Salary deductions for Quebec’s parental leave begin in January

Minister refuses to call premiums a tax, calling it a benefit for all Quebecers
||Last Updated: 09/23/2005

As of Jan. 1, Quebec employees and employers will begin paying higher premiums, for a total of $289 million a year, for parental leave, supporting what government officials call Canada’s most generous leave program.

Canada’s federal program covers 55 per cent of salaries to a maximum of $39,000 over 50 weeks. Quebec opted out of the federal leave program but the payroll deductions paid by the average Quebecer will increase to cover the cost of the $1.035-billion provincial plan.

Workers who earn $30,000 will pay $125 a year, up $23, while those who make $60,000 will pay $239, up $107.