Maternity leave (cf. Articles 26.06 to 26.27)

A resident is entitled to 21 weeks’ maternity leave during which she will receive benefits equal to 95% of her basic weekly salary. The benefits are paid partly by the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) and partly by the employer. To be entitled to these benefits, the resident must have been in residency for 20 weeks and be eligible for QPIP benefits.

The QPIP offers two types of plans: the basic plan and the special plan. It is important to note that once you have chosen a plan type, it can no longer be changed. The choice of plan is determined by the first of the two parents receiving benefits.

QPIP basic plan

Maternity leave (21 weeks) (Art. 26.06 et seq.)

Weeks 1 to 18

18 weeks’ QPIP maternity benefits (70%) + employer’s allowance = 95% of basic salary

Weeks 19 to 21

3 weeks’ QPIP parental benefits (70%) + employer’s allowance = 95 % of basic salary

Parental leave

(Art. 26.41)

Weeks 22 to 25

4 weeks’ QPIP parental benefits (70%)

Weeks 26 to 50

25 weeks’ QPIP parental benefits (55%)

Total:

50 weeks

(21 weeks x 95%) + (4 weeks x 70%) + (25 weeks x 55%)

 

QPIP special plan

Maternity leave

(21 weeks) (Art. 26.06 et seq.)

Weeks 1 to 15

15 weeks’ QPIP maternity benefits (75%) + employer’s allowance = 95% of basic salary

Weeks 16 to 21

6 weeks’ QPIP parental benefits (75%) + employer’s allowance = 95% of basic salary

Parental leave

(Art. 26.41)

Weeks 22 to 40

19 weeks’ QPIP parental benefits (75%)

Total:

40 weeks

(21 weeks x 95%) + (19 weeks x 75%)

In both cases (general plan and special plan), to receive 95% of your salary throughout your maternity leave, it is mandatory to make both the maternity leave application and the parental leave application to the QPIP. The applications may be made through the QPIP Web site (www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca). If no maternity or parental leave application is made to the QPIP, the benefit you receive will be limited to the employer’s portion, i.e., 25% of your salary.

It is also necessary to make a maternity leave application to your establishment, generally to the teaching office, at least two weeks before the leave commences. At that time you will have to provide a medical certificate attesting to the pregnancy and to the expected date of delivery.