Economy Families

Allow parents to receive benefits in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to 18 months.

Liberal Platform Page 18 October 5, 2015
Nov 2017

Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit, to come into effect Dec. 3 [2017], as questions remain

CBC News November 09, 2017

When the federal government's long-promised changes to parental leave rules go into effect, eligible new parents will be able to spread 12 months of employment insurance benefits over 18 months after the birth of a child.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the changes, first outlined in this year’s federal budget, combined with the new child benefit and other changes to the EI system are all designed to give families more flexibility and help the economy as well.

These changes to parental leave benefits came into effect on December 03, 2017.

Mar 2017

Federal Budget 2017: Liberals extend parental leave to 18 months, boost childcare funding

Global News March 22, 2017

The Liberals have also made good on their campaign promise of extending parental leave and benefits to 18 months.

Parents who choose to stay at home longer, however, will have to make do with a lower Employment Insurance (EI) benefit rate of 33 per cent of their average weekly earnings, instead of the current rate of 55 per cent.

Canadians will still be able to opt for the traditional 12-month leave at the higher benefit rate.

These changes are expected to take effect later in the year.