Questions and answers

What is the criteria for maternity leave?

What is the criteria for maternity leave?

Eligibility. As per the Act, to be eligible for maternity benefit, a woman must have been working as an employee in an establishment for a period of at least 80 days within the past 12 months. Payment during the leave period is based on the average daily wage for the period of actual absence.

How many hours do you need for maternity leave in BC?

To be eligible for EI maternity benefits, you must have accumulated at least 600 hours of insurable employment in your qualifying period.

What is qualifying period for maternity pay?


Jurisdiction Qualifying Period Length of Leave
Federal 6 consecutive months 17 weeks
Alberta 52 consecutive weeks 15 weeks
British Columbia Not Specified 17 weeks
Manitoba 7 months 17 weeks

How long is mat leave in BC?

17 weeks
Parental leave is available following the 17 weeks of maternity leave and extends time off of up to 78 weeks (18 months) for the birth parent. On your application, you can select whether to apply for: Up to 52 weeks as standard parental leave. Up to 78 weeks as extended parental leave.

Can I go from regular EI to maternity leave?

Yes. You can normally receive up to 50 weeks of regular benefits combined with maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care or family caregiver benefits in the same benefit period of 52 weeks. The only exception is when EI regular benefits and extended parental benefits are paid during the 52-week period.

When can I start maternity leave Canada?

You can start receiving maternity benefits as early as 12 weeks before your due date or the date you give birth. You can’t receive these benefits more than 17 weeks after your due date or the date you gave birth, whichever is later. A maximum of 15 weeks of benefits is available.

When should you tell HR you are pregnant?

Legally, you need to tell your employer that you’re pregnant at least 15 weeks before your due date; this is known as your ‘notification week’. However, it’s likely you’ll want to tell them before this, in part because it’s fantastic news, but also because you’ll want to take time off for antenatal appointments.

Should I tell my boss I’m pregnant at 6 weeks?

It’s acceptable to wait to tell your boss until your pregnancy is 14 to 20 weeks along. That way, you can also point out you can still do your job while carrying a child. If you can, consider timing your announcement to coincide with the completion of a project or another milestone.