Summary of the Evaluation of the Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits

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About Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) maternity benefits are only available to the eligible person who is away from work because:

EI parental benefits are available to EI-eligible parents. This allows either parent to take time off work to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. Budget 2017 and Budget 2018 introduced changes such as:

Since 2006, new parents in Québec have been receiving benefits under Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) instead of EI. QPIP can be accessed at lower insurable earnings and offers more generous benefits, but at a cost of higher premiums.

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