// Parental Leave
Having a baby?
For contract B, C, D and E teachers:
- The employer pays leave of thirty (30) teaching days at full pay.
- Employment Insurance (EI) pays 15 weeks of maternity leave benefits. These weeks must be taken within 17 weeks of the birth of the child. (Only birth mom can take this leave.)
- EI pays 35 weeks – 61 weeks of parental leave benefits. (Available to both parents, can be shared, decision must be made prior to the start of the parental in regards to 12 or 18 months. In the case of the 18 months option, there are no additional funds, the same amount of money is simply spread over a longer timeframe. Once you have started either option, you cannot change your mind.)
On the occasion of the birth of his child, a male teacher shall be granted on request leave with pay for five (5) consecutive working days which must be taken within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the date of birth of his child.
For supply teachers, the Employment Insurance benefits (maternity and parental) apply, but not the 5 or 30 days.
In order to qualify for EI benefits, you must have worked 600 hours, which is 75 full teaching days. There is also a one (1) week waiting period. (It used to be 2 weeks.)
For more information related to maternity, adoption and parental leaves, please click here.