What payroll needs to know about Quebec’s new parental leave

Beginning next year, Quebec residents will have their own parental leave program separate from the federal EI program
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/21/2005

Beginning in January, the province of Quebec will offer a new Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) for provincial residents. The new plan will provide eligible workers in Quebec with maternity, paternity, parental and adoption benefits.

Quebec residents, like Canadians in other parts of the country, are currently covered by similar benefits under the employment insurance (EI) program that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada administers. However, the new QPIP will offer paternity benefits, which the EI program does not, and it will provide more options for benefit payments.

Once the plan is in force, eligible workers in Quebec will continue to have access to other types of federal EI benefits, for instance regular, sickness, and compassionate care benefits.