Changes to Parental Benefits — September 27, 2018

Changes to Parental Benefits

September 27, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the Government of Canada has announced that Employment and Social Development Canada intends to launch the new parental sharing benefit on March 17, 2019.

This new measure will provide an additional five weeks of Employment Insurance (EI)  parental benefits when parents agree to share parental benefits, or an additional eight weeks for those who choose the extended parental benefit option. Parents with children born or placed for adoption on or after March 17, 2019, will be eligible.

As women make 85 percent of all parental claims and take longer leaves from the workplace, the EI parental sharing measure allows pregnant workers and their families to consider their personal, health and workplace circumstances when choosing when to begin their maternity leave.

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