Parents can now take 18 months parental leave starting Dec 3 2017 2017-11-24
Starting Dec 3, 2017, parents can now opt for a 18 month parental leave. This is fantastic news for parents who want to spend longer time with their babies. It also takes the stress out of parents who are still on a waitlist for daycare at the end of the current 12 month period and need to get back to work.
One thing to keep in mind is that this could have financial implications. The EI benefits remain the same. The amount one would have received before, 15 weeks of maternity leave and 35 weeks of parental leave, will be spread over 18 months. So, parents should not expect a standard EI payout for the additional 6 months and should plan accordingly.
To learn more about this policy change click here.
To learn more about the EI maternity and parental leave benefits, click here.