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Women who are expecting a baby are entitled to a maternity leave of up to 17 weeks. When combined with parental leave, it can add up to a total of 52 weeks off work.
If you are an employee eligible for maternity benefits (for example if your master agreement or terms and conditions of employment offer you these benefits) maternity leave begins six weeks before your expected due date, or it can be deferred to closer to your due date with written consent from your doctor or midwife.
If you are not eligible for maternity benefits, your leave is per the Employment Standards Act.
*Note* If you become ill before your leave begins, but within the six-week period before your due date, contact us to confirm your leave start date.
Read the important information about your benefits, vacation and pension contributions while on maternity leave before you apply for this leave.
Follow this timeline to ensure you don't miss any steps. Notify MyHR of your upcoming leave, and contact us at any time if you have questions.
The start date of your leave will always be the day after your last day on pay.
Please note that Employment Insurance (EI) pay periods run Sunday to Saturday inclusive, as EI will not pay for partial weeks, it is in the employee's best interest to have the day after your last day of pay be a Saturday if possible.
Your supervisor will submit the documents through AskMyHR.
If you are eligible for maternity leave benefits, submit the following documents to your supervisor at least ten weeks before your leave:
If you are not eligible for maternity leave benefits but are requesting maternity leave, submit a letter stating the dates of your leave and a doctor's note stating your due date.
If you choose to take the maternity allowance, submit the following through an online AskMyHR Service Request or by fax 250-652-2155 after you receive your first Employment Insurance Payment:
Update your medical and dental benefits and your life insurance plans.
*NOTE* If you have Flexible Benefits, you have 60 days from the birth of your baby in which to make changes to your Flexible Benefits options.
If you will not be taking parental leave, inform your supervisor in writing of your intention to return to work at least one month before the end of your maternity leave. Use the Sample Letter to Supervisor Advising of Return to Work. Also inform your supervisor if:
If you are taking parental leave and have already included this leave with your maternity leave application, please refer to the parental leave timeline to find out what you need to do one month before the end of your parental leave.
Once you have used your maximum 17 weeks of maternity leave, you may apply for parental leave to extend your time off to up to 52 weeks.
Here are two ways you can extend your time off after you've used your maternity leave and/or parental leave.