Maternity Leave In Canada

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rb - April 27

Does anyone have information about maternity leave in Canada? Or even, where I can find out more about it? I need the specifics to decide if I will take maternity leave or not... any information would really help!!! Thank-you!!!

 

MG - April 27

rb, you should go to your local employment office. They have all the info you need, and you can talk to someone who works there if you have questions. You can also apply online, via the Human Ressources Canada site. That's what I did, and I had no problems. I hope you know that you're ent_tled to 52 weeks of maternal/parental leave. Good luck.

 

lilmum - April 27

as long as you've had 52 weeks of insured income (you've worked for a year without taking EI, but if you took a week off here or there, you can omit them and go back that many weeks instead) or i THINK is 700 hours of work.. so if you've worked for 6 months but you worked full time, your still ent_tled to it. do like MG said and check with your local employment office or human resourses website. It's alot easier to call or go into the office, they will make more sense of it for you. Good luck.

 

tara - April 27

You should also know that you get 55% of your wages for mat leave which a part of EI. The 55% is maxed out at 39k/year though. So if you make less than 39K/year you get 55% of that; but if you make more than 39k/year you get 55% of the 39K regardless of how high your income is. You get 52 weeks off and you can still accrue vacation days during your time off as well. As long as your income was insurable through EI you should be fine with taking Mat leave. During this time your employer has to hold your position open for you if you decide to return to work. Hope this helps.

 

tara - April 27

what other sort of info do you need?

 

VIV - April 27

Wow I wish we got that kind of maternity leave here in the states!

 

monica - April 27

I agree, I wish here in california we had that type of maternity leave. I think they only give you six weeks v____al or 8 weeks c-section. Then family leave but it might not be paid and its only for 6 weeks.

 

tara - April 27

I work for a company that has offices across the US and everytime someone in Canada goes on Mat leave the girls in the US are mad about how long we get. I'm always shocked to see the US girls come back to work with in 6 weeks after having a baby! I can't even imagine that - with the commute they do sometimes they are away from thier baby up to 9 or 10 hours a day!

 

rb - April 27

thanks ladies - what happens if you take maternity and decide not to return to work once it's over - (like that never happens) - do you quit and then advise the gov. - do you have to pay anything back?

 

LK - April 27

No, you don't have to pay back your benefits while on parental and maternity leave, you will just not get anymore money from EI.

 

lilmum - April 27

no, it's great, you don't have to go back to work, or you can work somewhere else, but if you do go back to your old job you have to give four weeks written notice that you are coming back inorder to get your old job and old wages, otherwise they can refuse you, or decrease your wages.

 

lilmum - April 27

plus if you wanted to, you can go back to work for four or five months, get pregnant again and take another year off!

 

jess - April 27

hey rb...you can look it up online as well HRDC has a pretty informative website..........

 

rb - April 27

thanks guys - i'm so clueless when it comes to stuff like this...

 

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