Alberta appoints committee to study parental leave

Alberta may extend leave, as other provinces have done, to 52 weeks. But before they do they'll consult Albertans, experts.
||Last Updated: 04/07/2003

Alberta is the latest province to propose extending its guaranteed employment leave provision for new parents. Unlike Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, which simply increased the provision to 52 weeks to match federal legislation, Alberta is appointing a committee to figure out what the optimum amount of time would be.

“Before we change the provisions in the Employment Standards Code, we need further advice from both employees and employers on what is an acceptable length of guaranteed employment leave for parents,” said Clint Dunfrod, Alberta’s Human Resources and Employment minister.

The committee comprises: