In Alberta you are entitled
to 52 weeks off of work for Maternity leave from your place of employment. **Some situations are different and could
depend on if a position is a contract or if there are different agreements
rights are- or if you feel that your rights are being infringed upon you can
always call labor standards (anonymously if need be) @ 1.877.427.3731
Maternity benefits you must have worked at least 600 hours of employment and
have paid into EI benefits. You are eligible to apply and take your Maternity leave
starting on your 8th week before your due date.
first 15 weeks of your year off, the following weeks are technically refereed
to as Parental leave and you or your partner is eligible to take the Parental
technically when you should apply for Maternity benefits. Applying too early could effect your weeks that you are
- If you are receiving the full Maternity and Parental benefits
you will only need to apply once which is at the beginning.
- If your partner is applying for parental leave they
will have to apply for it
- Parental leave can be the entire 35 weeks or it can be
taken for less time, to a minimum of 2 weeks.
Maternity benefits here
a Record of Employment (ROE) or if you are lucky they will submit your ROE on
your behalf. This will be on your last day before going on leave (ideally)
ROE yourself you will need to go to a Service Canada Branch to drop it off or
send it via mail.
out for 50 of your 52 weeks that you have off. That means you will not receive
your benefits right away, as there is a 2-week waiting period. You however
should have received your login information to log onto the Service Canada
website to check and see how the processing of your Maternity benefits are proceeding.
weeks, call and inquire. With my second child it took a month for my benefits
to be deposited into my account, and it was due to some miniscule piece of
information that was quickly entered within seconds. **
call this number – 1.800.206.7218
they open. So many people call this number that they generally don’t even have
enough room for people to wait on hold.
of insurable earnings up to a maximum of $514 per week.
this during my first Maternity leave and I ended up owing in taxes, which is a
big deal when you are only receiving 55% of your regular wage.
Hopefully this post has been informative and has helped you along the process of applying for your benefits. If this post was helpful to you, please leave a comment. Thanks for reading and congrats to you 🙂
Until next time