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Taking time off work: For new and expecting parents

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Parental benefits

EI parental benefits are for all new parents, not just birth mothers.

You can choose to get standard benefits or extended benefits..

Standard benefits: You can get parental benefits for up to 35 weeks. You will get 55% of your previous earnings, up to a maximum of $562 per week.

You cannot receive these benefits later than 52 weeks after your child is born or placed with you for adoption, unless your child was hospitalized during that time.

If both parents have worked enough hours to receive EI parental benefits, they can share these 35 weeks of benefits. For example, one parent could claim 20 weeks and the other could claim 15 weeks.

If your child was born or placed with you for adoption on or after March 17, 2019, you get an extra 5 weeks of benefits to share. This means the parents can share up to 40 weeks of benefits. You can share them any way you like, as long as no one parent gets more than 35 weeks.

Extended benefits: If you choose extended benefits, you can get parental benefits for up to 61 weeks. You will get 33% of your previous earnings, up to a maximum of $337 per week.

You cannot receive these benefits later than 78 weeks (about 18 months) after your child is born or placed with you for adoption, unless your child was hospitalized during that time.

If both parents have worked enough hours to receive EI parental benefits, they can share these 61 weeks of benefits. For example, one parent could claim 30 weeks and the other could claim 31 weeks.

If your child was born or placed with you for adoption on or after March 17, 2019, you get an extra 8 weeks of extended benefits to share. This means the parents can share up to 69 weeks of benefits. You can share them any way you like, as long as no one parent gets more than 61 weeks.