Quebec’s new parental insurance law

Passed but not yet enacted, Quebec’s new parental insurance law offers coverage for the self-employed and for adoption.
By Sheila Brawn
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 08/29/2001

The Quebec government has passed a new law that, once in effect, will provide eligible workers in the province with maternity, paternity, parental and adoption benefits similar to the maternity and parental benefits offered under the federal Employment Insurance (EI) program.

Bill 140, An Act respecting parental insurance, was assented to on May 30, 2001. It has not yet come into force. Quebec Minister of Child and Family Welfare Linda Goupil has stated that the province would first like to reach an agreement with the federal government to recover the EI premiums Quebec employees and employers pay before enacting the legislation.