All the facts you need to know about Paternity Leave in Canada and why taking Paternity Leave is a good start to fatherhood.
PATERNITY LEAVE IN CANADA
Quebec is Canada’s most paternity friendly region since 2006. Approximately 84% of Dads exercise this policy (compared to only 11% of dads in the rest of Canada).
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HOW IT WORKS
Parental benefits are paid for a maximum of 35 shared weeks plus 5 weeks of “daddy days”; paid within a year of the birth or adoption of the child. In 2022, the weekly benefit rate is 55% of the parent’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $638 a week before taxes.
Extended parental benefits are paid for a maximum of 61 shared weeks plus 8 weeks of “daddy days”; paid within 78 weeks of the birth or adoption of the child. In 2022, the weekly benefit rate is 33% of the parent’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $383 a week before taxes.
THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PATERNITY LEAVE
- Kids who grow up with a highly engaged Dad are more likely to have better mental and physical development, are more likely to be confident leaders, their risk-taking and risk-management increases, they show more pro-social behaviour, and display a greater ability of self-regulation. These children tend to be more emotionally stable, experience less anxiety and depression, and tend to be more active.
- Taking the time to care allows Dad to create a close bond with his child, become a more confident parent, gain new understanding of the importance of their influence in their child’s life and strengthen the relationship with his partner.
- By taking shared parental leave, Dads are supporting their working partners, allowing them to resume their careers earlier.
PLANNING FOR PATERNITY LEAVE
- Start with planning ahead at work; speak to your employer or HR department about your company’s paternity leave options and Employment Insurance policies.
- Help your team (colleagues and managers) plan for your work to be covered while you are away and similarly, plan for your re-entry to work.
- Prepare at home by crossing off any domestic work prior to the baby arriving, set expectations of household tasks with your partner, and seek advice from friends and/or family, or a financial representative to support in financial planning for your paternity leave.
- Take a parenting class and/or join a parenting community for support and guidance throughout this time.
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This free, online conversation helps dads know:
- The research behind why paternity leave is so important
- The benefits for children, dads, and moms/partners
- The widespread impact and best practices based on Quebec’s success (over 85% of dads take paternity leave)