Québec Parental Insurance Plan

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Applying for Benefits

Important changes to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan

Before submitting your application, please read the following information regarding the new legislative provisions.

The expected date of childbirth is on or after January 1, 2021

  • The period within which paternity or parental benefits may be taken has been increased to 78 weeks. If you wish to take certain weeks from the 52nd to the 78th week, you can enter them in your online file when you are ready to take them.
  • You are entitled to additional weeks of shareable parental benefits if you and the other parent have each received a minimum of 8 weeks of shareable benefits (6 weeks under the special plan). You can enter the weeks in your online file once you and the other parent have each received payment for your minimum number of shareable weeks.
  • The birth of more than one child as a result of a single pregnancy gives entitlement to exclusive benefits. Contact the Centre de service à la clientèle after your children are born.

The expected adoption date is on or after December 1, 2020

Before applying for benefits

The application form is personalized and has 7 steps. The questions in the form will adapt to your situation as you go along, based on the information you provide and the event regarding which you are applying for parental insurance benefits.

In order for us to determine eligibility for benefits, you will have to provide information about your situation and that of the other parent. The information you must provide includes:

  • Identification information:
    • Your social insurance number
    • The other parent’s social insurance number
  • Information about the birth or adoption of your child:
    • Location of birth or adoption
    • Type of adoption

Since benefit amounts are based on income, you may need to consult information found on the following documents:

  • Your income tax returns
  • Cheques
  • Records of Employment

Please note that you can check and change the information in your application form before submitting it, to make sure that the information you have indicated is correct.

To submit an application for parental insurance benefits online, you must first enter your clicSÉQUR user code and password. ClicSÉQUR is the Québec government's identity authentication service and helps make information exchange between citizens and the Québec public administration secure.

If you begin completing an application but do not immediately submit it, your information will be kept for 120 days. When you are ready to submit the application, access your file and select Continue.

Please note the following:

  • Each parent must submit an application for benefits.
  • If you use our online services, the date you submit your application is considered to be its filing date.
  • Benefits may be payable from the sixth week preceding the date of your application for benefits.
  • Once your application is sent to the QPIP, you will automatically receive a confirmation number confirming that your application has been recorded at the QPIP.
  • Do not provide any supporting documents unless we request them (we will send
    the request by email or regular mail).
  • To speed up the processing of your file, you can digitize or take a picture of any requested documents and upload them directly to your file using our online services.
  • If you send the documents by mail, be sure to send photocopies. Do not send the
  • If you apply for maternity benefits before the birth of your child, you must provide
    identification information about the child following his or her birth. You can provide the information to the QPIP through your online file or by calling the Centre de service à la clientèle.
  • You must also declare the child’s birth to the Directeur de l'état civil.
  • Decisions are usually rendered within 10 business days following the date the Centre de service à la clientèle received all documents needed to study the file.
  • During the period you receive benefits, you can access your online file to follow your file's progress and make certain changes.

Simplify Your Steps

For information on government programs and services for new or future parents, visit the Becoming a parent page at Québec.ca.

Last update: December 23, 2020