Getting Maternity and Parental Benefits in Toronto
Your Maternity and Parental Benefits are IE – “Insurable employment” payments given by Government of Canada.
Maternity benefits are offered to biological mothers, up to 15 weeks.
You can start your leave while you’re pregnant- 12 weeks prior to their expected date.
Parental benefits are offered to moms or dads, up to 35 weeks for caring for a newborn baby or newly adopted child.
Maternity and Parental Benefits Payments:
If you choose 12 months of maternity leave: The basic rate is 55% out of your income, the maximum amount of $547 per week.
If you choose 18 months of maternity leave: The basic rate is 33% out of your income, the maximum amount of $328 per week.
Your benefits are taxable, taxes will be deducted from your benefits.
Who can get maternity and/or parental leave in Canada?
Employees that pay IE (insurable employment) and worked at least 600 hours in the last 52 week period are eligible.
You don’t have to be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident; you’re also eligible if you have a valid working visa.
When should you apply?
As soon as possible after you stop working.
You will find all the information you need here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/types/maternity_parental.shtml#eligible