In an effort to encourage more parents to share the work of raising their children more equally, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today that soon-to-be parents will be eligible to receive extra weeks of parental benefits.
Government of Canada will launch the parental sharing benefit on March 17, 2019. Canada Labour Code will be changed to reflect this new benefit and to ensure that federally regulated private‑sector employees have the right to take leave while receiving the parental sharing benefit without fear of losing their job.
This new leave will be available to parents who are eligible for and share their Employment Insurance parental benefits, including adoptive or same-sex parents, for a child born or placed for the purpose of adoption on or after March 17, 2019.
Parents are eligible and share their Employment Insurance parental benefits can choose from
- five additional weeks of parental benefits to the 35 week standard option or
- add eight additional weeks to the 61 week extended option.
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Source: News Release