Canadians taking advantage of increased parental and maternity leave

Number of claims jumps nearly 25 per cent, HRDC minister "very pleased"
||Last Updated: 11/19/2002

More and more parents are taking advantage of increased maternity and parental leave in the wake of changes that allow one year off work to care for newborn children.

Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada, said about 216,000 Canadians accessed parental benefits in 2001 — the first year of the program — up 24.3 per cent from the 174,000 who did the year before.

The number of claims by men jumped almost 80 per cent from 12,010 in 2000 to 21,530 in 2001.