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Taking time off work: For new and expecting parents

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If you are going to have a baby or adopt a child, Ontario law says you can take time off work without losing your job. This is called taking a leave. Your employer does not have to pay you during a leave, but they have to give you back your job, or a similar job, when you return.

If you have worked enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), you can get EI benefits for some of the time you are on leave. You can get up to a maximum of $562 a week.

There are 2 types of leaves and benefits for new parents.

Parental leave and benefits are for new birth parents and adopting parents.

Pregnancy leave and maternity benefits are only for women who are pregnant or who have just given birth.

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