Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Canada launches parental sharing benefit to encourage equal childcare

The Canadian government has introduced a new parental sharing benefit this month (March 2019), to enable birth, adoptive and same-sex parents to share childcare responsibilities more equally. The Employment Insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit, which was initially announced during Canada’s 2018 Budget, became effective from 17 March 2019. This increases the standard duration of parental benefits from 35 weeks to 40 weeks, and lengthens the extended duration of parental benefits from 61 weeks to 69 weeks. Read More