Maternity benefits are granted to help mothers recover from pregnancy or childbirth. Only mothers who have experienced pregnancy, childbirth or a termination of pregnancy after 19 complete weeks of gestation are eligible.
Paternity benefits are exclusively for the father or the spouse of a woman who gave birth, if the spouse is registered on the act of birth. The benefits allow the person to be present to take care of their child.
Parental benefits allow both parents to be present to take care of their child. Parents can take the benefit weeks simultaneously or in succession. Some parental benefits may be shared, others not.