Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits
Part Two: Employment Insurance benefits
While you are on pregnancy or parental leave, you might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) pregnancy or parental benefits.
If you are self-employed, you can apply for these benefits if you have paid EI premiums for at least 12 months. To make arrangements to pay premiums as a self‑employed worker, you must set up an online account at www.servicecanada.ca.