Ipo Maternity And Paternity Leave

Ipo maternity and paternity leave

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Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits provide financial assistance to:

  • people who are away from work because they're pregnant or have recently given birth
  • parents who are away from work to care for their newborn or newly adopted child

You could receive up to 55% of your earnings, to a maximum of $573 a week.

Maternity benefits

Maternity benefits are only available to the person who is away from work because they're pregnant or have recently given birth.

They cannot be shared between parents.

The person receiving maternity benefits may also be entitled to parental benefits.

Parental benefits

Parental benefits are available to the parents of a newborn or newly adopted child.

You must choose between 2 options:

  1. Standard parental benefits
  2. Extended parental benefits

Your choice determines the number of weeks and the weekly amount you'll receive.

If sharing, each parent must choose the same option and submit their own application.

Ipo maternity and paternity leave

Parents can receive their weeks of benefits at the same time or one after another.

Once you start receiving parental benefits, you cannot change options.

Benefit overview

Benefit nameMaximum weeksBenefit rateWeekly max
Maternity (for the person giving birth)up to 15 weeks55%up to $573

Maternity benefits can be followed by parental benefits.

You can apply for both at once.

Benefit nameMaximum weeksBenefit rateWeekly max
Standard parentalup to 40 weeks, but one parent cannot receive more than 35 weeks of standard benefits55%up to $573
Extended parentalup to 69 weeks, but one parent cannot receive more than 61 weeks of extended benefits33%up to $344

Examples

Ipo maternity and paternity leave