Maternity Leave Allowance for B.C. Government Employees
Maternity leave allowance supplements the amount you receive from Employment Insurance (EI) during your maternity leave.
You're eligible for the allowance if you're receiving EI benefits and are the following:
- A regular (full or part-time) employee
- An auxiliary employee eligible for benefits as per your Collective Agreement or Terms and Conditions of Employment
The maternity allowance amount is the difference between 85% of your basic pay and the Employment Insurance (EI) gross maternity benefit along with any additional earnings received.
Please note: Should your earnings change at any time during your maternity leave, you're required to report those earnings to both EI and the employer to avoid overpayment. Your allowance will be reduced dollar for dollar of the earnings that are reported.
Employment Insurance requires a one week waiting period before they process your first payment. If you qualify for the maternity allowance, you can receive a benefit waiting period allowance of up to 85% of your basic pay for the waiting period.
Salary Used to Calculate the Allowance
The allowance is calculated according to your base position. If the position’s wage goes up during your leave, the allowance will increase. Check your Collective Agreement to find out what increases apply.
If you're on a temporary appointment (TA) at the time of your leave, your allowance is calculated based on the salary stated in your temporary appointment letter. If your temporary appointment is scheduled to end during your leave, your allowance is recalculated using the basic pay amount for your base position for the rest of your leave.
Income Tax Implications
Income tax is deducted from maternity leave allowance and EI payments. However, you may want to discuss your personal tax situation with an independent financial adviser.
Not Claiming or Choosing to Defer the Allowance
If you're not sure you'll return to work after your leave, you may choose to defer or not apply for the maternity allowance. You may defer your decision only up to the end of the return to work repayment period. Let your supervisor know if you choose to defer.
If you take the allowance, then resign at the end of your maternity or parental leave, or don't fulfill the back-to-work requirements of your Collective Agreement or your Terms and Conditions of Employment, you'll be required to repay benefit premiums and any allowances you've received.
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See Returning to Work (or Not) for more information.
See Benefits, Pension, Vacation Accrual and Payroll Deduction for further details on benefit repayment. See your Collective Agreement for the period of time you're required to return to work.