(Closed) How many weeks of maternity leave do you get??

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am self-employed, so I won’t have extra maternity leave supplied by an employer. The federal government provides 6 months of paid, but I don’t think it’s much…

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

For the contract/self employed Canadian bees – in case you didn’t know, you can now sign up for EI as a self employed person and reap the same maternity & parental benefits as the regularly employed. 

Also, when you are on parental leave you can make up to 40% of your weekly benefits without losing any benefit money, so you can do some part time work with out it affecting your benefits. 

Post # 49
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

12 weeks unpaid.

6 weeks paid (50% of what I was making) through short-term disability, 2 more if I have to have a c-section.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@KitKatNYC:  You and me both, sister! Regarding healthcare in general, it appears that Canada just seems to care more for its citizens than does the U.S. This is coming from a girl who was flat-out DENIED mental health care coverage for 7 years. I’m looking at down coats as we speak…LOL!

Post # 51
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@KitKatNYC:  just as a side note, it’s 10 degrees Celsius in Vancouver today. No down coat required. 

we’ll have 52 weeks maternity/parental leave. I have to take maternity leave but the portion of parental can be taken by either parent.  We may look in to dh taking a portion to allow him time with the baby as well and because his work tops up to 93%. 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@deucesarewild1:  It is true about the self-employment and being able to collect Maternity & Parental benefits, but you need to have paid into it for at least a year before you can collect. Also the 40% of your benefit rate earnings was tossed out the window in August. You will now have essentially 50% of your earnings deducted from your EI benefits (e.g. if you work and make $100 in a week, EI will pay you $50 less on that pay cheque). There will be an option in January to go back to the old rules, though, but unless you ask for it, you’ll continue on the current method. 🙂

Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

6 weeks at 60% pay

Post # 54
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In Quebec:

mother 18weeks at 70% or 15 at 75%

father 5weeks at 70% or 3 at 75%

plus parental which can be taken by eimonth ether father or split between the two

7 weeks at 70% land 25 weeks at 55%

or

25 weeks at 75%

 

the lower rate is the “regular” package and the higher rate with a little less time is the “special plan”

maximum salary for calculation is $67500 for 2013

I’m not pregnant yet, and we aren’t planning to be until 2014, but I know I will be really lucky when the time comes.

we also get $7/ day daycare

 

 

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not quite sure yet because I haven’t researched very thoroughly, but I think I would first have to use all my accrued PTO, then short-term disability, which is some percentage of my pay, I believe for 8 weeks.  Then I would have FMLA for the remainder of the 6 months, unpaid.  

Ironically, my husband’s company has MUCH better paternity benefits than my company has maternity benefits – 3 months at 100% pay!!!  For maternity, paternity, and adoption. (Bank of America!  One of the best in the US as far as leave)

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For hubby and I, since we both work for the military, can split 35 weeks between us however we want. And then I think for me there are 15 weeks of maternity leave. We get 93% of our pay too, I think. I should be more up on this, because it’s part of my job, but that’s what publications are for! 🙂

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@dbeland:  So if I were to do: 

18 weeks at 70%
25 weeks at 75%

That’s 43 weeks. What about the other 9 weeks in the year? Do we get any time off for that? I assumed that you still got 52 weeks in QC. Unless I’m not understanding. I should probably ask my sister what she got, but if you could help me figure it out, it would be awesome!

Post # 58
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I love working unpaid overtime and scrambling to get work done for those who are at home with child. Love it. It’s just about my favorite thing. I find it completely fulfilling.

I feel that 52 weeks that Canadians get is not enough, it should be more like 2 -3 years at home with full pay.

[/sarcasm]

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I get a 12 week full paid leave, plus my vacations (Im thinking on saving 6 weeks), then I get a year full paid working half time.  🙂  

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I’m a teacher. I get six weeks for a vaginal birth, eight weeks for a C-section. Those are paid, however, they come out of my sick days (I have about 53 right now…the goal is to stay above 50 for this year and start out next year with a minimum of 65 days) We can take up to 12 weeks, but the last 4-6 weeks would be unpaid, even if you have the days.

  One nice thing about my district is that if you were to deliver over the summer, you could take your 6-8 weeks starting on our first contracted day, if you so choose. We’re kind of hoping to deliver in March-April so I could stay out until the start of the next school year.

Post # 61
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@jennyinstereo:  

they have a great calculator which walks you through it and how much they pay based on how many weeks each of you takes and how much you each earn

http://www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca/a_propos_regime/simulateur_calcul_en.asp

you have to choose between the regular or special program

With the regular program you get 18+7+25= 50 weels at regular rates per period

with the special program you get a little less time 18+25=43 but at a higher rate

as I understand it, the special program was designed to encourage women to go back to work a little sooner in exchange moneys higher payout rate.

 

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