Parental Leave

Ready or not, being on parental leave will change how much money you'll be making. If you're eligible for Employment Insurance parental benefitslink opens in new window, it may not be enough to cover all your expenses. Not sure you'll have enough? Use the Parental Leave Calculator to find out.
Complete your Employment Insurance (EI) application early. It takes up to 28 days to process the application.

Parental Leave Calculator

See how much income you can expect during parental leave Note for Intro Before you start receiving EI benefits, there are two weeks for which you will not be paid. This is what we call the “waiting period.” You usually serve the waiting period at the very beginning of a benefit period, unless you receive earnings during this two-week period. In that case, the waiting period will start during the first week you’re entitled to benefits.

Annual income tip

The maximum benefits you can receive is based on an annual income of $47,400 or greater.


Please enter a range between 0 and $999,999

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Does your employer provide parental leave top-up
payments? Information tip Some employers give employees on parental leave extra payments or a “top-up” to their EI benefits for a specified period of time. Find out from your employer if you're eligible for these additional benefits.


Please enter a range between 0 and 100 percent


Please enter a range between 1 and 52 weeks

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*Calculation amount based on applicable income taxes
*This calculator is for illustrative purposes only