit weeks are offered when a certain number of shareable parental benefit weeks or shareable adoption benefit weeks have been paid to each parent.

Flexible

  • You can choose between QPIP's two options: the basic plan and the special plan. They differ in the duration of leave and the percentage of income replaced.

    You can therefore receive lower benefits for a longer period or higher benefits for a shorter period.

  • Benefits are payable as of the first day of eligibility for them.

Accessible

  • Salaried workers and self-employed workers may be eligible for the QPIP.
  • Farmers with a salaried job on or away from the farm and who have shares in the farming business may be eligible for the QPIP.
  • The minimum insurable earnings considered when calculating the benefits is $2,000, regardless of the number of hours worked.

Benefits specifically for the father

Paternity benefits are available exclusively for the newborn's father.

Last update: September 24, 2021